Thanks to a career-high 31 points from Caleb Grill and some timely defensive stops, Iowa State pulled off a huge win Friday when it toppled No. 1 North Carolina, 70-65, in the semifinals of the Phil Knight Invitational.
The win marked Iowa State's second in two days over teams that were in last year's NCAA Tournament Final Four after the Cyclones beat Villanova in the tournament's quarterfinals Thursday.
Iowa State will have a day off before playing for the tournament championship Sunday vs. the winner of Alabama vs. Connecticut. But before the focus turns ahead to Sunday, Iowa State fans and the college basketball world had plenty to say about the Cyclones' victory over the top-ranked team in the country.
Here's how people reacted to the game.
College basketball fans react to Caleb Grill, Iowa State upset win over North Carolina
Caleb Grill in first four games: 29 points
Caleb Grill tonight: 31 points 🔥 pic.twitter.com/K7lfdtIdoK
— CBS Sports CBB (@CBSSportsCBB) November 26, 2022
IOWA STATE TAKES DOWN NO. 1 NORTH CAROLINA 😱
Caleb Grill scores 31 in a MASSIVE win for the Cyclones! They advance to the Phil Knight Invitational championship game 💪 pic.twitter.com/QGUB1Codfk
— NCAA March Madness (@MarchMadnessMBB) November 26, 2022
— Iowa State Weather (@IowaStateWX) November 26, 2022
Via @ESPNStatsInfo: Caleb Grill’s 31 points in Iowa State’s win over North carolins are the most points by any player in a win over No. 1 since Jan. 14, 2019 (Tyus Battle had 32 against Duke). What a performance.
— Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) November 26, 2022
TJ Otzelburger is a magician
18-0 in non-con after taking down #1 UNC
— Chris Hassel (@Hassel_Chris) November 26, 2022
7:34 PM: #17 UNC football loses to unranked NC State
7:42 PM: #1 UNC basketball loses to unranked Iowa State
Tough to see. The upside is UNC fans won’t feel bad about this tweet because they can’t read it.
— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) November 26, 2022
T.J. Otzelberger can get blood from a stone.
Lost Tyrese Hunter and Izaiah Brockington from last season's Sweet 16 team. Lost Temple transfer Jeremiah Williams to a season-ending injury.
None of it matters.
Iowa State over North Carolina in the PK85.
— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) November 26, 2022
With Iowa State’s win over No. 1 North Carolina, the Cyclones have their 3rd ever win against a top-ranked team in school history and their first since beating OU on January 18, 2016 (2503 days).
71% OF THE EARTH IS COVERED BY WATER THE REST IS COVERED BY OTZELBASKETBERGERBALL! pic.twitter.com/Ek3N2hWq1K
— Aiden Wyatt (@AidenWyatt01) November 26, 2022
What a performance from Iowa State and Caleb Grill. They made every play down the stretch, and rightfully upset the No. 1 team in college basketball.
— Rob Dauster (@RobDauster) November 26, 2022
Down goes Carolina.
Iowa State just beat Villanova and the Tar Heels on successive days here in Portland. Incredible performance by Caleb Grill today.
The job that second-year Cyclones head coach TJ Otzelberger has done since taking over is extremely impressive.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) November 26, 2022
Iowa State is pleased to beat North Carolina, I can report. pic.twitter.com/DiTpKNzXDb
— Brian Hamilton (@_Brian_Hamilton) November 26, 2022
2 years ago, Iowa State went 2-22.
They hired T.J. Otzelberger after that season - he increased their win total by 20 (22-13) in 1 year.
Today, his 5-0 Cyclones knocked off the #1 team in the country.
— Adam Nelson (@HD_DirtKing) November 26, 2022
TALK TO YOUR CHILDREN ABOUT THE CALEB GRILL 30 BURGER
— Cyclone Larry (@CycloneLarry69) November 26, 2022
Caleb Grill>Prime Kobe😮💨
— Omaha Biliew (@BiliewOmaha) November 26, 2022
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