College football upsets are a massive deal when they happen, but when upsets occur in college basketball it’s kind of like seeing the Heat lost; it’s not a massive deal. But it’s not a minor thing either, just ask the folks in Indiana how they feel after getting dethroned as the best team in the country after Butler upset them in over time.
Coming into the season, the Hoosiers were favored to do some serious damage come tournement time, but there’s a little thing called a season before that and the Hoosiers have just suffered their first blow of the year.
It’s not like college football, where losing a game means you’re out of the National Championship picture, but losing is never a good thing. The Hoosiers are fighting for the much coveted No. 1 seed in the tournament and that took a hit today when Butler rolled in and threw a wrench into the machine.
Alex Barlow nailed a beautiful 6-foot jumper with 6.1 seconds left in overtime to give the Bulldogs another thrilling win over a top team this year. Earlier this year, the Bulldogs knocked off the North Carolina Tar Heels back in November at the Maui tournament.
Indiana was out of it the whole game it seemed until the final two and a half minutes of the game. In that time the Hoosiers overcame a 71-64 deficit to force overtime and even took the lead 84-80 right off the bat in the extra period. But it quickly went downhill form there and Butler managed to get back in a game they dominated the whole way through.
Again, the loss isn’t a fatal blow by any means to the Hoosiers season, but it exposes the fact that like every other team in basketball, they’re beatable. Luckily for them, there are still two months for them to fix things before they put it all on the line in March.