I understand your issues. You loved watching the exciting first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament, but you’ve used up all your little tidbits of info, like “Murray State has won a lot of games this season.” So, to prep you for Thursday and beyond, here’s all you need to know about the Sweet 16.
9. Northern Iowa Panthers
Conference: Missouri Valley
Location: Cedar Falls, IA
How they got here: def. UNLV 69-66; def. Kansas 69-67
Biggest reason they got here: Ali Farokhmenesh took and made the ballsiest shot in the Tournament since T.J. Sorrentine buried Syracuse in 2005. Oh, and Xavier Henry missed that big free throw.
Last trip to Sweet 16: Never.
A great and recent Tournament game: Umm…did you watch on Saturday?
Tim’s favorite player in UNI history is: Current reserve Lucas O’Rear. You rarely see the combination of a great name, a shamrock tattoo, and mutton chops.
In Tim’s original bracket, the Panthers lasted until: Selection Sunday! I had them going out to UNLV.
You should root for Northern Iowa because: It’s Northern Iowa. QED.
Did you know? Northern Iowa has played eight games in the NCAA Tournament in its history. All eight have been decided by five or fewer points.
Were you aware? If you lined up the rosters of all 16 teams remaining in the Tournament and were told to pick which one comes from Iowa, 96% of people would correctly select the Panthers.
Fun Fact! Ben Jacobson is the best-looking coach in the Sweet 16. Continue reading »