A first for Indiana: Down goes No. 1, No. 2, No. 5
The Indiana men’s basketball program owns five national championships and 20 Big Ten crowns. Never in its decorated history has it beaten three top 5 teams in one regular season, though. Until now. With Tuesday night’s 70-55 victory over No. 5 Michigan State, the Hoosiers registered their third win of the season over an AP top 5 team. The other wins: No. 1 Kentucky and then-No. 2 Ohio State. Relive the three wins in this post with video, box scores, AP recaps and pictures.
That’s three wins in three games against top 5 teams, by the way. It’s not like there was a loss to a top 5 team sprinkled in there somewhere. All this from a program that entered the season 2-23 vs. ranked foes, let alone the top 5, in Tom Crean’s tenure. Against the top 5 under Crean before this season, Indiana was a predictable 0-4, losing by an average of 18 points per game.
It’s been an unbelievable turnaround season — one made even more incredible by these three wins.
Let’s take a look at the wins, starting, of course, with the first one:
A look at the scene shortly after clipping No. 1
A reaction shot from New Year’s Eve
And, finally, a reaction shot from Tuesday night