UCF and UC-Irvine will present unique challenges to opponents this season with each team starting a 7-foor-6 center. That advantage will be taken away when the two teams meet on Wednesday night in Orlando.
The Knights have freshman Tacko Fall, a Top-150 prospect and the tallest recruit in school history. The Anteaters have Mamadou Ndiaye, the rim-protecting vet who was the second-leading scorer in the team’s near-upset of Louisville in last season’s NCAA tournament.
According to UC-Irvine, the two made history on Wednesday night as the tallest matchup ever recorded in college basketball history.
History! 7’6 Mamadou Ndiaye leads @UCIrvine vs 7’6 Taco Fall @UCF_MBB 7pm @ESPN3 @MWhoops pic.twitter.com/ApGQ2RWeDF
— Drew Fellios (@DrewSportsTV) November 18, 2015
This match up almost didn’t happen but thanks to a recent NCAA ruling Tacko Fall has been cleared to play this season for the Knights.