There aren't too many teams that have the Indiana Hoosiers' number, but over the past few years the Wisconsin Badgers were one of them. That is why following Indiana's 75-72 win on Tuesday night, the students were more than justified in storming the court. Not only did they knock off one of the four undefeated teams in the nation, they purged some demons in the process.
For much of the game, it looked like the Badgers would stay undefeated. They led by 10 points with 13 minutes remaining, but a quick 12-0 run by the Hoosiers reversed that fate and set the game up for a thrilling conclusion. Kevin Ferrell led all scorers with 25 points in a game the referees let be decided by physical play. The two teams combined to shoot a total of 14 free throws, and Indiana only hit the bonus towards the very end of the game.
It was an emotional win for multiple reasons. Looking past Wisconsin's high ranking, the last time the Hoosiers beat the Badgers was on Jan. 31, 2007. Since then, it had been 12 straight losses to the Badgers. You can decide which flavor is sweeter, ending a dubious losing streak or knocking off one of four unbeaten teams in college hoops. Either way, the kids were ready to celebrate, as seen by this home footage.
Syracuse, Wichita State and Arizona are the last undefeated teams in the nation.
No. 5 Wichita State 72, Bradley 50
The Wichita State Shockers made sure there weren't any problems in playing their first game as a top-5 team since 1981 with a thorough thrashing of the Bradley Braves. The Shockers had to overcome a 19-point second-half deficit in their last game against Missouri State. This time around, Fred VanVleet made sure there wouldn't be any drama.
VanVleet scored 22 points and Darius Carter added 11. The Braves were held to 35 percent shooting from the floor and were outrebounded by the Shockers, 41-31.
No. 7 Florida 72, Georgia 50
The Florida Gators set a school record with their 25th straight win at home as they defeated the Georgia Bulldogs. Michael Frazier II had a career-high 21 points to help lead the depleted Gators lineup.
Scottie Wilbekin left the game with cramps for a bit, and DeVon Walker also needed attention due to a split lip. Neither would be a big deal if the Gators had more players in the rotation. But with leading scorer Casey Prather still hobbled by a bruised right knee, coach Billy Donovan doesn't have too many options to use.
The previous home winning streak was set between March 2006 and November 2007 when the Gators were stacked with the likes of Corey Brewer, Al Horford and Joakim Noah.
Arkansas 87 (OT), No. 13 Kentucky 85
Michael Qualls charged in and slammed home Rashad Madden's missed three-pointer with 0.2 seconds left to give Arkansas the upset at home in overtime. Qualls and Madden each finished with 18 points to lead the Razorbacks in a chaotic game that struggled to maintain an offensive flow.
Although it appeared that the Razorbacks won on Qualls' dunk (captured thanks to CJ Fogler), but the referees put 0.2 seconds back on the clock. The ensuing Kentucky inbound pass got stuck up in the main scoreboard hanging over the middle of the court at the Bud Walton Arena, giving the final possession back to Arkansas (shown below courtesy of Larry Brown Sports).
The two teams combined for 50 fouls that resulted in a combined 81 free-throw attempts. The Wildcats left quite a few points on the court floor, going 26-for-40 from the charity stripe. James Young led the Wildcats with 23 points, and Julius Randle added 20 points and 14 rebounds.
No. 19 Cincinnati 69, Temple 58
The Cincinnati Bearcats got a stronger test than expected from the Temple Owls before pulling off the win to stay undefeated at home. The Bearcats came into the game atop the AAC with the Owls down at the bottom, but Temple stayed feisty throughout. They led 47-45 well into the second half before Sean Kilpatrick started a 12-0 run to put the Bearcats in control. Kilpatrick finished with 23 points and was 6-for-13 from beyond the arc.
No. 20 Creighton 88, Butler 60
Doug McDermott scored 24 points in the first half as the Creighton Bluejays jumped out to a huge early lead and never looked back. McDermott finished the game with 28 points, but he wasn't really needed after the first half, which saw Creighton head to the locker room leading 53-24.
The Bluejays closed the first half on a 32-6 run, with McDermott dropping 13 points in the process. He moved himself up to the top 25 on the NCAA all-time scoring list with 2,644 points, knocking off Stephen Curry in the process.
No. 22 Pittsburgh 81, Georgia Tech 74
Usually when the Pittsburgh Panthers win, they win with authority. Georgia Tech pushed the Panthers as close as anyone has in a victory, but the Yellow Jackets didn't have enough to finish. Pittsburgh won by seven points, its smallest margin on the season. Georgia Tech held a three-point lead going into halftime, but Pittsburgh pulled away in the second half behind Talib Zanna's 22 points, as the team shot 57 percent from the floor.
Kansas State 72, No. 25 Oklahoma 66
The Kansas State Wildcats got clutch help from unlikely sources as they knocked off the Oklahoma Sooners. Kansas State forward Nino Williams hit four consecutive free throws to keep the Sooners at bay in the waning seconds.
Williams came into the game averaging 5.3 points per game. He finished with 10 points to end the game as one of five Wildcats to score in double-digits. Marcus Foster led the team with 18 points and Shane Southwell added 16. Sooners sophomore forward Ryan Spangler had a career night, leading all scorers with 21 points and 14 rebounds -- nine of which came on the offensive glass.