Saturday, March 20, 2010

Kansas Shocked By Northern Iowa 69-67

This three point goal, by Northern Iowa's Ali Farokhmanesh, was the final dagger in KU's chances (Kansas City Star)

Bench and fans both stunned at the proceedings (Kansas City Star)
I was going to wait and blog all at once on the results of the first two rounds of the NCAA men's tournament, but this upset requires a note. Kansas had one lead at 2-0, and then played behind all game. While the numbers don't seem that horrible, it seemed the Jayhawks could not make a shot when they really needed it, committed fouls they didn't need to commit, and didn't play team offense. Watching the highlights, you see a fabulous behind the back pass, a terrific ally-oop and a great job breaking the full court press by Northern Iowa. That break of the press led to a 3 point dagger that eventually proved to be the game winner for Northern Iowa. When you watch offensive highlights of Kansas, you see players exerting individual effort to make hoops and it seemed the offensive end was presenting great difficulties to Kansas.

Kansas has danced with danger a few times during the course of this season and this tournament. Eventually they found an opponent that could resist the pressure of a Kansas run and prevail. Pretty much a bummer, and a stunner. Where I was watching, no one had much to say after the game was over.

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