The #1 ranking in College Basketball has been a curse this season. For the 5th straight week, the top team has lost after ascending to the top of the poll. Illinois squeaked by #1 Indiana Thursday night 74-72 on a buzzer beating lay-up by Tyler Griffey.
With 8-conference games remaining, only 1-game separates the top 5 in the Big Ten. Indiana is now 8-2 in the conference tying them with #3 Michigan and #12 Michigan State. Wisconsin joins #10 Ohio State at 7-3, just a game out of the top spot. Minnesota and Purdue sit tied for the 6th spot with even 5-5 marks. Northwestern checks in at 4-6 while Illinois and Iowa are each 3-7. Nebraska is 2-8 while Penn State sits on the bottom at 0-10.
Things could shake up even more after this weekend. The Badgers host Michigan at the Kohl Center Saturday for an 11 AM tip-off. Indiana will look to bounce back Sunday as they visit Ohio State while Michigan State travels to Mackey Arena to take on Purdue on Saturday.