KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Naz Mitrou-Long sat a couple rows behind the bench Saturday night, cheering wildly through his alma mater’s Big 12 Conference tournament championship game victory against Kansas.
His G-League Salt Lake City stars have a game in Oklahoma City on Sunday — and Naz wouldn’t miss Iowa State playing in Kansas City for anything.
So he rented a car, drove five hours and enjoyed every minute of it.
“These guys, against all adversity and everything everybody was saying about the players and the coaches the this and the that — for them to prevail and knock off three teams in a great conference was great,” he said while hugging player after player.
Mitrou-Long won three Big 12 tournaments. He’s played in NCAA Tournaments.
“I don’t think teams want to see this Iowa State team,” he said. “They have so many weapons. They can play small ball, they can play big, they have versatile scorers.
“Teams don’t want to see these types of teams in March. I’m very excited to pick them all the way in my bracket. That’s how I’m going to do it.”
More from the Cyclone’s Big 12 win:
- “That’s when we finally became selfless.” Why Iowa State’s bench players turned down a shot to play
- How a text message from Michael Jacobson helped turn Iowa State’s season around
- Peterson: Iowa State’s message is clear. If this trend continues, NCAA opponents beware.
- Bracket analysis: Final destination predictions for Cyclones, Hawkeyes; and who’s coming to Des Moines?
Published 11:00 PM EDT Mar 16, 2019