On Friday in their opening Second Round game, the Iowa State Cyclones looked every bit the national championship contender every has them pegged to be as they cruised right past North Carolina Central and will now play North Carolina in the round of 32. But, if they’re going to fulfill those title hopes, they’re going to have to go about that mission from here on out without one of their key players, Georges Niang, as he has been ruled out for the rest of the tournament with a foot injury.
Georges Niang has a foot fracture and will miss the remainder of the season.
— Cyclone Basketball (@CycloneMBB) March 22, 2014
Niang suffered the injury in the win over North Carolina Central after scoring 24 points and adding in six rebounds. While much of the focus is put on DeAndre Kane and Melvin Ejim, Niang is just as important to this team as anyone, as we found out on Friday in that huge win.
So now, the pressure will be on Kane and Ejim to carry the Big 12 champs through the rest of the tournament.