Cyclones take out defending champ UConn 77-64

NANCY ARMOUR AP National Writer Published:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- The national champions are one and done, thanks to Iowa State.

When Jim Calhoun and Connecticut will be back in the NCAA tournament is anybody's guess.

Chris Allen led four Cyclones in double figures with 20 points and Iowa State scored its last 14 at the free-throw line to beat Connecticut 77-64 on Thursday night, the first time since UCLA in 1996 that the defending champs have lost in the opening game. Calhoun didn't even wait for the final buzzer, heading for halfcourt with about four seconds left to congratulate Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg.

It is only the second loss in the opening game of the NCAA tournament for UConn.

For the Cyclones, meanwhile, it's their biggest victory in a season of them after knocking off Kansas and Baylor during Big 12 play. As the game wound down, Royce White pointed at Iowa State's radio crew and said, "I told you, didn't I?"

Iowa State's reward for the big win? Overall No. 1 seed Kentucky in the third round of the South Regional on Saturday.