NCAA Tournament: UNI Stuns Top-Seeded Kansas

The University of Kansas Jayhawks were the Midwest Region top seed and the number one team overall in the NCAA Tournament before they faced the Northern Iowa Panthers in the second round. Now they have another number one to add to their 2010 collection–the first top seed to be sent home.

Ali Farokhmanesh scored five points in the last 34 seconds, including a three-pointer that doused off a searing Kansas rally, to help Northern Iowa score the biggest upset of the tournament with a 69-67 victory over the Jayhawks. The Panthers took the lead early on but the Jayhawks responded by turning up their defensive intensity in the second half and coming to within one-point of Northern Iowa.

However, the defense that helped the Jayhawks get back into the game was also the one that caused them a chance to win a national championship, as they left the fearless Farokhmanesh open for the three-pointer that gave the Panthers a four-point lead, 66-62, with 34 seconds remaining.

No. 9 Northern Iowa will face the winner of the Michigan State-Maryland tussle for a place in the quarterfinals.