When No. 1 Kentucky showed up to face the Hoosiers, both teams were undefeated. It was much more surprising for Indiana to be undefeated, considering the program was supposed to still be rebuilding from the Kelvin Sampson era.
To officially say the program was back, Indiana needed a signature win. When Chrisitan Watford's shot went down, IU had the win it desired.
The shot by Watford catapulted IU into the AP Top 25 and back onto the national scene. The Hoosiers were back.
Watford's shot began the next age of Indiana basketball. It's so important to the program because of what has happened after it.
That season, IU made the NCAA tournament and got to the Sweet 16, an awesome accomplishment considering it had only won 12 games the season before. Last season, IU earned a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament. Recruiting has improved drastically, evidenced by Indiana's last two recruiting classes.
So, while the shot might have occurred during a regular-season, nonconference game, the opponent was a big rival that was ranked No. 1, and it marked the return of Indiana basketball back to national prominence.