Northern Iowa just knocked Kansas out of the NCAA tournament, a shocking upset that makes Ohio’s first-round win over Georgetown look like the smallest of potatoes. Even more amazing is that Kansas, after scoring the first two points of the game, did not have the lead at any point thereafter. Equally insane was the clinching, Reggie-Miller-esque three-pointer from UNI’s Ali Farokhmanesh (white guy, even), which he fired off while leading a fast break.
Whether you love this or hate this says a lot about your mindset on the state of college basketball. Kansas, who was one of the most lauded teams all season, have been replaced by the champions of the not-so-mighty Missouri Valley Conference. Kansas and its accomplishments from a rigorous Big XII season all seem for naught now. It’s somewhat ironic that Missouri is the “Show Me” State. Northern Iowa did just that.
And here’s the three from Ali Farokhmanesh: