Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 3/22/14
To face North Carolina when you’re healthy is tough enough, but to do it without Georges Niang? Stranger things have happened, I guess. They call this March Madness, right? We’re programmed to expect things like Mercer over Duke, but for the second year in a row, the foot area is Iowa State’s Achilles’ heel. With 7½ minutes remaining in the third-seeded Cyclones’ 93-75 victory against North Carolina Central in the second round of the East Regional on Friday, Niang broke his right ankle. Thinking it was just a cramp, he played a couple more possessions. He even scored a broken-foot basket. He played until limping off the floor and getting an X-ray. Broken. He’s done for the season, just like Chris Babb was after missing the second half against Ohio State in last year’s NCAA Tournament, thanks to a sprained ankle. “I didn’t even think of that until now,” Niang said, near tears in the locker room after a big ol’ hug from his roomie, Naz Long. It didn’t matter that Niang scored 15 of
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