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Cyclone players say they coulndn’t have made it to the Sweet 16 without Georges Niang.

And he didn't even play.

Naz Long says Niang “was the biggest cheerleader” as ISU battled back to beat UNC 85-83.

Players say they can win even without the influential Niang.

The Cyclones will play University of Connecticut at New York’s Madison Square Garden Friday.