Trying to score in the paint against the UCF Knights is sometimes quite difficult. That’s because UCF has the tallest player in college basketball in Tacko Fall, a 7’6 senior center who menacingly patrols the paint and dares opposing players to challenge him at the rim. Fall might have bitten off a little more than he can chew, though, with his comments to Andy Katz of NCAA.com about the Knights’ upcoming NCAA Tournament game against Duke.
Katz spoke to Fall on the heels of UCF’s 73-58 drubbing of VCU in the opening round on Friday night, a game in which the big man blocked five shots. With Duke on the horizon in Sunday’s second round contest, Katz asked Fall about the challenge of stopping Williamson. Fall gave a very good answer about needing a team effort to slow everyone down, at which point Katz asked Fall about how hard it is to dunk on the imposing Knight.
“It’s very hard,” Fall said around the 3:18 mark of the video. “I mean, I won’t allow it. I won’t allow it. I won’t allow him putting me on one of his highlight tapes.”
Fall is correct that it’s hard to scale the mountain when he’s patrolling the paint — per KenPom, he’s 14th nationally in block percentage, and in terms of raw numbers, Fall averages 2.48 blocks in 24.7 minutes per game. He hasn’t faced anyone quite like Williamson, which should make for an interesting moment or two if they meet at the rim. Perhaps Fall will, indeed, keep the presumed No. 1 overall pick from putting him on a poster, or maybe Williamson will catch a body and ring Tacko’s bell.