NCAA Latest: Tacko-Zion matchup highlights 2nd round games

2 years 2 months 2 weeks ago Sunday, March 24 2019 Mar 24, 2019 March 24, 2019 10:11 AM March 24, 2019 in Sports - AP - National

By The Associated Press

The Latest on the second round of the NCAA Tournament (all times Eastern):


One of the matchups Sunday for the Sweet 16 features college basketball's tallest player going against its most dynamic star.

Duke has Zion Williamson, an explosive freshman widely expected to go No. 1 in the NBA draft. UCF has Tacko Fall, a 7-foot-6 center who has an 8-4 wingspan, barely needing to jump to grab rebounds over other players in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Fall says he doesn't want to make it about a 1-on-1 matchup, but he did say he'll try not to let Williamson dunk on him. Williamson shrugged that off but says he has a lot of respect for how skilled and agile Fall is for his size.

Fall had 13 points, 18 rebounds and five blocks in helping UCF (24-8) to its first-ever NCAA victory over eighth-seeded VCU in the first round.

Williamson had 25 points and put on a dazzling, dominant show in the second half to lift Duke (30-5) to an 85-62 victory over North Dakota State.


11:30 a.m.

North Carolina and Virginia are both trying to get off to faster starts on Sunday after trailing at halftime in their first round games.

North Carolina forward Luke Maye says the top-seeded Tar Heels can't have that letdown against No. 9 seed Washington.

Virginia should feel a little more confident now that it's advanced beyond the first round. Virginia became the first No. 1 seed ever to lose to a No. 16 seed last year when it fell to Maryland-Baltimore County.

Virginia guard Kyle Guy says his team can breathe a little easier but can't be relaxed in the single-elimination tournament.


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Virginia Tech and Liberty are located less than 100 miles from each other but have traveled all the way across the country to San Jose, California, to face off with an East Region semifinal berth at stake.

The 13th-seeded Flames earned this date with No. 4 seed Virginia Tech by upsetting Mississippi State 80-76 for their first NCAA Tournament victory.

These two teams should know each other pretty well. Virginia Tech beat Liberty 86-70 in a preseason exhibition that raised over $36,000 for hurricane victims.

They haven't met with anything on the line since Virginia Tech beat Liberty 73-63 on Nov. 19, 2014.


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