Brent Yarina, BTN.com Senior Editor, February 28, 2012
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