Well, that didn't last long.
Just hours after the Oklahoma Sooners were ranked No. 1 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll for the first time since 1990, they lost on the road to the No. 19 Iowa State Cyclones 82-77 on Monday.
After a back-and-forth battle, Iowa State broke a 75-75 tie with a Monte Morris jumper at the 24-second mark and made its free throws down the stretch. Fans stormed the court after the final buzzer, per SportsCenter:
Another 1: No. 19 Iowa State takes down No. 1 Oklahoma at home, 82-77. pic.twitter.com/CvAK2czvxd— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) January 19, 2016
Oklahoma was the fifth AP No. 1 team to lose this season, per SB Nation, and the third to lose in the state of Iowa, according to SportsCenter:
It's been crazy so far in college basketball & teams from Iowa have been rising to the occasion against No. 1 seeds. pic.twitter.com/0PTXW6tFt4— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) January 19, 2016
Senior Georges Niang led four Cyclones in double figures with a team-high 22 points on 9-of-19 shooting overall and 4-of-7 shooting from three-point range. He was also one of three Iowa State starters to reach 20 points, per ESPN Stats & Info:
Georges Niang, Abdel Nader, Monte Morris: combined for 62 of Iowa State's 82 points (each scored 20+)— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) January 19, 2016
The Sooners, led by National Player of the Year candidate Buddy Hield, who had had a game-high 27 points to go with six rebounds and four assists, did not go down without a fight, per Sooner Sports TV:
Isaiah Cousins, who scored 26 points on 10-of-15 shooting, nailed a three-pointer to tie the game at 75 with 46 seconds left, only to see Morris hit the go-ahead basket on the next possession.
ESPN's Dana O'Neil was still impressed with Oklahoma, whose only other loss came in three overtimes at the then-No. 1 Kansas Jayhawks:
Big win for Iowa St. Needed it but Oklahoma has done little to diminish my opinion. Sooners lost tough games o road in crazy environments— Dana O'Neil (@ESPNDanaOneil) January 19, 2016
Although it was a big win for the Cyclones, anyone who follows Big 12 basketball knows it wasn't surprising. The conference's teams have already started beating each other up this season, but that's what happens when half of a league's 10 teams are ranked.
Dennis Dodd of CBSSports.com noted the talent within the conference:
The Big 12 Tournament might as well be the Midwest Regional— Dennis Dodd (@dennisdoddcbs) January 19, 2016
CBS Sports analyst Doug Gottlieb gave props to Iowa State head coach Steve Prohm, who led the Cyclones to their first win over an AP No. 1 team since a victory against Wilt Chamberlain and Kansas in 1957, per Campus Insiders:
Prohm used just two non-starters, and they played for only a combined 16 minutes, but the tactic seemed to work, per Sam Vecenie of CBS Sports:
By the way, a lovely 0 bench points tonight for Iowa State. This team is hilarious and weird.— Sam Vecenie (@Sam_Vecenie) January 19, 2016
Morris and Abdel Nader each scored 20, Matt Thomas had 12 and Jameel McKay added eight points and 13 rebounds to help keep the "Hilton Magic" alive, as Iowa State Athletics shared:
Dante Buford was the only other Sooner besides Hield or Cousins to score more than five points as he nailed all four of this three-point attempts en route to 14 points.
The result caused a logjam in the Big 12 standings as Iowa State sits sixth in the conference at 3-3, just 1½ games behind the 4-1 Jayhawks, West Virginia Mountaineers and Baylor Bears. Oklahoma is in fourth place at 4-2, while the Texas Longhorns are 3-2.
Prohm said he was proud of his team for bouncing back from some early conference losses, per Tommy Birch of the Des Moines Register:
Prohm: "I'm proud of the way they hung together and have gotten better." #Cyclones— Tommy Birch (@TommyBirch) January 19, 2016
Niang ranked this win toward the top of his list of greatest moments at Iowa State, but he doesn't want it to be a defining one, per Birch:
Niang asked where beating a No. 1 team stands on his list of accomplishments at Iowa State: "It's up there." #Cyclones— Tommy Birch (@TommyBirch) January 19, 2016
Niang: "But, we've got bigger goals for this year." #Cyclones— Tommy Birch (@TommyBirch) January 19, 2016
Morris seemed to enjoy this victory more than usual, per Alex Halsted of Scout Media:
Monte Morris on Iowa State/Oklahoma games: "It's fun basketball. That's why you lace up. You don't want no cakewalk."— Alex Halsted (@AlexHalsted) January 19, 2016
The Cyclones will try to keep their momentum going on the road Saturday against the TCU Horned Frogs, while Oklahoma will play one more game, at No. 13 Baylor on Saturday, as the No.1-ranked team in the land.