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Nebraska hires ex-March Madness star Ali Farokhmanesh as assistant

Nebraska hires ex-March Madness star Ali Farokhmanesh as assistant Photo: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

The Nebraska men's basketball team has hired former Northern Iowa guard Ali Farokhmanesh as a graduate assistant, coach Tim Miles announced.

Farokhmanesh, 26, led Northern Iowa to the Sweet 16 in 2010 as a No. 9 seed. They defeated No. 8 seed UNLV in the second round and knocked off No. 1 seed Kansas, featuring future NBA players, Marcus and Markieff Morris, Xavier Henry, and Cole Aldrich, in the Round of 32.

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Farokhmanesh averaged 14 points during three tournament games in 2010. During the two upset victories, he made nine three-pointers. He played professionally overseas after graduating from Northern Iowa in 2010.

Nebraska finished last season 19-13 and lost to Baylor in the second round of the NCAA tournament.

- Paul Palladino

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