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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: May 31, 2009
Posted on: March 20, 2010 8:37 pm

One of biggest NCAA upsets ever

This is an upset only if you consider the seedings were done fairly. Consider Northern Iowa's RPI, though, and they should have been a four or a five seed, not a nine, and consider that this was a senior-laden team that knows how to play defense. It's only an upset in the world where freshmen are recruited to be one-and-dones, and its only an upset in the world where the TV ratings potential is more highly considered than the actual potential of the team. You might say that Kansas is from little ol' Lawrence, Ks., way out on the barren plain. But that's just the storyline for television. The first coach for Kansas was the guy who invented basketball, and coaches who helped establish the storybook reputations of schools such as Kentucky (The Baron, Adolph Rupp) and North Carolina (The Dean, Dean Smith) were Kansas products. The greatest injustice was the TV announcer's pronouncement that the Missouri Valley is getting better and getting more respect. Well, four years ago, the league got four bids, raising cries of foul from TV poobah Billy Packer, and the team had two teams in the round of 16. Many of the coaches that built those teams have moved on since then, and teams are in the process of rebuilding. When this tournament is over, the selection and seeding process needs to be looked at and eliminate the biases toward the BCS -- Big Cash Suppliers -- so that teams such as Northern Iowa can be fairly seeded. Had KU come back and won, the talk would have been that KU has had its wakeup call, that they were hard-pressed to win, and now they are ready to concentrate and play KU basketball. The truth is, these were two evenly matched teams from the get-go. KU got jobbed because they should not have had to play so tough an opponent in the second round if they were indeed the No. 1 seed of the tournament, and Northern Iowa got jobbed by being a nine seed and facing the top seed in the second round. Please don't call this an upset. Call it as foolish of a choice in seeding as putting the 10-loss Georgetown as a three seed just because they got hot in the Big East tournament. A 10-loss Georgetown's proper seeding, probably a 12 or a 13, had it not been for the big TV audiences that go with Big East basketball. Next year, another Valley team will rise to the top of its conference -- Wichita State, Creighton, Missouri State, Illinois State, maybe Northern Iowa will be reloaded enough to win the conference again -- but don't saddle them with a single bid and a middling seeding if they have the kind of teams that deserve better. And if the Big East has the kind of season it had this year, four or five bids should be looked as a Christmas gift.


Since: Mar 20, 2010
Posted on: March 20, 2010 8:36 pm

One of biggest NCAA upsets ever

Let's get to at least ONE final four before you bag on KU. This one hurt, no doubt, but careful with the trash talk, gotta back it up somehow, not sure Mizzou can do that in any way!

Since: Aug 12, 2006
Posted on: March 20, 2010 8:35 pm

One of biggest NCAA upsets ever

GREAT WIN for the Greasers from NIOWA vs the Jayhawk Frat Boys ... The Panthers are rough looking group especially O'Rear - he's just ugly.

Since: Jan 20, 2007
Posted on: March 20, 2010 8:34 pm

One of biggest NCAA upsets ever

The Shockers of Witchita State, Creighton, Southern Illinois.  Just because the big schools won't play us anymore, it doesn't mean were a weak conference.

Since: Jan 3, 2008
Posted on: March 20, 2010 8:32 pm

One of biggest NCAA upsets ever

 i also recall around 2000, a average wisconsin team beat a bunch of higher seeds including a #1 to reach the final four

Since: Jan 14, 2007
Posted on: March 20, 2010 8:30 pm

One of biggest NCAA upsets ever

Your swagger boosted idiots are the next to go cus your schedule blows just like the one Kansas played.

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: March 20, 2010 8:29 pm

One of biggest NCAA upsets ever

One of? Easily the biggest. Epic choke.

Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: March 20, 2010 8:28 pm

One of biggest NCAA upsets ever

Don't forget about UAB's upset over num 1 seed Kentucky in 2004. To date, one of the best upsets ever. It was also the same year that Alabama upset Stanford. Both of the games were in the second round, I'm pretty sure UAB was a 9 seed, not sure what bama was.

Since: Feb 21, 2007
Posted on: March 20, 2010 8:26 pm

One of biggest NCAA upsets ever

I think this has to be one of the biggest upsets of all time. Over 40% of people picked Kansas to win the whole shabang. 40%! That's the highest it's ever been, and the next highest was North Carolina last year with 30%.

A team 40% of people picked to win the championship losing to a Missouri Valley Conference team = Biggest upset ever.

Since: Apr 8, 2007
Posted on: March 20, 2010 8:25 pm

Impressive...Most Impressive!

Northern Iowa impressed the socks off of me.  Even when Kansas almost shut them down near the end (they couldn't seem to get the ball past half court) - they found a way with a couple of bounce passes and a huge 3-pointer.  They were tenacious on the boards.  And most importantly - they did not choke!  Congrats to Northern Iowa on a fantasic win!!!

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