Saturday, March 20, 2010

Northern Iowa: The Shock Heard Around The World!

I'm numb and speechless. What a shocker!

The No. 9 Northern Iowa Panthers STUN the No. 1 Kansas Jayhawks, 69-67. Now this has to be the bracket-buster of the ages.

Wow! I'm so shocked, I honestly don't know what to write. Let's just say, a star was born in the Mid West nebula.

What a day!

Kudos to the No. 10 St. Mary's Gaels on their upset win over the No. 2 Villanova Wildcats, 75-68. The doldrums continue for the mighty Big East conference. Last night the No. 8 California Golden Bears sent the No. 9 Louisville Cardinals packing, 77-62. The Big East who sent the most teams of any conference into the tournament with 8, was an unimpressive 4-4 after the first round. With Villanova's loss today, the conference is already in an 0-1 hole in the second round. Only the No. 1 Syracuse Orangemen, the No. 2 West Virginia Mountaineers and the No. 3 Pittsburgh Panther are still alive from the conference considered by many the best in the nation.

On the other hand, the Pac-10, who many didn't care for this season, are 3-0 in the tournament. The No. 11 Washington Huskies are going to the Sweet 16 after their very impressive dismantling of the No. 3 New Mexico Lobos, 82-64. So far Washington and California are proving that "this ain't no comeback, the Pac-10 has been here for years". Good for them!

On another front-- a special SHOUTOUT to the No. 5 Butler Bulldogs on punching their ticket to the Sweet 16 and to the Baylor Bears who also advanced to the big party. The Bears are one of the most intriguing teams in the tournament. They had a total of 0 tournament wins in a 60 year span and so far they have 2 wins in 3 days. Go figure.

But the stage belongs to NORTHERN IOWA. Not Iowa. Not Iowa State. Northern Iowa.


Photo courtesy of US Presswire
Logo courtesy of the University of Northern Iowa


  1. When 99% of experts predict one team to win March Madness, that almost always spells doom for that team. I had a feeling that might happen to Kansas, but not this quickly in the tournament.

  2. Excellent point, Charley. I had the same gut feeling but I thought it would happen in the Sweet 16 or Elite 8.