Though some sports rivalries are incredibly intense and sometimes get nasty, one thing is always common:
Earlier today, Hield announced his intention to return to school for his senior season. In response, Niang took to Twitter and posted his feelings on the subject.
Keep in mind that Iowa State and Oklahoma both play in the Big 12, and the Sooners blew a lead in the Big 12 Conference tournament semifinals against the Cyclones, who would later go on to defeat Kansas to become Big 12 Champions.
In his team’s three games against Iowa State, Hield averaged 19.6 points and six rebounds per contest, but was guarded well as he shot just 37.5 percent from the field. In the same series, Niang averaged 14.3 points and 7.3 boards while shooting 43 percent from the floor.
Both teams have a great deal of talent on their respective rosters, and the Big 12 is becoming a hotbed of great college basketball, what with Kansas constantly contending and the Texas Longhorns about to receive a makeover thanks to new head coach Shaka Smart.
Now that these two young men will be competing against each other for another year, fans will be wise to not miss any Big 12 action in 2015-2016.
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