You Have Lost Your Office Pool: Kansas Falls To Ninth-Seeded Northern Iowa, 69-67

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Northern Iowa 69, Kansas 67: Farokhmanesh Comes Up Big To Shock Kansas

For more, check out our Kansas blog, Rock Chalk Talk.

Oklahoma City, OK (Sports Network) - Ali Farokhmanesh scored 16 points, including a critical three-pointer in the waning moments, and Northern Iowa stunned No. 1 overall seed Kansas, 69-67, in the second round of the Midwest Region of the NCAA Tournament.

Jordan Eglseder had 14 points and five rebounds for the ninth-seeded Panthers (30-4), who will make their first appearance in the Sweet 16.

Marcus Morris scored 16 points to pace the Jayhawks (33-3).

This is Kansas' earliest exit at the NCAA Tournament since 2006 when the Jayhawks lost to Bradley in the first round. The defeat was a shocker, considering the Jayhawks were not only the top overall seed, but they were trying to win the national title for the second time in three years. In 2008, they beat Memphis for the championship, and last year Kansas fell to Michigan State in the Sweet 16.

Before this Cinderella run, the Panthers lost in the first round their previous four times in the tournament. Prior to 2010, the only win Northern Iowa had at the NCAA's was in 1990 against Missouri. Northern Iowa beat UNLV in the first round on Thursday, when Farokhmanesh played hero with a deep three-pointer with 4.9 seconds remaining.

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NCAA Tournament: Kansas, Northern Iowa Tip Off At 5:40 P.M.

Top-seeded Kansas has reached the Field of 32 after a brief scare from Lehigh. Northern Iowa, a 9-seed, arrives after sinking UNLV in the final moments. At 5:40, the Jayhawks will continue their quest for a championhip against a Northern Iowa team that hasn't won two games in an NCAA Tournament since1964.

KU is the obvious favorite, but our Kansas blog, Rock Chalk Talk, is "a little bit scared."

After watching them last night, I wasn't worried at all.  Now that I've done some research, they are starting to scare me a little bit.  Their style of play almost guarantees they will be able to stay in the game.  Hopefully they can't handle the speed of Sherron Collins and Tyshawn Taylor on the perimeter or the athleticism of the Morri and Xavier Henry.

The full preview, which includes a statistical breakdown of Northern Iowa, is well worth a read.

Rock Chalk Talk has also fired up a live game thread. Don't get the wrong idea: it won't be a calm affair. Kansas fans, generally speaking, are a perpetually worried and excitable bunch. Trust me, I know.

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