The third ranked Indiana Hoosiers toppled number one Michigan 81-73 in Bloomington.
The hype surrounding this game started building before Michigan claimed the top spot in the polls on Monday, and Indiana made sure the Wolverines first number one ranking in two decades was short lived.
Indiana came out with a purpose, feeding the frenzy of a sold out Assembly Hall crowd that had gathered hours before tip off for ESPN’s College Game Day. Early on, it looked as though the Hoosiers would run away with the game. Cody Zeller and Victor Oladipo could not miss, and their defense smothered a high powered Michigan team.
In the latter part of the first half, The Wolverines fought their way back, and at the half trailed only by two points. You knew this battle of B1G Ten heavyweights would be one to remember. It would only be fitting for the two best teams from the best conference in college basketball. This game meant so much to both schools, teams, and fan bases.
The second half did not disappoint, with Michigan continuing to fight to remain on the top of the college basketball heap, but Indiana showed that at this point in the season, they are clearly the best team in the nation.
Cody Zeller led the way for Indiana. When his team needed big shots down the stretch, he came through. Time after time, the Hoosier Superstar made big shots to extend Indiana’s lead. With just over five and a half minutes left, he made the crowd rise to their feet with a monster dunk after a Victor Oladipo miss. The senior took over when it counted most. Zeller finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds.
Indiana moves to 20-2 on the season, and will likely claim the top spot in both polls on Monday.
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