Tacko Fall and Mamadou Ndiaye, both 7-6, whiff on tip off

UC Irvine center Mamadou Ndiaye and Central Florida center Tacko Fall swing and miss at the opening tip of Wednesday’s game in Orlando.John Raoux/AP

UC Irvine center Mamadou Ndiaye and Central Florida center Tacko Fall swing and miss at the opening tip of Wednesday’s game in Orlando.

The bigger they are, the harder they fail.

A pair of 7-foot-6 Senegalese sensations, Tacko Fall and Mamadou Ndiaye, whiffed on the opening tip of Wednesday night’s game between Central Florida and U.C. Irvine in Orlando, with the Anteaters only gaining posession after Ndiaye slapped the ball back to guard Alex Dunning after the two big men had already swung and missed at the rock.

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At 7-foot-6, you’d think that at least one of these two guys, UFC’s Tacko Fall and UC Irvine’s Mamadou Ndiaye, would get a hand on the opening tip. And you’d be wrong for thinking that.John Raoux/AP

At 7-foot-6, you’d think that at least one of these two guys, UFC’s Tacko Fall and UC Irvine’s Mamadou Ndiaye, would get a hand on the opening tip. And you’d be wrong for thinking that.

The game was billed as the tallest matchup in college basketball history, and Knights fans were cheering “He’s big. He’s tall. His name is Tacko Fall,” from the outset.

Fall didn’t give them much to cheer about, though. He had just six points and seven rebounds in 27 minutes, he also had four blocks, in his debut — he was only recently cleared by the NCAA — while Ndiaye played only 19 minutes and scored five points and pulled down a whopping two rebounds.

“Now I can see how people feel when they play against me,” Fall said after the 61-60 overtime loss.

— With News Wire Services

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