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Tacko Fall, UCFs 7-foot-6 center, says he wont allow Zion Williamson to dunk on him

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Fall put up 13 points, 18 rebounds and five blocks to help UCF, the No. 9 seed in the East region, move past No. 8 seed VCU and into the Round of 32 of the NCAA tournament.

"They had to work for their shots," Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski said. "The thing that they did when they missed, in the first half, was they got their rebounds. We were not defensive rebounding. They are a really good team. I watched six of their games. I told my guys, 'They don't beat themselves.' They play solid, really good basketball. Each kid has confidence in their role. They are a very well well-coached team. I'm very impressed by them."

Next for the Knights is No. 1 seed Duke, setting up one of the most unique one-on-one matchups in the tournament when Blue Devils phenom Zion Williamson meets Fall in the paint. Fall told NCAA.com that you shouldnt expect to see him splashed across Williamsons highlights.

Notably absent was junior Jared Samuelson, the Bison's best 3-point shooter. Samuelson went into the game having made a team-high 38 3-pointers, shooting a team-high percentage of 48.7. Samuelson didn't make a 3-pointer against Duke and only attempted one. Other usually reliable shooters like Rocky Kreuser and reserve Tyree Eady were also blanked.

Its very hard (to dunk on me). I wont allow it. I wont allow him to put me on one of his highlight tapes, Fall said.

Obviously, its very exciting, he said. You got a guy whos 7-6. You got a guy whos a freak athlete, very talented. But at the end of the day, its a ball game. Its basketball. We cant make it bigger than what it really is. I dont want it to be like a freak show between Zion and I. Its bigger than that. Its UCF versus Duke.

Central Floridas Tacko Fall had 13 points, 18 rebounds and five blocks against VCU. (AP Photo/Richard Shiro)MoreFall, the tallest player in college basketball, is a unique talent, but he knows Williamson — an elite athlete at 6-foot-7 and 285 pounds and the likely No. 1 NBA draft pick — is special.

Williamson is college basketballs most dynamic player, a dunking sensation who had nearly 2 million Instagram followers before he graduated high school. Fall is the tallest player in college basketball, a curiosity who shoots 75 percent from the field and blocks 2.6 shots per game.

Zion is a great talent. Hes someone weve never seen with his size, his athleticism and hes so quick. Its going to be a team defense. Were all going to play our part, Fall told NCAA.com.

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I wont allow it. I wont allow him to put me on one of his highlight tapes.After advancing past VCU, @UCF_MBBs Tacko Fall tells @TheAndyKatz he wont allow Zion to dunk on him! #MarchMadness pic.twitter.com/PIMxP5iKFJ

What does Zion Williamson think of 7-6 Tacko Fall saying he wont allow him to posterize him? Clears throat: What is he supposed to say? Is he supposed to say Im going to dunk on him? He said the right thing.

Duke, after a slow start, dispatched No. 16 seed North Dakota State 85-62 on Friday night. Williamson, from his thunderous block in the opening minute, played his part. The freshman finished the night with 25 points, one shy of fellow freshman R.J. Barretts 26.

Yes, the No. 1 seed Duke Blue Devils took care of business against 16th-seeded NDSU. The final score was 85-62. But what will perhaps live on far longer than the scoreline is a particular photo snapped by Gettys Kevin C. Cox:

The mighty Bison did not present much resistance for Williamson and the Blue Devils, but Fall and the Knights may be a different story. Theres another level to the matchup beyond Fall vs. Williamson, too. UCF head coach Johnny Dawkins played for legendary Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski from 1982 to 1986.

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