Cyclones Meet North Carolina In Round of 32
AMES, Iowa - Iowa State (27-7, 11-7) will face North Carolina (24-9) Sunday 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 p.m.
Where: San Antonio, Texas - AT&T Center (17,731)
When: March 23, 4:15 p.m. (CT)
Radio: Cyclone Radio Network/Learfield
Talent: John Walters (PxP), Eric Heft (Color)
Talent: Marv Albert (PxP), Steve Kerr (Color); Craig Sager (Reporter)
Webcast: March Madness Live
Live Stats: Live stats will be available at NCAAsports.com
Live Blog: Due to NCAA rules no live blog will be available. Thanks for participating all season.
- ISU (26-7) is a No. 3 seed in the NCAA Tournament after winning its second Big 12 Championship title. The Cyclones will face sixth-seeded North Carolina (24-9) in the third round. The Cyclones are making their 16th NCAA Tournament appearance and third-straight under Fred Hoiberg. It is just the second time in school history that ISU has made three tournaments in a row (95-97).
- The Cyclones will be without third-team All-Big 12 pick Georges Niang, who 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.
- 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).
- Hoiberg has 89 career wins, which makes him the winningest coach in the first four seasons at ISU (Larry Eustachy, 84).
- The Cyclones have had five different players tally 20+ points in a game this season.
- Melvin Ejim has been named the Big 12 Player of the Year and a second-team All-American by the USBWA. He is the first Cyclone to earn the award since Jamaal Tinsley (2001). He is leading the conference averaging 18.1 points, up 6.8 ppg from last season. The last Cyclone to lead the conference in scoring was Marcus Fizer (1999, 2000). Ejim and Duke’s Jabari Parker are the only players in a power conference averaging at least 18 pts, eight rebounds while also shooting at least 50 percent from the field and 34 percent behind the arc.
- Ejim is a Capital One First-Team Academic All-American, joining Fred Hoiberg as the only first-team members in school history. No first-team pick has led the Big 12 in scoring. Ejim is the fourth player in Big 12 history to score 1,500 points and grab 1,000 career rebounds.
- Big 12 Newcomer of the Year and Big 12 Tournament Most Outstanding Player DeAndre Kane has scored 20+ points in five of the last nine games. Kane is shooting a career-best 40 percent behind the arc (previous: 31.8, 2010-11). He has more than 2,000 career points, 700 rebounds and 600 assists.
- Freshman Monté Morris has started the last 14 games and is currently on pace to break the NCAA record with a 5.12 assist-turnover ratio. In conference play, his a/to ratio was 6.9. Morris set an ISU freshman record with 12 assists (no turnovers) in ISU’s win against West Virginia.
- Iowa State is leading the Big 12 and is sixth nationally in scoring (83.2). The Cyclones share and protect the ball as well as anyone in the country, dishing out 18.6 assists (1st in nation) and posting a 1.77 assist/turnover ratio (2nd in nation, 1st in Big 12).
Iowa State-UNC Series Tidbits
- Iowa State and North Carolina are meeting for just the fourth time and first since the second round of the 2005 NCAA Tournament. UNC has won all meetings, including a 92-65 win in 2005 on its way to the national title.
- All of the meetings have come on a neutral floor.
- 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.
- The Cyclones are 3-16 all-time against teams from the ACC.
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