Iowa State knocks off Arkansas-Little Rock to make Sweet Sixteen

No. 4 Iowa State made No. 12 Arkansas Little-Rock look foolish as it punched a ticket to the Sweet Sixteen in a 78-61 victory. Senior Georges Niang led the Cyclones with 28 points and shot 11 of 18 from the field as Iowa State shot nearly 57 percent from the field and 52 percent from three-point range.

Moreover, Trojans star guard Josh Hagins was limited to eight points after lighting up No. 5 Purdue for 31 on Thursday night. Arkansas-Little Rock shot just 37 percent from the field and 32 percent from three-point range, but still ended its season with hope for a bright future under coach Chris Beard.

Long story short, Iowa State was simply unstoppable tonight. The Cyclones only had six fast-break points and were just in perfect sync, and can now look forward to a trip to Chicago next week, where former coach Fred Hoiberg coaches the NBA’s Chicago Bulls. Iowa State will next play the winner of tonight’s game between No. 1 Virginia and No. 9 Butler.

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