UNI-Kansas: Panthers' Pesky Play Plunders No. 1 Jayhawks 69-67

Lee W.Correspondent IMarch 20, 2010

OKLAHOMA CITY - MARCH 20:  Lucas O'Rear #32 and Jordan Eglseder #53 of the Northern Iowa Panthers reacts against the Kansas Jayhawks during the second round of the 2010 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Ford Center on March 20, 2010 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Oklahoma City, Okla.- Ali Farokhmanesh's three-pointer with 34 seconds left in the contest put the nail in the coffin for Sherron Collins and the top-seeded Kansas Jayhawks' upset loss, as the Northern Iowa Panthers (30-4) pulled of one of the greatest upsets in NCAA Tournament history.

The shot punched Cinderella's ticket to the Sweet 16 in St. Louis, Mo. Northern Iowa controlled the tempo for most of the game and only trailed by the score of 2-0.

The Panthers simply would not give up to the Jayhawks, as they pulled of the 69-67 upset. 

The giant killers will play the winner of the the No. 4 seed Maryland-No. 5 seed Michigan State game in the Sweet 16 in St. Louis next week.

For now, Coach Ben Jacobsin and the Panthers will celebrate the victory in Oklahoma City.

The colossal upset of the Jayhawks secured the first Sweet 16 bid for a Missouri Valley Conference team, since Larry Bird and the Indiana State Redbirds reached the NCAA Championship game in 1979.

The Kansas Jayhawks ended the season with a 33-3 record. Coach Bill Self was proud of the Jayhawks effort, but his players could not handle the disappointing loss.

It was the first early exit of a No. 1 seed since Kentucky and Stanford lost to UAB and Alabama in 2004.