SportsNation Blog Archives Indiana Hoosiers
Indiana had a party all planned for the aftermath of the Ohio State game Tuesday night, and the Hoosiers weren't about to let a little thing like, uh, losing the game spoil their fun. Sure, they'd clinched a share of the Big Ten championship, and sure, it's pretty awesome to bask in the approval of your hometown fans while cutting down some nets, but still, talk about backing into an accolade.
The Associated Press No. 1 team in men's college basketball has lost six times this season, with Thursday night's Illinois stunner of Indiana marking the fifth straight week in which the best team has fallen. We won't rag on the Hoosiers too much, although both times they've lost as a No. 1 team it's been to unranked squads. It's interesting to imagine what effect this will have on the NCAA tournament -- a 1-seed has never lost to a 16-seed, but if it were to happen, this year's as good as any.
Neither of its losses as No. 1 has to sit well with Indiana. Both were incredibly close, with the Butler loss coming in overtime.
Sadly, at least for Michigan State fans, the Spartans have been knocked out of the NCAA tournament by Louisville. Michigan State is the first No. 1 seed to fall in the tournament, but both Kentucky and North Carolina could take the plunge this evening if all doesn't go according to plan. Three double-digit seeds will be looking to end some tournament dreams early and keep the clock from striking midnight on their own personal Cinderella stories, but will we see any more upsets in the second half of the Sweet 16?
(1) Kentucky vs. (4) Indiana
Kentucky has run roughshod over its first two opponents, while Indiana barely survived a scare against VCU.
(1) North Carolina vs. (13) Ohio
No. 13 Ohio is the lowest-ranked team still remaining, having upset both Michigan and South Florida in the first two rounds.
(2) Kansas vs. (11) NC State
Both NC State and Kansas survived close games in the round of 32 -- NC State upset Georgetown 66-63, while Kansas eked out a 63-60 win against Purdue.
(3) Baylor vs. (10) Xavier
Baylor and Xavier are coming off of big wins in the round of 32, a far cry from the close games they won in the round of 64.