And you thought Villanova was going to be the neutron bomb of the tournament. Now we're experiencing a basketball nuclear winter of sorts, but anyone could get used to this post-apocalyptic world in which large rural colleges are taken down by smaller rural colleges.
The top-seeded Kansas Jayhawks will not play in the Sweet 16 after losing to the Northern Iowa Panthers 69-67 in the second round. Despite a furious comeback attempt (UNI was up by as much as 12), the Jayhawks failed to even tie the game after leading 2-0 to start the shenanigans. Seriously, they only led for 47 seconds. The entire game.
The signature moment, however, had to be UNI's Ali Farokhmanesh's transition three-point bucket with 35 seconds left in the game. Kansas was on a mini-run, scoring six straight points to make it 63-62, so the senior guard chose not to milk the clock with a wide open bucket and drained the trey. If you remember, he also had the NBA-grade three in the waning seconds to top UNLV on Thursday. At this rate we'll all be able to pronounce his name.
(Also, so it's known, only 0.6 percent of you had UNI in the Sweet 16. Feel free to brag.)
And … wow, has it really been that long since a No. 1 seed couldn't make it out of the first weekend? Sure enough, the last time was 2004 when ninth-seeded UAB took down Kentucky 76-75. That same year, another 1-seed (Stanford) fell to an 8 seed (Alabama), and the other three top seeds have yet to play their second round game. So don't come out from your bomb shelter just yet. Hope you have enough potato chips.Powered by Sidelines