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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: Jul 24, 2007
Posted on: March 20, 2010 8:14 pm

One of biggest NCAA upsets ever

Well...its hard to say the #1 upset ever...first of all this years tournament featured no great teams....Kansas was very good, but ask anyone...not great. On paper they look great but for some reason they never really clicked the whole year.
But Aldrich looked like a stiff out there, does anyone see this guy having a successful pro career? I love Collins, but i dont see him being more than a nate robinson type player. The good Morris prolly has the most potential. Xavier Henry needs another year in college so he can be the man.

Since: Oct 17, 2009
Posted on: March 20, 2010 8:13 pm

One of biggest NCAA upsets ever

Kansas fans can eat dust.  They ran their mouths about Carolina and their wows.  Yet the overall #1 seed got out played and out hustled by a mid major squad.  The difference between Carolina being #1 seed in 09 and Kansas #1 seed in 10 is Carolina cut down the nets.  As they Jayhawks are in the locker room crying their overrated eyes out.

Since: Feb 6, 2008
Posted on: March 20, 2010 8:11 pm

One of biggest NCAA upsets ever

2004 Kentucky losing to UAB in the second round is the only one I can think of besides George Mason-UConn. Unbelievable, I'm in complete shock. Good for Northern Iowa!

Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: March 20, 2010 8:11 pm

One of biggest NCAA upsets ever

I guess all the so called experts didn't quite have it right. I heard numerous "Kansas will win the tournament easily, winning each game by double digits"most notably Colin Cowherd from ESPN. Listen to Mr Cowherd and you probably have a ruined bracket!! Thats why they play the games!!! Great upset, congrats to the Panthers from N. Iowa.

Since: Jan 23, 2010
Posted on: March 20, 2010 8:07 pm

One of biggest NCAA upsets ever

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!  Oh, sweet defeat, how delicious thou tasteth!!

Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: March 20, 2010 8:05 pm

The Small 12 is overrated

See, anyone can say this after an upset.  Kind of makes the Big East critics sound stupid now.

But seriously, the overall #1 losing in the second round?  Major upset.

Since: Jul 21, 2009
Posted on: March 20, 2010 7:58 pm

One of biggest NCAA upsets ever

Good day for Iowa.  UNI wins and New Mexico loses. 

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