The Hoosiers lost on Thursday night to the Illinois Fighting Illini after blowing a late game lead and losing on a baseline out-of-bounds play underneath the Illinois basket at the buzzer.
However, not only did the Hoosiers lose but the Florida Gators, Michigan Wolverines, Kansas Jayhawks, No. 2 through No. 5, respectively all lost games this week, except for No. 4. In fact, the Jayhawks lost two this week to unranked teams.
Only the Duke Blue Devils, who face the Boston College Eagles have yet to lose this week and considering the brutal weather that has impacted the New England region due to Winter Storm Nemo, who knows what the Blue Devils have experienced as far as delays in their travel itinerary.
A case can be made that the Hoosiers should remain No. 1 and here is why.
Even though Indiana lost to Illinois, the Fighting Illini were ranked in the top 15 earlier this season and have quality wins on their schedule. Not to mention, both of Indiana’s games were on the road.
By contrast, Duke beat the North Carolina State Wolfpack, who are in all fairness a solid team, however, the game was at Duke. Assuming that the Blue Devils beat the Eagles tonight they will have a 2-0 record this week and be poised to get back the No. 1 ranking.
Although Duke does boast the top RPI and BPI rankings, Indiana’s entire body of work must be taken into account for the nation’s top spot.
Indiana has lost just three games by a total score of nine points and all to quality opponents. Not to mention, that virtually every game in the Big 10 is a quality opponent.
The Big 10 is the best conference in the country. Duke is arguably not even the best team in their own conference. That title should go to the Miami (FL) Hurricanes.
Miami embarrassed them by 25 points and remain undefeated in ACC play.
So it is up to the voters now. Hopefully they will make the right decision and keep Indiana in the No. 1 spot.
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