Northern Iowa upsets #1 Kansas in NCAA Tournament 2nd roundPosted by Inside Hoops
The AP reports:
The biggest upset in a tournament full of them was done. Northern Iowa had taken down mighty Kansas.
Playing with poise down the stretch and getting another big 3-pointer from Ali Farokhmanesh (16 points), Northern Iowa pulled off one of the biggest NCAA upsets in years by knocking No. 1 overall seed Kansas from the bracket with a program-defining 69-67 win on Saturday…
Trailing 66-62, Kansas had one last chance, but Tyrel Reed was called for an offensive foul and Farokhmanesh sealed it with two free throws with 5 seconds left, sending the Panthers to the round of 16 for the first time…
The Jayhawks trailed by as many as 12 points and used defense to pull within one with 44 seconds left. But they let Farokhmanesh sneak out for the deciding 3 to go down for the mid-major count like they did to Bradley in 2006 and Bucknell the year before, also in Oklahoma City.
Cole Aldrich had 13 points and 10 rebounds, Marcus Morris added 16 points and Sherron Collins ended his stellar KU career with 10 points on 4-of-15 shooting.
For Kansas, Marcus Morris shot 5-of-8 for 16 points but more turnovers than assists. Cole Aldrich shot 6-of-8 for 13 points and 10 rebounds. Sherron Collins shot a miserable 4-of-15 for 10 points, just four assists and five turnovers. Markieff Morris hit 3-of-4 for 10 points. Xavier Henry had eight points and eight rebounds.
For Northern Iowa, Ali Farokhmanesh shot 5-of-12 for 16 points, but little else. Jordan Eglseder shot 6-of-11 for 14 points and five rebounds. Jake Koch shot 1-of-7 for 10 points.
As a team, Kansas shot 44.4%, Northern Iowa 40.0%. Kansas grabbed five extra rebounds, Northern Iowa dished a pair of extra assists.