Pulls the shocker over Kansas, 69-67. Had controlled the game throughout and was leading 63-56 with 1:07 left when Kansas went on a 6-0 run. A Sherron Collins lay-up with 43 seconds left cut it to 63-62. But the amazing Ali Farokhmanesh caught a ball behind the Kansas press, which was very intense, and stayed behind the line and swished a trifecta with 35 seconds left to put the Panthers up 66-62. A charging foul by Kansas' Tyrel Reed and a defensive foul on Collins led to one-of-two made free throws by Kwadzo Ahelegbe with 13 seconds left. Reed sank a lay-up to cut the lead to 67-64 but fouled Farokhmanesh, the senior who is the son of an Iranian Olympic volleyball player and played high school in Iowa City and junior college ball in Iowa.He, of course sank both free throws with six seconds left. He's an 86 % free throw shooter. The Panthers led 69-64. A late Kansas three didn't matter. Northern Iowa was 16-of-19 from the free throw line, forced 15 Kansas turnovers and only gave the ball up nine times. Farokhmanesh finished with 16 and was four-of-10 from trifecta. Jordan Eglseder added 14. Marcus Morris led the Jayhawks with 16.
The Cougars now play the winner of Michigan State-Maryland, who play tomorrow, in the Sweet 16. This is terrific and what March is all about. I thought Kansas was vulnerable. I picked them against my better judgement listening to Jay Bilas and company say how great they were. I knew they were not great. Something about them just wasn't fluid. They were an erratic team. Just didn't shoot the ball that well from the outside. Were six-of-22 from trifecta today (27%).