In a highly-anticipated Big Ten Conference showdown between the Indiana Hoosiers and Michigan Wolverines, the stage was set for excitement in a college basketball environment that was through the roof in Bloomington.
Aided by the tremendous play of Cody Zeller and Victor Oladipo, the Hoosiers got off to a terrific start on Saturday night before holding off the Wolverines in an affair that was tightly-contested for the most part.
The balance of the Hoosiers in a contest that produced plenty of big-time plays and fast-paced excitement was ultimately too much for the No. 1 Wolverines to handle. The good news however, is that these two Big Ten heavyweights will meet up once again this season when the tides turn to Ann Arbor on Mar. 10, a game that will also mark the regular season finale for each.
The crowd in Bloomington was highly appreciative of the hustle and excitement that the Hoosiers provided on Saturday night, but the story from the Hoosiers’ crucial conference victory is the effect that it will have on the rankings come Monday.
With Michigan’s loss to Indiana and Oklahoma State‘s upset victory on the road at Kansas, the doors are open for Indiana to ultimately assume the throne in college basketball, yet again. You may remember that the Hoosiers began the season at No. 1 overall in preseason polls across the nation, but Indiana has not returned to the top spot since.
Well, that is about to change following their victory on Saturday night as Indiana will be ranked No. 1 in college basketball when the polls are re-released for this upcoming week.
It’s well-deserved for head coach Tom Crean and the Hoosiers, but as the shuffle amongst the nation’s top spot continues to change week-by-week, everyone is well aware of the fact that it’s being No. 1 at the end of the season that helps raise the banner.
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