The Indiana Hoosiers are the latest No. 1 team to be upset by an underdog—this time, it was the Illinois Fighting Illini who pulled off a major upset over a top team, 74-72.
Tyler Griffey found himself wide open after rolling off a screen, and his layup in the closing seconds gave Illinois the win.
The Illini fans flooded the court after the win.
Griffey finished with 14 points and eight rebounds off the bench, while guards Brandon Paul and D.J. Richardson added 21 and 23 points, respectively. The Illini earned just their third win in Big Ten play.
Cody Zeller was the Hoosiers' leading scorer with 14 points and nine boards. Victor Oladipo only scored nine points, but he pulled down four rebounds and added five assists.
This isn't the first time the Hoosiers have been upset as the No. 1 team in the nation. Back in December, Indiana fell at the hands of Butler, 88-86, and that forced it to relinquish its top ranking.
Other squads such as Michigan and Duke have fallen victim to the curse of the No. 1 seed, and it has left the top seed in the nation as a bad-luck spot to say the least.
The Hoosiers dominated the first half with some stellar play and staked themselves to a 41-29 lead going into the break.
They built the lead to as much as 14 in the second half with less than 13 to play.
Stellar shooting from the field (55 percent) and several opportunities at the charity stripe (eight FTs) in the second half helped Illinois climb back into this contest and ultimately take the lead late en route to victory.
Indiana alum and Bleacher Report's own Collin McCollough gave some insight as to what went wrong for the Hoosiers:
Worst defensive game I've seen IU play all year.No question.Just no rotation or communication.— Collin McCollough (@cmccollo) February 8, 2013
Before the game ended, Dan Wolken of USA Today Sports illustrated just how important yet improbable this win over Indiana would be:
Illinois is 2-7 in the Big 10. Not an overstatement to say their season comes down to these final 120 seconds.— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) February 8, 2013
Seth Davis of Sports Illustrated and CBS Sports explained what Illinois' season outlook is after this incredible win:
That's two amazing wins for Illinois but they're now 3-7 in the Big Ten. Gonna be hard to keep em out but need to keep winning.— Seth Davis (@SethDavisHoops) February 8, 2013
Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports stated the obvious in regard to the parity in college basketball this season:
College basketball. Where the unpredictable becomes the ordinary.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) February 8, 2013
ESPN Stats & Info helped shed some light as to just how bad No. 1 teams have fared this year:
No. 1 Indiana loses to Illinois at the buzzer, the 5th straight week that AP No. 1 loses
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) February 8, 2013