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Box Score: Iowa State 85, North Carolina 83

View the complete box score from North Carolina's 85-83 loss to the Iowa State Cyclones Sunday in the NCAA Tournament round of 32. (View Box Score)

Tar Heels Take On High-Powered Cyclones For Sweet 16 Berth

Next up for the Tar Heels are the Iowa State Cyclones, one of the premier offensive units in the country. The Cyclones tore apart NC Central in their opening contest, seemingly scoring at will. UNC's Brice Johnson says it was important for Carolina to reassert its dominance on the glass in their NCAA opener. That will certainly be another key Sunday against Iowa State. (

UNC to take on weakened Iowa State

North Carolina can sympathize with Iowa State. Two years ago, the Tar Heels were in nearly an identical position — a handy defeat of their opponent coupled with a shocking and disheartening loss. Iowa State drubbed N.C. Central 93-75, but in the minutes following its statement win, the news of the loss of forward Georges Niang spread . (Daily Tar Heel)

Preview & Prediction: #6 UNC vs #3 Iowa State

Friday night injury to 6-7 Georges Niang took out Iowa State's tallest player. It is an understatement to say the Tar Heels enjoy a significant advantage with their interior size. Or do they? While UNC certainly has bigger players, there is a legitimate question of which team these kind of mismatches truly favor. Prediction: UNC 82 Iowa State 78 (Tar Heel Blog)

Video: UNC Players Pre-Iowa State Press Conference

Marcus Paige and Brice Johnson meet with the media prior to North Carolina's NCAA Tournament matchup with Iowa State. (View Video...)

The Mysteries of March Madness

March is all about omens. With the consistently-inconsistent 2014 North Carolina Tar Heels, the basketball gods have been holding their cards close to the chest. After wins against top-ten teams like Duke, Louisville, Michigan State and Kentucky, coupled with inexplicable losses to UAB, Miami and Belmont, the Carolina faithful now take any sign – fortunate or ill-favored — they can get. (

Life goes on for the Cyclones without Georges Niang

Ready or not, the time has come. Georges Niang will not be in Iowa State's (27-7) lineup in a third-round NCAA Tournament bout with the East Region's 6-seed, North Carolina (24-9) on Sunday. Niang, who led Iowa State with 24 points in Friday night's 93-75 victory over N.C. Central, will miss the rest of the season with a broken foot. (Cyclone Fanatic)

What's wrong with Harrison Barnes?

Since that solid start, the season has gone downhill for Barnes. Sure, there are flashes here and there of the 21-year-old's immense talent, but the results simply haven't been there on the whole. Worst of all, his performances are hitting a new low as Golden State hits the stretch run. (SB Nation)

Video: Roy Williams Pre-Iowa State Press Conference

Roy Williams addresses the media ahead of North Carolina's NCAA third round matchup with Iowa State in San Antonio, Texas. (View Video...)

Marcus Paige is no Heel for leaving Iowa

There are plenty of basketball fans in Iowa who have little time for Marcus Paige since he left Linn-Mar High to play for North Carolina. He’s not a Hawkeye. So forget about him, say some Iowa supporters. He’s not a Cyclone, so ditto say some Iowa State fans. But many others were happy Paige went where his heart led him. (The Gazette)

Tar Heels look to run with Iowa State

They've scored 83.2 points per game, good for sixth in the country. They've scored 90 points or more 11 times — three times in their last four games. It would be easy for an opposing team to be intimidated, but sixth-seeded North Carolina — who will take on the Cyclones in the NCAA Tournament's third round Sunday — is anything but. (Daily Tar Heel)

Marcus Paige happy with college decision

The home-state connections are ever-present today in the NCAA Tournament for North Carolina point guard Marcus Paige. The Tar Heels take on Iowa State, the Big 12 Conference school that started recruiting him as a freshman in high school and is located in Ames, about a two-hour drive from where he grew up in Marion. (Gaston Gazette)

UNC freshman Kennedy Meeks a key variable in NCAA tournament

Inside the UNC locker room on Saturday, Kennedy Meeks sat alone in front of his stall while people with the cameras and microphones rushed past to talk to James Michael McAdoo and others. Meeks, the freshman forward from Charlotte, is a starter for the Tar Heels but he doesn’t receive the most attention. That’s fine by him. Even he didn’t know how much his success has meant to his team. (Charlotte Observer)

With Niang out, will Cyclones employ air assault against Tar Heels?

Fred Hoiberg is fairly conservative. He doesn’t really say or do many things people would call outrageous. Tune in Sunday to see if that’s still the case. His team’s best chance to beat sixth-seeded North Carolina in the third round of the NCAA Tournament’s East Regional just might be an aerial assault over the heads and beyond the long reach of taller Tar Heels. (Des Moines Register)

Niang keeps Cyclones cool as Carolina awaits

Iowa State marches into today's game against North Carolina (24-9, 13-5 ACC) with a shot at its first Sweet 16 berth since 2000 and has prepared to do so without its key facilitator on offense. In his last five games Georges Niang has scored in bunches, averaging just above 20 points and six rebounds per game. This is including Friday night’s 24 points. (Mason City Globe Gazette)

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