It was a perfect storm.
For Indiana to win against top ranked Kentucky on Saturday night, there were a considerable amount of things that would have to go their way. They would have to spread the floor with their three point shooting. Key players for the Wildcats would have to get in foul trouble, and Indiana would have to prevent that from happening to their stars.
To stay in the game, the Hoosiers would have to play gritty, hustle, and win loose balls.
And they did.
Giving credit where credit is due, Indiana played a great game. Tom Crean and his players believed they could beat Kentucky in Assembly Hall, and their confidence showed for all 40 minutes. It was the Wildcats who were flustered throughout the game, shooting 10 for 17 from the free throw line and turning the ball over 16 times.
The entire Big Blue Nation was hoping for a win in a game that should not have been this close. Kentucky played perfectly awful, Anthony Davis fouled early and often, Marquis Teague played scared in the first half and Terrence Jones forgot to get off the bus.
But somehow, Kentucky found a way to be up 72-70 with five seconds left in the game. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist continued his phenomenal play on the offensive glass, and in the second half, we saw a John Calipari point guard finally live up to his hype.
Indiana was 7 for 9 from beyond the arc in the second half. The seventh three, made by Christian Watford, was a dagger that I will not soon forget. Nor will I forget the call, made by Dan Shulman, as time expired. His words "Watford for the win..." will echo in my mind the rest of the season.
The final shot of the game ended all Big Blue hope of a win, and Indiana emerged, still undefeated. This win will resound for the rest of the year for Indiana, and will be marked as a quality win come Selection Sunday.
As for Kentucky, the No.1 seed is lost, but the Wildcats will stay near the top of the rankings. The Wildcats play their next seven games within the friendly confines of Rupp Arena, with rival Louisville coming to town on New Year's Eve.
Here are five lessons learned from Saturday's game.