Here’s what to put on your Cardinal & Gold radar this week, friends: The Iowa State men’s basketball team is in the Sweet 16 and headed to Chicago this week!
The Cyclones were in control from the jump Saturday at the Pepsi Center in Denver, as they cruised past 12th-seeded Little Rock, which had upset No. 5 Purdue two days earlier, to put themselves in the coveted sweet spot. Senior All-American Georges Niang led the way for the Cyclones for the fourth game in a row, scoring 28 points and snaring six boars en route to a 78-61 victory.
“That’s the best offensive team we’ve played all year, and I thought their defense was even better tonight than we expected,” Little Rock head coach Chris Beard said. “We played a very, very tough schedule this season, so when I say something like ‘that’s the best team we’ve played all year,’ hopefully that will bring a little merit. That’s a team that can win the regional and play in Houston.”
“Coach Hoiberg, we’re coming for you,” Niang told the TNT cameras before jogging off the court in victory Saturday night. Niang and his teammates will play in front of their former coach, now head coach of the Chicago Bulls, Friday at the United Center. The Cyclones take on top-seeded Virginia at 6:10 p.m. CT for a chance to advance to the Midwest Region final.
Get travel and ticket info for this week’s journey to Chicago on our website at www.isualum.org/ncaa, and stay tuned for information about fan event info.