BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- It had to end this way. There was no other choice.
Especially after the students shook off the snow and freezing temperatures to join the ESPN Game Day crew Saturday morning 6,000 strong reminding people what Hoosier basketball is about.
And after No. 2 Kansas had its 33-game home winning streak end hours before tip off, opening the door for a return to the No. 1 spot in the country.
Everybody knew it, too. From the elderly fans, to the parents, students and even kids running around in their favorite IU attire.
All it took was a performance -- not a perfect one, but a darn near perfect one -- against the current top-ranked team in the country to do it.
Just as bad as it was for former Michigan Fab Five member Jalen Rose to put on a candy striped Hoosiers blazer Saturday morning, it was even worse for the Wolverines by the end of the night, as IU beat them 81-73 at Assembly Hall.