How is it that the tallest player in college basketball always ends up getting defended by a guard? Last month against Oregon, UC-Irvine's 7-foot-6 center, Mamadou Ndiaye, found himself getting guarded by 5-foot-8 PG Johnathon Lloyd -- a photo of the battle in the paint went viral because the massive height discrepancy between the two players.
Tonight, UC-Irvine took on Cal State Northridge, and Ndiaye found little resistance in the paint, but it wasn't because of a lack of effort by the Matadors. On one possession late in the second half, Ndiaye was guarded by 6-foot-7 forward Stephen Maxwell down low -- knowing that Maxwell didn't have the strength to guard him, Ndiaye quickly spun with the ball to attack the rim. While there was about a one percent chance that the center could be stopped, Matadors guard Landon Drew noble tried to be the help-side shot blocker, despite giving up 17 inches and 115 pounds to his opponent.
Needless to say, Drew got dunked on. Ndiaye appreciated the effort though, and patted Drew on the chest before heading up the court the other way.