The recent US NCAA basketball game between University of Central Florida (UCF) and University of California, Irvine (UC Irvine) was a highly-anticipated contest, not because of a longstanding rivalry but, rather, a colossal matchup in the paint.
UC Irvine's 7'6" Senegalese recruit, junior Mamadou N'diaye, have not had to look anyone straight in the eye during a game until the arrival of UCF Knights freshman Tacko Fall, who has the same height (and country of origin) as N'diaye.
The two beanpoles recently faced off on the court, and those in attendance stood up for a better view, especially when they lined up for the jump ball.
You'd think a tip-off between two of the tallest players to ever play college basketball would be a brief but spectacular aerial battle. Well, that's not exactly what happened:
Moral lesson: Timing is key.
In the end though, Fall got the better of his similarly-gigantic rival, finishing with seven rebounds, four blocks, and six points in just 14 minutes of play. Meanwhile, N'diaye was limited to two boards and five markers, no thanks to his four fouls. Still, UC Irvine managed to gut out a close 61-60 win.
These two have a lot to learn before pulling off a perfect DeAndre Jordan tip: