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Iowa State Basketball beats Villanova in OT and plays North Carolina

PORTLAND, Ore. – Villanova just kept coming. Iowa State continued to respond.

In the end, it looked like the Cyclones would win every ounce of their guts, composure, and play like they’d comfortably win it in Thursday afternoon’s overtime in the first round of the Phil Knight Invitational tournament, 81-79.

For passing their first major test of the season, they immediately get another – a date with No. 1 North Carolina on Friday at 4:30 pm CT in their side’s semifinals of the PK85 bracket.

Iowa State Coach TJ Otzelberger didn’t have a moment to think about the tar heels Thursday. But the victory over Villanova told him a lot about his team and the squad he will take with him into this game.

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