Not even close – Cyclones smack Irish

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DAYTON, Ohio — Bring on the Buckeyes. 

According to seeding, it was an upset but to anybody in the University of Dayton Arena or watching on television around America for that matter, the better team won. No, the better team dominated. 

Iowa State went on a 21-5 run to end the first half and never looked back, while cruising to a convincing 76-58 rout of Notre Dame in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Iowa State was led by freshman Georges Niang, who scored 19 points on a 9-for-13 shooting performance from the field. The Cyclones only turned the ball over six times compared to 17 by the Fighting Irish. 

Up next is a date with the two-seed Ohio State, who beat 15th seeded Iona 95-70 earlier in the evening. Tip time for Sunday’s third round game is still to be determined. 

Check out later tonight for complete coverage of the big win. 

Chris Williams


Chris was hired as Cyclone Fanatic’s publisher in the fall of 2009. He is Iowa State football's postgame show host on the Cyclone Radio Network and can be heard daily from 4-7 on Des Moines' top-rated sports station, 1460 KXnO. Williams, a 2007 graduate of Iowa State’s Greenlee School of Journalism, is the former publisher of the old ( He has also written for the Des Moines Register, the Ames Tribune, and is the former sports director at KMA Radio. When Williams isn’t working, you can usually find him doing something outdoors with his wife Ashley, daughter Camryn, and Golden Retriever Dierks. He enjoys golfing, boating, country music, the Minnesota Vikings, Atlanta Braves and is passionate about any and all motor sports so finding Williams at a local dirt track is very common.