Inside the Locker Room: Iowa State

SAN ANTONIO, Tex. - Dustin Hogue, Georges Niang, and Monte Morris discuss the upcoming match up versus North Carolina, Niang's injury, and more inside the Cyclones' locker room on Saturday...

Dustin Hogue, F, Jr.

On playing without Georges Niang
"All of our supporting cast is going to have to step-up. Georges being such a vital part of our offense, we are just going to have to have all our other guys step-up and make plays."

On the Iowa State supporting cast …
"Our supporting cast has always been big in our game. Without them we probably would have lost several games. We definitely have confidence in them to step-up and make big plays. All year long we have been making plays and we are just going to have to come together as a team now."

On the mood of the team …
"Last night was pretty tough. Georges being one of the leaders on our team and to have him go down for the rest of the season, is pretty hard. Our team was pretty down but we talked together as a team this morning and we realize that we have to move on. We know he is still going to lead our team and we just have to have others fill his spot on the floor. I think our supporting cast is going to be big for us this year. We have to look past it and get ready for North Carolina."

On being the higher seed but feeling like the underdog …
"There are a lot of people that have us picked to lose against North Carolina. We have to go into the game thinking we are the underdogs and play like we have fight in us because they have such explosive players."

Monte Morris, G, Fr.

On his play …
"I know I have to carry a little bit of the load in scoring this time of the year with guys guarding down on DeAndre (Kane) and Melvin (Ejim). There are going to be times when I have open shots and I have to be ready to make plays. That is what I am doing and my confidence is very high right now."

On the key to beating North Carolina …
"Defense, defense and rebounding. Keeping them out of transition. Those will be our biggest keys right now. We know we have to slow down Marcus Paige and just try to keep those athletic guys in range and not let them get out in transition."

On the injury to Georges Niang …
"Right now we don't know. Georges is a great addition to our team and with him going out, a lot of our offense runs through him. So we don't know how we will play on the offensive end. On the defensive end, we have guys that are long and athletic that can come in and help on defense. Our practice today will be very important for us as we don't know how our offense will change. It is going to be different for someone to step into his role and run different plays since we don't have that safety net out there. So we will see."

Georges Niang, F, So.

On his injury and if he realizes how serious it was …
"I just thought I might have caught a cramp in my foot or tweaked my ankle. I didn't think it was broken. After that, I signaled to come out. I came out and I thought I was good to go, so I went back in the game. It started throbbing and I thought the lead was significant, so I really didn't have to do much at that point and I came out of the game. They wanted to take me back and see what was wrong and that's when they found it was broken."

On the mood of the team and if anything has changed …
"No. I'm happy for this team. We've battled through adversity this whole year. This is just a little bump in the road. We can handle anything that comes our way. That's just how tough we are. I'm excited for us to get out here and go through North Carolina stuff and play them tomorrow."

On if the team got together and talked …
"We all got together and said this doesn't damper our parade. We still won and we're still in the NCAA Tournament, which is more than 32 teams can say. We're excited and we're excited for the opportunity we get to play North Carolina tomorrow."

On his upbeat attitude …
"This isn't about me. I'm not this whole team. We've got other players on this team. Yeah, I got injured, that's unfortunate. That's how it goes. We still have a great opportunity ahead of us and I don't want me being injured to ruin that. This isn't about me, it's about our team and us going on and winning some games."

On playing North Carolina …
"As far as our lineup, I think we've got guys that play bigger than they actually are. I'm excited for the opportunity and I know Coach is putting in a great scheme to help us win and designs plays to help us score points. Hopefully we can win the game."

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