It is not safe to be the Top ranked team in NCAA Basketball. Top-ranked Michigan Wolverines found out the hard way as the number 3 ranked Indiana Hoosiers defeated the Wolverines 81-73. The most likely scenario the Hoosiers will retake the Top ranking in basketball. The Hoosiers will be number one ranked because, the number 2 ranked Kansas Jayhawks was defeated at home by the Oklahoma State Cowboys. The Cowboys’ 85-80 victory snapped the Jayhawks’ 33-game home winning streak.
Hoosiers know all too well, it can be difficult to hold onto the Top spot, and Michigan can tell you a thing or two about getting back to Top ranked position. Wolverines coming into the game had not been No.1 since the days of the Fab 5. The 1992-93 season was the last time Michigan was number 1. However, it would be the Wolverines shortest reign as they only could hold the Top spot for a week. The Hoosiers was No 1 earlier in the season but suffered the same fate as the one they dealt to Michigan on Saturday.
Cody Zeller was all over the court giving his all by going after loose balls and pouring in baskets when the Hoosiers needed them. He finished the day with a double-double, 19 points and 10 rebounds. The defense was excellent as Michigan almost always was playing from behind for the entire game. Zeller was in the spotlight, but the Hoosier starting lineup came up big as all finished in double figures. Victor Oladipo was second in scoring with 15 points.
For Michigan, Trey Burke was as good as advertised. Burke finished with 25 points and 8 assists. Burke is considered one of the best point guards in the country. Tim Hardaway Jr. poured in 18 points. One of the young stars that really did not show up was Glenn Robinson III. Robinson scored 2 points; however, it was not a good look for Robinson because he averages almost 12 points per game. Overall, the Wolverines along with the Hoosiers wl make some noise in March Madness. Both are great teams that hve a chance to get to NCAA Mens Basketball Tournament Final Four.
Jayhawks would have claimed the Top spot, but someone forgot to tell the Cowboys. Markel Brown and Marcus Smart would not let the Cowboys lose. Brown finished the game with 28 points, and when he was not scoring Smart was hitting shots. Smart finished with 25 points. I will give him a seven for his cartwheel and backflip he did to celebrate their victory over Kansas. Cowboys’ biggest lead was 14 points, but the Jayhawks fought back thanks in part to the scoring of Ben McLemore. Kansas guard McLemore finished with 23 points in a losing effort. Kansas or any team may not show dominance as last year NCAA Champs’ Kentucky Wildcats, but they will bounce back ready for upcoming March Madness.
You could not have asked for more in sports on a Saturday before a most anticipated Sunday in sports, Super Bowl Sunday.