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Cyclones will have to make Sweet 16 without Georges Niang

Coach Hoiberg meets with the media prior to Saturday's practice. (Cyclone Facebook)
Coach Hoiberg meets with the media prior to Saturday’s practice.
(Cyclone Facebook)

SAN ANTONIO – The road to the Sweet 16 just got tougher for the Iowa State Cyclones.

The Cyclones will be without third-team All-Big 12 pick Georges Niang against North Carolina on Sunday.  Niang suffered a broken bone in his right foot in the second half of Friday’s win against North Carolina Central. Niang scored 24 points on 9-of-14 shooting prior to the injury. He had averaged 20.4 points in the last five games.

ISU will face North Carolina (24-9) Saturday in the third round of the NCAA Tournament. It is ISU’s third consecutive trip to the round of 32. The game will be televised by CBS with tipoff at 4:15 PM.

Iowa State and North Carolina will be meeting for the third time. UNC holds a 3-0 edge in the all-time series, with the last meeting coming in the second round of the 2005 NCAA Tournament (92-65).  Fred Hoiberg’s final game as a Cyclone was in the 1995 NCAA Tournament in Tallahassee. He scored 12 points in 39 minutes in that game.

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