No. 1 Indiana has been upset after a defensive gaffe with 0.9 seconds remaining allowed Illinois to take its only lead of the game.
The Illini stunned the No. 1 Indiana Hoosiers with the 74-72 victory, storming back from a 14-point second half deficit to possibly salvage a season that looked to be slipping away. After a stellar start to the season in out of conference play, Illinois had faltered to a 2-8 record in the Big 10 before Thursday’s matchup.
“With the score tied and Illinois guard Brandon Paul inbounding the ball from the corner with only nine tenths of a second remaining, Illini forward Tyler Griffey set a right-wing screen to try to free up a shooter and then cut to the basket. Christian Watford left Griffey to cover a shooter and Cody Zeller failed to pick him, a miscommunication that left the Illinois forward wide open underneath the basket for the game-winning layup just before time expired.”
After No. 1 Indiana was upset, students at Assembly Hall stormed the court, despite the fact that referees were still checking to make sure the basket counted.
Indiana had a chance to end the game, but the Hoosiers’ Victor Oladipo lost possessions going to the rim. The loose ball was recovered by Illinois, but Oladipo got back on defense and blocked the winning layup attempt out of bounds with 0.9 seconds to go, setting up Griffey’s historic shot.
Indiana could have won the game in regulation on its final possession had Oladipo not been stripped going to the rim. Richardson recovered the loose ball and streaked up court to try to win it for Illinois but Oladipo recovered from behind to swat his game-winning layup attempt out of bounds with nine tenths of a second to go, paving the way for Griffey’s heroics.
With No. 1 Indiana being upset, it makes five consecutive weeks that the top-ranked team in the country was upset, ESPN noted.