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Jayhawk-killer Ali Farokhmanesh surprises Kansas fans in Omaha

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When March rolls around and the talk turns to NCAA upsets, you're liable to overhear conversations like this in Kansas basketball circles:

"Who was that shooter? Who was the little, um ... "

"He had a weird last name, right?"

"Yeah, yeah, yeah. What was his name?"

"Uh, Farokhmanesh? Farokhma-something?"

"Yes. Yeah, I remember him just raining jumpers the whole game."

Now what happens when the conversation starter is that guy, the infamous hero/villain of Northern Iowa's 2010 upset of KU, Ali Farokhmanesh?

Kansas guard Brady Morningstar (12) defends UNI's Ali Farokhmanesh (5) Saturday, March 20, 2010, in Oklahoma City, OK.

Kansas guard Brady Morningstar (12) defends UNI's Ali Farokhmanesh (5) Saturday, March 20, 2010, in Oklahoma City, OK. by Mike Yoder

To find out, the Omaha World-Herald grabbed the now-Nebraska graduate assistant and brought him to CenturyLink Center, where the Jayhawks started their 2015 NCAA Tournament.

Read the result, as chronicled by the W-H's Dirk Chatelain, or watch the video below:

Comments

Travis Clementsmith 7 years, 2 months ago

That was awesome. Somehow it makes the pain subside a bit. Great sports on both sides of those interviews!

Bryce Landon 7 years, 2 months ago

Obviously this douche has WAY too much time on his hands. The World-Herald should fire him.

Len Shaffer 7 years, 2 months ago

Wow, Bryce, way to get into the spirit of things.

Robert Brown 7 years, 1 month ago

So how would you have reacted if you were interviewed by him.

Mike Putzier 7 years, 1 month ago

Pump the brakes, dude! I thought it was very funny and, dare I say it, therapeutic! :)

Brianna Zaleski 7 years, 1 month ago

I wonder if that obvious hooking foul was called on him?

Lance Hobson 7 years, 1 month ago

Doesn't make it any easier to swallow. We were the overall #1 seed and got the hardest bracket. NCAA screwed us. UNI was 28-3 and should have been a 3 seed at worst.

Michael Wattai 7 years, 1 month ago

The sad thng about the ncaa tournament is that everybody, except one team, loses their last game of the season, including Ali Farokhmanesh.

Beate Williams 7 years, 1 month ago

I thought that was pretty funny and the KU fans really showed class.

DaNeille Dani Davis 7 years, 1 month ago

That was awesome! I was surprised at all those who remembered his name!! Great video! Enjoyed it!!

Robert Brown 7 years, 1 month ago

That was great. I wonder if there was some uneditable tape. I really liked the fans reaction.

Titus Canby 7 years, 1 month ago

That was hilarious. Robert, I was wondering the same thing. What did they have to cut out, other than the obvious swear words?

Now we need an interview with the guy from Michigan who made the 3-pointer a couple years ago to send the Sweet 16 game into OT.

Dan Pawlowski 7 years, 1 month ago

Funny but how long can he play the same tune. Its kind of like Al Bundy hanging his hat on scoring four touchdowns in one game in high school.

Aaron Paisley 7 years, 1 month ago

Considering that's the biggest win in UNI history, he'll always be a cult hero to UNI fans so he can live off that moment for a very long time to KU and UNI fans.

Robert Brown 7 years, 1 month ago

Dan. He is now a coach for Nebraska and I'm sure the newspaper thought it would be a cool feature which it was. I loved the fans who were passionate but classy and ended up hugging the guy that created the heartbreak FIVE years ago.

Dan Pawlowski 7 years, 1 month ago

Well that explains why he has free time.

Kit Duncan 7 years, 1 month ago

Had an OSU booster tell me after the game in Stillwater, how classy he found KU fans. Glad to see these folks stayed classy, too.

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