Today: Jun 24, 2024

Battle for No.1

Jennifer Hoffer – Sports Writer

At this rate any team can have their shot at being number one in the NCAA men’s basketball league.

Underdog teams are continuing to upset top teams like Duke, Syracuse, Michigan and just recently, number one Indiana who went down against the Fighting Illini from Illinois.

This marks the fifth straight week that a number one team has gone down in the rankings. We usually don’t see this madness until just right before the tournament in March. But this trend has been going on since the beginning of January.

With Indiana’s win against Michigan last week, it gave them sole possession of the number one spot in the Big Ten, and obviously the number one ranking in the country.

Hoosiers forward, Cody Zeller, has had himself quite a season so far averaging 16.2 points and 8.3 rebounds per game. Zeller put up 19 points against the Wolverines that night.

Indiana went on to win that game by a score of 81-73 ending the game on a 7-2 run.

Not only did the number one team go down that night, Kansas, ranked number two, also fell short against, unranked, Oklahoma State 85-80.

This seemed to be looking pretty good for the Hoosiers, as they expected to be in a top the teams in the country come the morning. But it wouldn’t last long.

In game that stayed fairly close the entire night, it seemed only right for the game to be won with less than a second left on the clock. Well, that’s certainly something Illinois fans and college basketball fans were anticipating while watching. Which is exactly what happened.

With the game tied at 72 and .9 seconds left on the clock, Brandon Paul positioned just under the basket and looked for an inbound pass that would give any of his teammates opportunity for a quick shot.

The game ended, just exemplifying what this season has been like so far: bizarre.

Bizarre, for sure. Forward, Tyler Griffey came off a pick from the top of the key and rolled towards the basket for a wide-open layup. Wide open. No one was near him. Even Griffey himself looked a little shocked after he let the shot go, realizing he had won the game.

Illinois beat Indiana 74-72.

A wave of orange stormed the floor, as fans hoisted Griffey up on their shoulders, as yet again, another team makes the top dog fall.

More upsets in the forecast are surely on the radar. Stay tuned.

 

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