As I said last week, the first half of December can be a somewhat tame period amid the craziness of the college basketball season.
Saturday was not a particularly tame day. Two games—one early and one late—made certain of that.
During the day, we saw arguably the game of the year in Indianapolis, an in-state clash between Butler and top-ranked Indiana. The game, and plenty of bragging rights, went to the nation's favorite underdogs (excuse the oxymoron).
It may not have topped the classic in Indy earlier on, but Florida and Arizona certainly did their best to match the earlier dramatics. In a matchup between the fifth- and eighth-ranked teams, both undefeated coming in, the game came down to the final seconds. Despite trailing virtually the entire game, the Wildcats pulled out a stunner at home.
The two games were thrilling to watch, and the results of each had a fairly dynamic effect at the top of this week's new AP Top 25.
Two of the teams that saw the biggest gains should be fairly obvious, but who were some of the others who experienced the effects of the weekend's showstoppers?