Running in Place in Race for Top Ranking

Bradley Leeb/USA Today

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...

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