Cyclones’ Niang leaves it all on the court in upset of Kansas — including a lot of blood

Georges Niang left with quite the battle scar after the Iowa State Cyclones upset the Kansas Jayhawks in the Big 12 tournament.

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Iowa State upset top-seed Kansas on Friday night in an intense Big 12 tournament battle, but the Jayhawks weren’t the only ones who left stunned.  

The victory for Iowa State represented its first in four tries against Kansas in the Big 12 tournament, and its first over the Jayhawks in Kansas City since March 10, 1996, when the schools were still part of the Big Eight. It also allowed Iowa State to match its 2001 team for the second-most wins in school history, trailing only the 32 wins piled up by the 2000 team.

Incidentally, it was that team that won the Cyclones’ only Big 12 tournament title.

If the Cyclones bring the same type of intensity to the championship game, they might just grab their second conference title.