“In a way, the hardest decision of life was to leave my teammates at Wake. (Saturday) night as the final seconds ticked away, the only thought in my head is that everything that has happened has been worth it.”
Providence’s surprising march through the Big East tourney took the Friars from most likely an NIT berth into the NCAAs.
“We played arguably our three best games of the season in the Big East Tournament. What a fortunate time for it to happen,” said Desrosiers.
“It’s been great here, knowing the whole city is excited and behind you.”
For Niang, a sophomore for the Cyclones, the NCAA should be old hat after last year’s trip to the round of 32.
“It’s a pretty high seed, and I’m not one to complain,” said Niang on cyclones.TV after the pairings were announced.
The Big-12 tourney champions will surprise nobody this time around.
Niang, who averages 16.5 points and 4.4 rebounds a game for the Cyclones, enjoyed a superb weekend at the Big-12 tourney, despite having stitches above his eye suffered when he caught an errant elbow. In the title game with Baylor, he finished with 13 points and nine rebounds.
NOAH, HOOSIERS SNUBBED BY NIT
Indiana University and freshman phenom Noah Vonleh were not offered a spot in the NIT.
Vonleh's season and career could be over at Indiana if rumors presented by NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski are true. According to the reports, Haverhill's Vonleh is leaning toward the NBA draft.
Indiana still could play in the CBI tourney, but it's not known if the 17-15 Hoosiers will accept a bid if offered.