NCAA tournament Day 3 wrap

Say it with me.

Ali Farokhmanesh.

The Northern Iowa senior guard's name is pronounced "Fuh-ROAK-muh-nesh."

It's not just an announcers' nightmare.

Now, it's Kansas' nightmare as well.

Farokhmanesh became the latest tournament hero when he knocked down a 3-pointer with 29 seconds left on the shot clock, the Panthers leading Kansas by a point and 34 seconds left on the clock.

It was the ultimate blow that knocked the Jayhawks out, and it was delivered by the son of an Iranian Olympic volleyball player.

It wasn't the first game-winner for Farokhmanesh, either. He also nailed a 3-pointer two days prior with 4.9 seconds left to get past UNLV in the first round.

Game of the Day: Um, this one was a complete no-brainer. Northern Iowa's 69-67 upset over No. 1 seed Kansas may have been the game of the tourney thus far. Farokhmanesh sank a 3-pointer early in the shot clock with 34 seconds left to put the nail in the proverbial coffin as the Panthers advanced and will play the Michigan State-Maryland winner.

The Savior: Saint Mary's junior guard Mickey McConnell didn't intend for his 3-pointer to go off the glass, but it banked in from the left side with 1:18 remaining that helped seal the deal for the Gaels to move into the Sweet 16.

More Studs:

1. Omar Samhan, Saint Mary's: The senior big man had another monster night and was virtually unstoppable by Villanova. Samhan scored 32 points and was 13-of-16 from the field and also grabbed seven rebounds in the win.

2. Jake Pullen, Kansas State: What a performance from the junior guard. Pullen had 34 points and was 7-of-12 from beyond the arc and a perfect 11-of-11 from the line in the win against BYU.

3. LaceDarius Dunn, Baylor: The Bears talented junior scoring guard went for 26 points in the win against Old Dominion.

4. Matthew Bryan-Amaning, Washington: The athletic big man from England has been on a tear of late and it's no surprise it's coincided with the Huskies' recent winning streak. Bryan-Amaning had 15 points and nine boards in the rout over New Mexico.

Story of the Day: The upsets -- Top-seeded Kansas went down to Northern Iowa, but No. 2 Villanova and No. 3 New Mexico were also knocked out of the tourney. That means three teams seeded ninth or lower -- No. 9 Northern Iowa, No. 10 Saint Mary's and No. 10 Washington -- have already earned spots in the Sweet 16.

Biggest Upset: No. 9 Northern Iowa over No. 1 Kansas -- A top-ranked team hadn't lost in the second round since 2004. This one is up there with the best of them because the Jayhawks were the front-runners to cut down the nets in a couple weeks.

Most Impressive: Kentucky's 30-point spanking over Wake Forest -- This one was over the minute that Demon Deacons talented forward Al-Farouq Aminu picked up his third foul midway through the first half. The Wildcats only got four points from Patrick Patterson but didn't need anything more than that with Darius Miller going for 20 points in the rout.

Most Unimpressive: Mountain West -- After getting four teams into the field, the league couldn't get anyone into the Sweet 16. San Diego State and UNLV bowed out in the first round and New Mexico and BYU didn't even make things interesting while losing to Washington and Kansas State.

Red-Hot Coaches: This one is a virtual toss-up between Northern Iowa's Ben Jacobson and Saint Mary's head man Randy Bennett. Jacobson just knocked off Kansas to move into the Sweet 16 while Bennett has taken care of Richmond and Villanova to earn a spot among the final 16 teams left standing.

Best Sweet 16 matchup: There's just one set thus far and it'll be interesting. Baylor, which got the No. 3 seed and is loaded with athletes, will go up against a Saint Mary's team that isn't exactly ultra-athletic, but is full of shooters and has a dominant big man in Omar Samhan. The matchup between Baylor big man Ekpe Udoh and Samhan should be worth watching.

We'll miss you: Scottie Reynolds, Villanova -- A terrific college career ended with a thud as the senior guard struggled to find his shot in his final two NCAA tournament games. Reynolds was 2-of-15 from the field in the squeaker against Robert Morris and was just 2-of-11 for eight points in the loss to Saint Mary's.

Never would have thought: Butler would come out of top and beat Murray State despite getting just three points and four rebounds in 18 minutes from big man Matt Howard. The Bulldogs were fortunate, but won't get past the Syracuse-Gonzaga winner with a similar performance from the hard-working, undersized post player.

Stat of the Day : Tennessee point guard Bobby Maze handed out nine assists in the win over Ohio. Maze remains the key to the Vols success and he tied his career-high on Saturday.

Can't wait till tomorrow:

1. No. 8 Gonzaga vs. No. 1 Syracuse: The 'Zags have a shot to knock off the top-seeded Orange - especially since they'll be without Arinze Onuaku again.

2. No. 2 Ohio State vs. No. 10 Georgia Tech: Even Turner and the Buckeyes, who now appear to have an easier road that doesn't include Kansas, face a big, athletic Yellow Jackets team.

3. No. 5 Michigan State vs. No. 4 Maryland: The winner of the Tom Izzo-Gary Williams coaching matchup gets a shot at Northern Iowa with an Elite Eight berth on the line.

4. No. 1 Duke vs. No. 8 California: Can the Blue Devils take another step towards the Final Four or will the Pac-10 go 2-for-2 with Sweet 16 teams.