Leading by one against the colossus of the bracket, Ali Farokhmanesh stood at the 3-point line, no one around. The prudent play? Pull it out, burn some clock.
Not a chance.
Taking his shot at history, Farokhmanesh let fly from the wing.
The biggest upset in a tournament full of them was done. Northern Iowa had taken down mighty Kansas.
Overall tournament No. 1 seed, historic powerhouse and heavy favourite Kansas was defeated Saturday night by Norther Iowa, a 69-67 loss that stunned the sports world and busted brackets across the country — including President Barack Obama’s.
Obama was one of 98 percent of ESPN.com pool entrants who forecasted Coach Bill Self’s Kansas Jayhawks would make it to the Final Four and one of the 42 percent who had Kansas winning the entire tournament, according to the sports network’s Web site.
Less than one percent put Northern Iowa (30-4) into the Sweet 16 — where the school finds itself now — while less than half of a percent had the school making it to the Elite Eight.