AMES, Iowa -- The Iowa State Cyclones are back home after moving on to the Sweet 16 in Denver on Saturday with a 78-61 win over Arkansas-Little Rock.
The team is not practicing Monday to rest their legs and are only watching video of their next opponent, No. 1 seed Virginia. Iowa State's matchup with the Cavaliers will be on Friday at 6:10 p.m. at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois.
“You have to treat it as the next game," Iowa State head coach Steve Prohm said. "I talk to our guys, I don’t even know if they know who is on the other side, they may, but I haven’t talked to them about it."
“They’re a really solid team, I think the best way to describe them is they just grind people out, grind you out until you’re tired and then take over the game," Iowa State senior forward Georges Niang said.
Niang was also asked to compare Virginia to Northern Iowa.
"Virginia is a No. 1 seed, I don't want to compare them to UNI," Niang said. "They have similar styles, UNI does like to slow you down."
Niang said last year was a good lesson as they were caught looking ahead on the bracket and went out in the first round to UAB.
Cyclone star point guard Monte Morris was a bit reflective on Monday in Ames.
“A lot of people counted us out, we dropped some home games we weren’t supposed to drop," Morris said. "During the moment in February and January, you feel like the world’s ending. We’re in a good position, we’ve just got to seize the moment."
Prohm said he has not had much time to digest everything, as his wife got sick in Denver. He did say the team may take in a Chicago Bulls game while there, and they are scheduled to meet former coach Fred Hoiberg on Wednesday.