OKLAHOMA CITY -- It was after a late December win over Belmont that Kansas assistant coach
"That's the kind of thinking that can you in trouble," Townsend warned him. "One time, you're going to try to go on that run and you're not going to do it. Something bad is going to happen."
That "something bad" was the 9th-seeded Northern Iowa Panthers, who led the top-seeded Jayhawks for all but the first 56 seconds of the game -- reaching a 12-point margin with 12:31 to go in the second half -- before the Jayhawks finally put a run together. Kansas closed to within one with 44 seconds to go, but a game-clinching three-pointer by UNI's fearless senior guard,
That's a problem the Jayhawks will have the rest of March and beyond to ponder. Meanwhile, in the UNI locker room down the hall, the team that will be taking KU's designated spot in the Sweet 16 in St. Louis, was basking in a well-deserved victory. UNI, which had never faced a No. 1-ranked team and was only two days removed from its second-ever NCAA win, played with stunning composure and hustle. Perhaps Kansas knew it was in trouble when 7-footer
The Panthers' poise comes straight from their coach,
When it was over, the Panthers didn't dog-pile after the game, as so many giant-killers do. There was hugging and jumping, and Eglseder popping his 53 jersey in front of the delirious UNI fans. But when the players returned to their locker room, they settled into their seats and composed their faces into pictures of serenity, to reflect Jacobson's usual countenance. "When he walked in and we were looking all calm, he got this look on his face, like, whaaat?" says junior forward