Indiana Basketball: Will the Hoosiers Break into the Top 10 After Upsetting OSU?
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They've done it again. The Hoosiers have upset another top team, this time No. 2 Ohio State after beating No. 1 Kentucky earlier this month.
Indiana has now become the third team in history to beat the No. 1 and No. 2 teams in the same month and the ninth team since 1996-97 to beat both teams in the same season.
Bloomington was booming once again and the Hoosiers beat Ohio State, 74-70, with a difficult layup from Victor Oladipo that gave Indiana a one-point lead that they held onto to seal the victory.
The game-breakers were turnovers and fouls. Although the Hoosiers were out-rebounded, 34-26, they forced 17 turnovers from Ohio State, six of which came from point guard Aaron Craft.
Indiana also maintained an advantage with Ohio State's foul trouble, which limited Jared Sullinger, Deshaun Thomas and William Bufford, who all accumulated four fouls.
The Hoosiers' own Cody Zeller fouled out in the final minutes of the game, but the remainder of their starting lineup committed only two fouls or less.
So, where will the Hoosiers stand in the Top 25 after another exciting upset?
Prior to their recent win against Ohio State, Indiana lost against Michigan State on the road. While that certainly will carry some weight in voters' decisions for the Top 25, the Hoosiers win against No. 2 Ohio State will be more decisive in their Top 25 ranking.
As of last week, Indiana is ranked No. 13 in the AP Poll and No. 15 in the ESPN/ USA Today Coaches Poll.
Will the Hoosiers break into the Top 10 this week?
In the AP Poll, Indiana was held out of the Top 10 by Florida, Wisconsin and Georgetown. Florida was upset by Rutgers in double overtime; Wisconsin lost to Iowa; and Georgetown beat No. 4 Louisville.
Indiana's win against Ohio State may bolster them up to the Top 10, as they will exceed Florida and Wisconsin. However, it's uncertain how voters will decipher Indiana's win against No. 2 Ohio State with Georgetown's victory over No. 4 Louisville.
In the Coaches Poll, Indiana trailed the above listed teams as well as Marquette and Mississippi State, who lost to Vanderbilt and No. 7 Baylor, respectively.
Therefore, Indiana would be in the same position in both polls: on the verge of the Top 10 under the voters' discretion to decipher between Indiana and Georgetown for the No. 10 spot.
Regardless, the Hoosiers should jump to at least No. 11 in the AP and Coaches polls. We'll see where Indiana finds itself in the polls come Monday.
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