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:

Dec. 10, 2011: Indiana 73, No. 1 Kentucky 72 BOX | AP RECAP

A look at the scene shortly after clipping No. 1

Indiana Celebration

US Presswire

Dec. 31, 2011: No. 13 Indiana 74, No. 2 Ohio State 70 BOX | AP RECAP

A reaction shot from New Year’s Eve

Tom Crean

Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

Feb. 28, 2012: No. 18 Indiana 70, No. 5 Michigan State 55 BOX | AP RECAP

And, finally, a reaction shot from Tuesday night

Tom Crean

Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

Brent Yarina is a web editor and blogger for BTN.com. Find all of his work here and follow him on twitter at @BTNBrentYarina.


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ryan eaton on 2/29/2012 @ 4:46pm EDT Said:

HOOSIERS BASKETBALL IS BACK!!!!! IT HAS BEEN A VERY FUN SEASON CANNOT WAIT TO SEE WHAT WE CAN DO IN THE BIG TEN TOURNEY AND NCAA TOURNEY. LOOK OUT, HERE WE COME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GO HOOSIERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    BTN.com staff on 2/29/2012 @ 4:59pm EDT Said:

    Ryan, your all caps key is on. Kidding. Congratulations.