Georges Niang probably had no idea who Tevin Mack was before Tuesday’s night game at the Erwin Center. But to be fair, the Texas freshman didn’t know much about the Iowa State senior, either.
“They told me Niang was good,” Mack said, “but I didn’t know he was that good.”
Well, the Cyclones star is an All-American. At times, freshman naivete is a wonderful thing.
Mack’s gotten an earful from teammates, coaches and fans after Niang’s honest, post-game assessment Tuesday night about the freshman’s 3-point shooting ability.
“When does Tevin Mack hit the (three) 3-pointers he had?,” Niang said. “They were hungry for a win and they shot the leather off the ball.”
Niang clearly didn’t read the scouting report. Mack hit five 3-pointers against Connecticut and three more in the Big 12 opener against Texas Tech. Mack’s three 3-pointers were all big in the 94-91 overtime win over Iowa State.
Prior to Tuesday’s win, Mack had only made 17 of 57 shots from beyond the arc.
“He’s going by the numbers, though, saying I shoot 30 percent from 3s, I guess,” Mack said. “I started off slow. But I’m getting my feet under me and learning how to play this game at the college level and learning how to make shots. … But going on the percentages, he’s right. He’s got a point, I guess.”