ISU Players Comment on Northern Iowa Loss: ‘They should be proud of what they’ve done’

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AMES, Iowa – The Cyclones met with the media on Monday as they continue to prepare for their Sweet 16 matchup with the Virginia Cavaliers.

Iowa State's Georges Niang and Matt Thomas answered several questions, including what their thoughts were on Northern Iowa's collapse against Texas A&M on Sunday night.

"It was sort of tough because it's good to see a team from Iowa advance and then 30 seconds later it's like, what is going on here?" Niang said. "That's tough to handle for them. I feel bad but what those guys have done up at UNI is a great thing and they should be proud of what they've done."

"You watch something like that unfold and your heart breaks for UNI," Thomas said. "They had that game won and things just didn't go their way down the stretch. It just reiterates what I said, every possession down the stretch really matters. You have to finish games out."

The Cyclones will face No. 1 seed Virgina in the Sweet 16 on Friday at 6:10 p.m. in Chicago.

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