Iowa State used an overpowering second half against North Carolina Central late Friday night to avoid the kind of upset that has tripped up other highly seeded teams in this NCAA tournament.
Then came the bad news for the Cyclones -- or, really, the bad break. Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg said Georges Niang, who scored 24 points in the win, will miss the rest of the tournament with a broken bone in his right foot.
That leaves the third-seeded Cyclones without a key player in one of the most balanced offenses in the country when they play No. 6 seed North Carolina today in the East Region.
"You can't sit here and cry about it," Hoiberg said. "We'll miss him, but at the same time, I believe in these guys, the five guys we'll put on the floor."
A CBS announcer apologized to a Polish-born Gonzaga player for using a derogatory term while describing the defense Oklahoma State was using against Przemek Karnowski. In an effort to make a comeback in the second half, Oklahoma State started deliberately fouling Karnowski, who is a poor free-throw shooter. Andrew Catalon, the play-by-play announcer, called the strategy "Hack-a-Polack." Catalon's broadcasting partner, former NBA player Mike Gminski, who is of Polish descent, immediately responded, "Easy now," and chuckled at the comment. Catalon apologized on-air, then found Karnowski after the game to apologize personally.
With only two rounds in the books, Stats LLC notes the all-time mark for most overtime games is in jeopardy. Stephen F. Austin's come-from-behind thriller against VCU was the sixth overtime affair in the tournament, topped only by the seven overtime games in 1995 and 1997. In three other years -- 1975, 2006 and 2008 -- there were also six games that extended past regulation. That leaves this year's edition with 31 games, or chances, if you like, to match or surpass the all-time mark.
Quardell Young drove the length of the court for a go-ahead layup with 0.9 seconds left as Wisconsin-Whitewater held off Williams, 75-73, in Salem, Va., to win the NCAA Division III title. ... Ohio State coach Thad Matta announced that reserve sophomore guard Amedeo Della Valle of Alba, Italy, is leaving the team to play professionally in Europe.