Posted on: March 20, 2010 9:41 pm
Edited on: March 20, 2010 9:50 pm

History lesson of 9 seeds to upset 1 seeds

In the history of the NCAA tournament, a No. 9 seed had beaten a No. 1 seed in the second round just three times. Northern Iowa's 69-67 victory over Kansas on Saturday made it four. But what does the future hold for the Panthers? Well, history says momentum is fleeting.


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UTEP was the first No. 9 seed to earn a second round victory over a No. 1 seed, taking down Kansas 66-60.

It was quite an interesting strategy employed by the Miners, who had defeated Evansville 55-50 in the first round. For the first time all season, they used a spread offense, slowing down the game and befuddling coach Roy Williams and his Jayhawks.

Read the AP recap

UTEP hasn't won an NCAA tournament game since. They lost to Cincinnati, 69-67, in the next round.


A couple of years after UTEP, Boston College became the second No. 9 seed to stage a second-round upset of a No. 1 seed. The Eagles hit 12 3-pointers en route to a 75-72 victory over North Carolina, the defending national champions.

Boston College would go on to defeat Bobby Knight and the Indiana Hoosiers in the regional semifinals before its Cinderella run came to an end at the hands of the Florida Gators in the regional final.

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It would be a decade before another 9 seed cracked the code on a 1 seed, this time UAB doing the honors against Kentucky. Mo Finley made a 17-foot jumper with 12.2 seconds left to lift UAB to a 76-75 victory as Kentucky's Gerald Fitch missed a 3-pointer with 2.2 seconds left and Chuck Hayes' tip rolled off the rim just before the final horn.

Read the AP recap

UAB, though, couldn't keep the upset train going as it was blown out in the next round by Kansas 100-74.

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