Casual March Madness fans may be surprised to see the North Carolina Tar Heels as an underdog. The storied North Carolina basketball program has a lot more brand cachet than, say, the Iowa State Cyclones. But as the Round of 32 continues this afternoon, the No. 6 Tar Heels face the No. 3 Cyclones in one of the day’s more balanced games. You can watch North Carolina vs Iowa State online free live streaming using the links below.
North Carolina basketball is most associated with its wing players, but today’s Tar Heels game against Iowa State has more riding on the interior game. Iowa State will be without Georges Niang, an imposing center who broke his right foot in Friday night’s 93-75 win over North Carolina Central. For the No. 3 Cyclones, who haven’t reached the Sweet 16 in 14 years, it’s a horribly timed injury.
Fans hoping to see Niang again as they watch North Carolina vs Iowa State online free live streaming are in for an even longer loss: Niang will miss the rest of the NCAA Tournament. Niang scored 24 points against North Carolina Central and averaged a team-high 18.7 points in the Big-12 tournament. He also shot nearly 54% in the final five minutes of his games this season. The 6-foot-7 sophomore towered in a starting lineup that lacks a traditional big man, so he’ll be sorely missed today against the Tar Heels and throughout the rest of the March Madness Tournament.
North Carolina’s frontcourt is fortified by a trio of 6-foot-9 forwards – Kennedy Meeks, James Michael McAdoo and Brice Johnson – who combined for 44 points in a 79-77 thriller over 11th-seeded Providence. Niang has an ability to stretch defenses and provide spacing offensively, so his injury is a huge loss for the Cyclones as they go up against a North Carolina basketball team with size down low.
You can watch North Carolina vs Iowa State online free live streaming by going to the NCAA March Madness Tournament website and finding the game there. The Tourney website lets you watch every March Madness game free, including live broadcasts from CBS, TBS, TNT, TruTV, etc. If you’re hoping to watch North Carolina basketball game vs Iowa State, you can tune into the a 2:15pm PST / 5:15pm EST tipoff live on CBS or watch North Carolina vs Iowa State online free live streaming using the link above. If you use the link, the live stream should work fine on a computer, laptop, tablet or even a mobile phone.