A funny thing happened to Kansas on the way to their coronation. Someone forgot to tell the University of Northern Iowa that Kansas cannot be beat.
Kansas. The #1 basketball team in America. Maybe they might have a tough time with Kentucky. Duke could be formidable. Ohio State might put up a fight. But the University of where? Northern Iowa? C'mon! Let's get serious. Kansas is, well .... KANSAS. Everyone knows that.
UNI got its one win Thursday night. As a #9 seed they pulled an upset by beating the University of Las Vegas. Big deal. Fine. There you go. Now it's time for you to go home. Let the big boys play their game. Maybe you won't be too embarrassed after KANSAS gets done with you. But no promises. I mean, you are playing KANSAS.
But UNI game to play.
Much to the surprise of Kansas and the entire basketball world.
And the little engine that could, did.
Congratulations coach Ben Jacobson and your UNI Panthers.
UNI 69 Kansas 67. March 20, 2010.