NCAA tournament: UCF glides by VCU, 73-58

NCAA tournament: UCF glides by VCU, 73-58
NCAA tournament: UCF glides by VCU, 73-58

25 March, 2019

Zion Williamson took on 7-foot-6 Tacko Fall at the end and won. UCF's defense will need to be at least this good to have a shot at knocking off Duke in Round 2.

"It's one of those things where, you know, for all of us, it's just, like I said, it's awkward, too", he said.

VCU's leading scorer, Marcus Evans, was injured in the team's Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament semifinal game last week and is questionable as of Friday evening. UCF shot 49 percent from the floor and 9 of 14 from three (64.3 percent). And, of course, there's the close relationship between UCF coach Johnny Dawkins and his former coach, now friend and mentor, Duke's Mike Krzyzewski. The two coaches shared a long embrace at midcourt after it was over. He finished with a team-high 11 points.

UCF guard B.J. Taylor: "We talked about leaving our legacy ever since coach Dawkins came here so this feels great".

Top-seeded Duke beat North Dakota State 85-62, and No. 9 UCF topped eighth-seeded VCU, 73-58.

"Fall is a 7'6" 310-pound monster who has really blossomed into his now-senior season. Fall is the tallest player in the NCAA tournament. But Williamson got this shot to drop, shouting as he fell hard to the ground.

It's no surprise the matchup between Williamson and Fall has drawn so much attention given the players involved. And when Fall was hit with foul trouble, Williamson charged to the hoop.

Duke's four fantastic freshmen combined for 72 of its 77 points. He gets 18 rebounds in an NCAA tournament game, a double-double, that's having a huge impact on a game, and he's capable of doing that.

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Once again, the Blue Devils responded, taking a seven point lead, however, the Knights had another run in them, taking a four point lead with under two minutes to go. Williamson, from his thunderous block in the opening minute, played his part.

The Blue Devils advanced to the Sweet 16 on Friday in Washington D.C., and will play the victor of the Virginia Tech vs. Liberty game.

UCF (24-8) built a 21-point lead in the second half.

The two were the focus of this one and at the start mimicked the start of the classic Rocky III final fight scene where a stone-faced Rocky Balboa stared straight at talkative Clubber Lang. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our College Basketball Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.

Williamson took no issue with that when informed of Fall's comments on Saturday.

The Knights extra-big-man wears size 22 shoes. Duke will need to be more consistent if it hopes to make a championship run.

Duke survived and it will advance to the Sweet 16, and that's all you can ask of a team in the NCAA Tournament.

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