Mar 15, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; Iowa State Cyclones forward Georges Niang (31) celebrates after cutting part of the net after the win against the Baylor Bears in the championship game of the Big 12 Conference college basketball tournament at Sprint Center. Iowa State won 74 - 65. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Iowa State men's basketball: Georges Niang responds to Buddy Hield's bold prediction


Oklahoma sophomore guard Buddy Hield made a bold claim at the LeBron James Skills Competition this week, and Iowa State’s Georges Niang isn’t having it.

CBS Sports’ Jeff Borzello tweeted out today that Hield predicts that Oklahoma is going to win the Big 12. Niang comes out afterward with his best Lee Corso impression.

ESPN blogger Eamonn Brennan said the following after posting about this on the men’s college basketball blog.

One can only assume Niang was so incredulous because he assumes, like the rest of us, that Kansas is going to win the Big 12. (Kansas always wins the Big 12.)

Yes, indeed. Kansas always wins the Big 12. I knew everything that follows this sentence was just a dream.

Mar 15, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; The Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowslby presents Iowa State Cyclones head coach Fred Hoiberg and players the championship trophy after the game against the Baylor Bears in the championship game of the Big 12 Conference college basketball tournament at Sprint Center. The Cyclones won 74 – 65. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Mar 15, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; The Iowa State Cyclones are presented with the first place trophy after the game against the Baylor Bears in the championship game of the Big 12 Conference college basketball tournament at Sprint Center. Iowa State won 74 – 65. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Mar 15, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; The Iowa State Cyclones players celebrate after their game against the Baylor Bears in the championship game of the Big 12 Conference college basketball tournament at Sprint Center. The Cyclones won 74 – 65. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Obviously, I know Brennan was talking about the regular season. But you can’t dismiss tournament champions. They are recognized as the Big 12 champions in the NCAA tournament, after all.


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