Nov 21, 2013, 12:18 AM EDT
After beating a Michigan team that at the time was ranked in the Top 10 on Sunday afternoon, many wondered if No. 21 Iowa State would be able to follow that performance with a win at BYU. The Marriott Center has been one of the toughest environments for visiting teams to win in, especially one that essentially plays seven players as the Cyclones do.
Two players (Melvin Ejim and Dustin Hogue) fouled out and a third (DeAndre Kane; flagrant two) was ejected in the late stages of Wednesday night’s game, but Fred Hoiberg’s team found a way to leave Provo with the 90-88 victory. Ejim and Kane finished the game with 21 points apiece, and the contributions of sophomore Georges Niang shouldn’t be overlooked either.
Niang finished the game with 19 points and eight assists, and on multiple occasions he was the one who would make the critical play for the Cyclones in the second half. Ejim receives his fair share of attention but Niang’s a player to be reckoned with as well, and Wednesday’s performance was the latest example of this.
Tyler Haws (20 points) and Matt Carlino (19) led four Cougars in double figures, but Iowa State made the high-scoring tandem work for their opportunities in the second half. After combining to shoot 11-for-21 in the first half Haws and Carlino shot a combined 4-for-18 in the second half, with Haws making just one of those attempts. Haws had a chance to give BYU the lead with just over eight seconds remaining, but his jump shot was blocked by the seldom-used Daniel Edozie.
Within a four-day stretch Iowa State picked up two wins that will not only help them now, when it comes to national attention, but also down the line when the discussion shifts to NCAA tournament bids and seeding. Iowa State went into a hostile environment, lost three of their most important players down the stretch and still found a way to win. And that’s without a doubt something the Cyclones can build on as they move closer to the start of Big 12 play.
Mar 14, 2014, 1:17 AM EDT
Richmond knocked off Duquesne in their Atlantic 10 tournament opener on Thursday. The Spiders are pretty much out of the NCAA tournament picture at this point, but that doesn’t mean that Richmond has nothing to play for. The Spiders will advance to take on intra-city rival VCU on Friday, a game that will also be…
Mar 14, 2014, 12:52 AM EDT
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Mar 14, 2014, 12:22 AM EDT
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Mar 14, 2014, 12:19 AM EDT
Iowa loses for the sixth time in the last seven games, with their defense once again being an issue. And against Northwestern the Hawkeyes struggled offensively as well.
Mar 13, 2014, 11:36 PM EDT
UCLA didn’t finish the regular season playing its best basketball, but the Bruins bounced back in a big way in their Pac-12 tournament opener.
Mar 13, 2014, 11:23 PM EDT
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Mar 13, 2014, 11:04 PM EDT
Boston College reportedly will not be letting go of their head coach.
Mar 13, 2014, 9:41 PM EDT
Iowa’s basketball team wore t-shirts to support the son of their head coach.
Mar 13, 2014, 9:35 PM EDT
Baylor wins its second Big 12 tournament game in as many nights, advancing to the semifinals.
Mar 13, 2014, 8:40 PM EDT
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Mar 13, 2014, 8:18 PM EDT
Colorado wins its second straight to advance to the Pac-12 tournament semifinals.
Mar 13, 2014, 7:35 PM EDT
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Mar 13, 2014, 7:12 PM EDT
SEC bubble team Arkansas can only wait and hope they’ve done enough in the eyes of the selection committee after falling to South Carolina in the second round of the SEC tournament
Mar 13, 2014, 7:00 PM EDT
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Mar 13, 2014, 6:16 PM EDT
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Mar 13, 2014, 6:15 PM EDT
The Atlantic Tournament kicks off in Brooklyn on Thursday afternoon and the NBC Sports Network will be there to help you get through the first two days. The first game of the evening set, between Richmond and Duquesne, can be seen on the NBC Sports Network while the night cap, UMass vs. Rhode Island, will…
Mar 13, 2014, 5:53 PM EDT
Bubble team Dayton is now 10-1 in its last 11 games after beating Fordham in Brooklyn, setting up a quarterfinal matchup with Saint Joseph’s.
Mar 13, 2014, 5:33 PM EDT
Despite a mediocre outing from senior All-American Bryce Cotton, Providence held on for a 79-74 win over St. John’s on Thursday as the Friars won the Big East Tournament quarterfinal game which amounted to an NCAA Tournament play-in game for the two bubble teams.
Mar 13, 2014, 5:24 PM EDT
No. 4 Arizona rides suffocating defense and a balanced offense to a win over Utah in the Pac-12 quarters.
Mar 13, 2014, 4:57 PM EDT
Ohio State survived a last-second three-point attempt by Purdue guard Terone Johnson as the No. 24 Buckeyes held on for a 63-61 victory.
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