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2016 Schedule
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109dPeter Keating and Jordan Brenner

Upset heroes comprise 2016 All-Giant Killer Team

Villanova cut down the nets, but don't forget the first-round stars, like Stephen F. Austin's Thomas Walkup, who made the NCAA tournament memorable.

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UNLV to hire Little Rock coach Beard

According to ESPN's Jeff Goodman and Jeff Borzello, Chris Beard will become UNLV's next head coach. Beard led Arkansas-Little Rock to 30 wins and an upset of Purdue in the NCAA tournament this season.

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124dJeff Goodman and Jeff Borzello

UNLV hires Beard after record season at UALR

Chris Beard, who guided Arkansas-Little Rock to an NCAA tournament berth this season, has been hired as UNLV's head coach. Sources told ESPN that he agreed to a five-year deal.

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Josh Hagins on Monte Morris' defense against him: "He's a good defender. He's not a slacker. ...Even when I got by him, there's a 6-9 guy waiting on me."

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Niang leads Iowa State past Little Rock 78-61

Georges Niang scored 28 points and Iowa State kept Josh Hagins from any more second-half heroics in a 78-61 win over Little Rock in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday.

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Iowa State wins a laugher

The Cyclones led by as many as 20 in the second half en route to their first Sweet 16 trip since 2014. Josh Hagins, who had 31 for the Trojans on Thursday, was held to just 8 points. Box score

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Cyclones put Arkansas-Little Rock on ropes

Iowa State has reopened a 13-point lead as the Trojans' scoring drought has reached 2:41. Georges Niang still leads all players with 17 points despite not scoring in the second half yet. Follow live

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Jameel McKay so active around the rim early in the second half. Important for that to continue. Little Rock made a late run against Purdue when Boilermakers big men slowed down late.

Niang has Cyclones up double digits

Georges Niang went 7-for-11 from the field for 17 points in the opening half as 4-seed Iowa State built a 40-28 advantage over Arkansas-Little Rock. Josh Hagins, who scored 31 in the Trojans' win over Purdue, tallied just two points in the first half. Halftime stats

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Hard to prep for a team like Iowa State. Little Rock hasn't faced a squad with this size and shooting ability at multiple positions. Cyclones spreading them out and just exploiting the gaps.

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Josh Hagins, the Little Rock star who scored 31 points against Purdue, took his first shot against Iowa State near the 11:35 mark, but he hasn't found any room with Monte Morris on him. His first shot attempt came after Deonte Burton switched with Morris on a ball screen.

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Monte Morris is doing a great job of denying Josh Hagins' touches. He's fighting through screens and defending kick out passes to the veteran wing. Hasn't been a factor yet.

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Second Round: Ark.-LR (12) vs. Iowa State (5)

Nobody has fewer losses this season than Arkansas-Little Rock. The 30-4 Trojans are trying to become the second Sun Belt school in the past 30 years to reach the Sweet 16. Preview

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Most important matchup for Iowa State-Little Rock is Monte Morris vs. Josh Hagins. Hagins became the first player in NCAA tournament history to record at least 30 points, 5 assists, 5 rebounds and 5 steals in his team's upset over Purdue. But he hasn't been as efficient in his team's 4 losses, averaging nearly two assists below his average of 4.7 APG. Iowa State has to keep pressure him and limit his options.

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Sparty's loss busted 8.1 million brackets

In the 2016 ESPN Tournament Challenge, 8.1 million entries picked Michigan State to advance to the Final Four.

It could be a Cinderella story, Trojans

Little Rock has winning formula, and it could bust up some brackets -- keep things slow, protect the ball, force turnovers and limit good shots. Now, it runs into its stylistic opposite: Iowa State's cyclonic shooting machine. Four Cinderellas (Insider)

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Little Rock's players all yelled in the locker room when Middle Tennessee hit that last shot.

Team Stats

Points Per Game71.0233rd
Rebounds Per Game33.8Tied-286th
Assists Per Game13.2Tied-189th
Points Allowed59.93rd

Tournament History

Final Fours0
Tournament Record2-5
Championship SeasonsNone
Tournament Appearances5