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One of biggest NCAA upsets ever

Posted on: March 20, 2010 7:52 pm
Not sure where Northern Iowa's 69-67 victory against Kansas ranks on the NCAA Tournament Upset Meter -- but it's somewhere near the top.

For one thing, Kansas wasn't just a one seed, but the No. 1 overall seed. Best team in the tournament, allegedly, loses in the second round? To a No. 9 seed, not even an eight? And to a No. 9 seed from the Missouri Valley? That's enormous.

Especially the way this happened. Northern Iowa didn't just beat Kansas. It owned Kansas. Pwned Kansas. Got 3-pointers from its 7-footer (Jordan Eglseder) and 3-pointers from its 6-footer (Ali Farokhmanesh) and tenacious defense from everyone. The Jayhawks had more size and quickness and still couldn't get comfortable on offense, falling behind 47-35 in the second half before mounting a rally that didn't quite get it done.

So where does it rank among the all-time upsets? It's somewhere close to George Mason over UConn in 2006, which is the biggest shocker I've ever seen. It's better than Nova-Georgetown (1984) or NC State-Houston ('83) because those were upsets, yes, but they were big schools beating big schools. This is an upset and a small school beating a biggie.

So it's up there. Maybe it's even first.
Category: NCAAB

Since: Mar 28, 2008
Posted on: April 7, 2010 2:05 pm

One of biggest NCAA upsets ever

Not to be super nit-picky but the 'Nova-Georgetown upset happened in '85.

Since: Mar 21, 2010
Posted on: March 21, 2010 7:50 pm

One of biggest NCAA upsets ever

Kansas was an 11 point favorite. Biggest upset ever? Laughable

Since: Nov 3, 2007
Posted on: March 21, 2010 2:27 pm

One of biggest NCAA upsets ever

North Carolina State and David Thompson beating Bill Walton and UCLA in the 1974 semifinals was a bigger upset than this. The game has changed drastically from 35 years ago when a team with one of the greatest college players was a David against possibly the best college hoops player ever in Bill Walton and UCLA. The Bruins had won seven straight national titles and demolished the Wolfpack by 30 points earlier in the year. NC State was down by 10 points with a couple of minutes to go and was able to force overtime. That's an amazing feat in itself since there was no shot clock or 3 point shot. They won arguably the greatest game ever in double overtime. That was an upset of mammoth proportions.

Since: Mar 21, 2010
Posted on: March 21, 2010 9:00 am

One of biggest NCAA upsets ever

The world is figuring out what I have known for a long time that MVC basketball is more team oriented- offensive and defense- than the one-on-one game played at the BCS schools. The student athletes don't leave for the NBA or leave because their institution is in the way of their dreams for the NBA. Thus, they are around for four to five years- play team basketball and are more worried about the team then their individual glory.
If you want to determine the real champion of Kansas both Big twelve schools need to go through the Kohl Center in Wichita. Wichita State could have done much damage in the tournament. In the game of basketball the sum is greater than its parts. It was reinforced at 6:45 Central Standard time UNI 69-Kansas 67- Really should not have been that close

Since: Mar 7, 2010
Posted on: March 21, 2010 1:01 am

One of biggest NCAA upsets ever

I guess you forgot about Drake as a 5 seed two or three years ago.

Since: Feb 21, 2007
Posted on: March 20, 2010 11:35 pm

One of biggest NCAA upsets ever

Why does every MVC fan think Wichita State could have done anything? They lost in round 1 at home to Nevada, a team from the WAC who had both their teams lose in round one, though New Mexico State made it a close one.

The last time I remember a MVC team getting as high a seed as Northern Iowa was when Creighton was a 10 seed a few years back, and they lost in round one to a 7 seed by the name of Nevada.

Since: Mar 20, 2010
Posted on: March 20, 2010 11:07 pm

One of biggest NCAA upsets ever

Go UNI Panthers!!

Hail our Panthers, we are ever loyal,
Showing our strength and unity.
As we rise, we firmly stand behind you,
Urge you on to victory.
Rah! Rah! Rah!
As you lead us on to fame and honor,
Fight! Fight! Fight! will be our cry.
So, give us a yell, Ho! the purple and the gold,
Victory for UNI!

Proud UNI Alum

Since: Oct 6, 2006
Posted on: March 20, 2010 10:31 pm

One of biggest NCAA upsets ever

I hate knee-jerk reactions to games like this. Incredible win for Northern Iowa, sure, and it was a big upset, but one of the biggest all-time? Please. 15-over-2 seeds are much bigger than 1-seeds losing in the second round

Since: Aug 26, 2006
Posted on: March 20, 2010 10:23 pm

One of biggest NCAA upsets ever

Huge upset sure.  But biggest upset ever?  Not even close.  Anyone that watched Kansas this year knew that they were an underachieving team and that it was going to catch up with them sooner or later.  I realize that it sounds funny calling a team that finished 33-3, but its true.  They played up to opponents and down to opponents all year.  Tyshawn Taylor wins the Eric Chenowith award.

And Northern Iowa is a very good team, a top 25 team for most of the season.  They won a very good Missouri Valley conference by 2 games as well as the conference tournament.  A 9 seed was an insult to this team, they should have been a 5, at least a 6.  I'm a valley fan and have watched N.Iowa play several times this year and they are one of the best defensive teams I've seen this year, probably top 5 nationally in defense.  They got hot on offense, made some key 3 pointers, a high percentage of free throws, and caught an underachieving team on a bad day.  Basically your textbook upset.

I'm not trying to defend KU, I'm just saying that calling this the biggest upset ever is not giving Northern Iowa the respect it deserves.

Bucknell was worse than this.

Since: Sep 24, 2007
Posted on: March 20, 2010 10:19 pm

One of biggest NCAA upsets ever

I do not see it as that big an upset, comparatively, the 15 seeds beating 2 seeds are bigger upsets.
This year there is not a dominant team like UNC was last year. Several teams have shared the #1 spot and I would not be surprised if Gonzaga beat Syracuse on Sunday. There is more parity this year than there has been in a long time.
Kansas had a good year, nothing to be ashamed of.
The problem is that everyone wants a dominant team even if there is not one. This year there was not one, so the media tried to create one. Upsets are usually based on expectations and not reality.
This puts a lot of pressure on Kentucky, because they now have the spotlight, but they are not really dominant.
Fortunately for Syracuse and Duke, everyone expects them to lose, so when they do it will not be a huge upset.

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