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One of biggest NCAA upsets ever

Posted on: March 20, 2010 7:52 pm
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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.
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Since: Mar 20, 2010
Posted on: March 20, 2010 10:17 pm
 

One of biggest NCAA upsets ever

The CBS announcers were way off with that comment.  By my count, there have been at least 6 instances since 1979 when a MVC team has made the Sweet Sixteen.

Bradley in 2006.
Wichita State in 1981 & 2006. 
Southern Illinois in 2002 & 2007.
Missouri State in 1999.

Perhaps he meant to say that the last time a MVC team made the Final Four was 1979?




Since: Dec 14, 2008
Posted on: March 20, 2010 10:15 pm
 

One of biggest NCAA upsets ever

They said sweet 16 but meant final four.......No missouri valley team has made it since larry bird....pleanty have made sweet 16 though illinois state witchita state bradley.



Since: Nov 1, 2009
Posted on: March 20, 2010 10:12 pm
 

One of biggest NCAA upsets ever

Well said!  UNI was in the top 25 in quite a few polls and received a 9 seed.  Come on!  To have to face the #1 seed in the second round was a total joke by the selection committee.  Maybe they'll take another look at their seeding process next year.

Go Panthers!!



Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: March 20, 2010 9:57 pm
 

Kansas is just an average MVC team

This is the first time in about 7 years or so that the Valley only got one bid.  It's one of the 2 or 3 best "mid major" conferences in the country year in and year out.  The Missouri Valley gets jobbed on the seedings for the most part.  I'm an SIU grad and we got a 4 seed a few years ago and made the sweet 16 and should have made the Elite 8 as we had Kansas on the ropes that year too, as we were up a point with the ball and about a minute to go.  And don't forget Kansas getting drilled by Bradley in the recent past.  And now Northern Iowa takes them out.

So when you add it all up, Kansas is just a middle of the road Missouri Valley Conference team......But a GREAT Big 12 team.



Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: March 20, 2010 9:56 pm
 

One of biggest NCAA upsets ever

Well put.  This is the first time in about 7 years or so that the Valley only got one bid.  It's one of the 2 or 3 best "mid major" conferences in the country year in and year out.  And I totally agree that the Valley gets jobbed on the seedings for the most part.  I'm an SIU grad and we got a 4 seed a few years ago and made the sweet 16 and should have made the Elite 8 as we had Kansas on the ropes that year too, as we were up a point with the ball and about a minute to go.  And don't forget Kansas getting drilled by Bradley in the recent past. 

So when you add it all up, Kansas is just a middle of the road Missouri Valley Conference team. 



Since: Oct 31, 2009
Posted on: March 20, 2010 9:52 pm
 

One of biggest NCAA upsets ever

The CBS announcers for the TV coverage were wrong  when they said the last Missouri Valley team to reach the sweet sixteen was Larry Bird and Indiana State.  BRADELY UNIVERSITY DID IT ABOUT 5 YEARS AGO....AND THEY BEAT KANSAS TO GET THERE!!!  CHECK THE RECORDS!!

RAL41


What they said was that the last Missouri Valley Tournament Champion to make the sweet sixteen.   They even said later the the MVC had been represented in recent years in the Sweet 16.  They had their numbers right.



Since: Mar 20, 2010
Posted on: March 20, 2010 9:41 pm
 

One of biggest NCAA upsets ever

What about Chaminade over Ralph Sampson and Virginia?




Since: Oct 2, 2007
Posted on: March 20, 2010 9:35 pm
 

One of biggest NCAA upsets ever

This is why there has to be more mid-major teams in this tourney. Wichita St, from the MVC also, could hang with any of these teams. I don't understand why the selection committee doesn't put more mid-majors in. I don't agree with expanding to 96 teams but this is exactly why they should. There would be a lot more games like this if they did though.



Since: Nov 25, 2007
Posted on: March 20, 2010 9:30 pm
 

One of biggest NCAA upsets ever

Put a yellow hard-hat on, and you'll look just like Bob the Builder, Doyel!  ------In the big picture, this is not as big an upset as it used to be.  After this tournament, I am totally convinced that we need to expand the tournament.  Who knows what other programs out there are getting screwed over?  I look at some of these teams play, and I now know that the selection committee has NO CLUE about what it is doing.  They should be out there watching some of these other teams play, instead of listening to these Big East-SEC-ACC cheerleaders at ESPN.  After all, that is their job, isn't it?  Wow.  It's not the '60s anymore people!  Them days is over!



Since: Oct 24, 2006
Posted on: March 20, 2010 9:28 pm
 

One of biggest NCAA upsets ever

You can't really call Kansas overrated.  The fact is, there just aren't any really good teams this year.  Kentucky could have been overall 1, Syracuse too.  Hell, Nova almost recieved a 1 seed.  There are a lot of decent teams, that can beat anyone when they play out of their minds, like UNI did today.  But Kansas had the best body of work so you can't call them overrated.  It makes for a great March/early April when there aren't those four or 5 teams that are better than everyone else.


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