VCU out of NCAA Tournament after falling to UCF 73-58


A case could be made that, historically, UCF's basketball program has been holding the athletic program back for years.

- Tacko Fall had 10 points, 18 rebounds and five blocks as ninth-seeded UCF won its first NCAA Tournament game, a 73-58 victory over No. 8 seed VCU on Friday night. Not only is this the program's first berth as a member of the AAC, and fifth in total, but this is also its first at-large berth; this is also the highest seed the Knights have ever earned, as their previous highest was 14th, which last came in 2005 after an Atlantic Sun Tournament Victory.

The Knights will play against Duke at 5:15 p.m. on Sunday in the Round of 32, the game will air on News 6.

The Knights went on another run, this time 10-0, to close out the first half and take a 10-point lead into the locker room. Aubrey Dawkins added 14 points. UCF went nearly the first six minutes without a basket but got its stride and hit 10-of-11 shots during a stretch and led 34-24 at halftime. The Rams got it to within 62-55 with 4:53 left before Dawkins hit a layup and Fall capped off the 7-0 run with a falling down bank shot to make it 70-56.

UCF and Duke will face off Sunday, March, 24th in Columbia, Carolina, with the time of tip-off still to be determined. Juxtapose that with VCU, which has built a national basketball reputation by advancing to the tournament in eight of the last nine seasons.

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Double-double: UCF's Tacko Fall has 25 career double-doubles including seven this season. The Knights shot 46.7 percent, with 50 percent from beyond the arc.

Jenkins return: SC native De'Riante Jenkins scored 10 points but on just 4-of-16 shooting in his first game in the Palmetto State since his junior year in high school at Lake Marion.

The UCF vs VCU game is up for 9:30 PM EST, on March 22nd, 2019, on the CBS (US) network.

"We had a guy on our team like that, like Larry Sanders, where if you're going to attack somebody that big and they're waiting for you and ready for you, it's probably not a good decision".

That was the edict Knights senior guard B.J. Taylor issued heading into Friday night's NCAA Tournament game against VCU. The knee injury to VCU star Marcus Evans is a huge reason why, as he's the team's leader on both ends of the court, averaging 13.8 points, 3.2 assists and 3.0 rebounds per game.