Aaron Craft made our “most hated players in the NCAA tournament” list, and as you can see from this incident, Georges Niang of Iowa State made it clear he’s not a fan.
After Iowa State cut Ohio State’s lead to one with just under 12 minutes left in the second half, the Buckeyes called timeout. As Craft was walking to the OSU bench, you can see Niang size up Craft and “accidentally” lower a shoulder into him.
Niang, a freshman who was a high school teammate of Nerlens Noel, quickly tried to tell Craft it was on accident, and extended his hand in a peace offering. Craft, who knew it was on purpose, slapped his hand away.
The Buckeyes instantly went on a 13-2 run to extend the lead.