Running in Place in Race for Top Ranking

Running in Place in Race for Top Ranking

For the fifth week in a row, the best is no longer the best.

This week it was Indiana’s turn. Eighty hours after regaining their No. 1 spot in the AP poll, the Hoosiers lost. That doesn’t quite do justice to what happened on Thursday night: The Hoosiers lost on a wide-open layup at Illinois, a team that had been 2-7 since Jan. 1 but went on a 13-2 run to close the game and break Indiana’s heart.

The week before it was Michigan, losing to Big Ten rival Indiana on Super Bowl eve in one of the most exciting games of the year. The week before that, No. 1 Duke got destroyed at Miami, and that came a week after No. 1 Louisville lost to Syracuse, and that came the week after No. 1 Duke lost at North Carolina State.

On and on it goes.

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