A week of struggles for top-five teams
February, 9, 2013
By ESPN Stats & Information | ESPN.com
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Oklahoma forward Romero Osby (24) reacts at the end of Oklahoma's upset win over No. 5 Kansas.
It’s been a bad week to be a top-five ranked team. Since the men’s Associated Press poll came out Monday, top-five teams have gone 0-5 on the road.
All five losses have come to unranked opponents, with the No. 5 Kansas Jayhawks the latest to fall, losing Saturday in Norman, Okla., to the Oklahoma Sooners.
Tuesday -- Arkansas 80, (2) Florida 69
The Arkansas Razorbacks knocked off the No. 2 Florida Gators, the first victory for the Razorbacks against a top-two team since they beat No. 2 Auburn on Feb. 24, 1999.
In seeing their 10-game win streak snapped, the Gators allowed Arkansas to score 80 points and shoot 49.1 percent from the field, both season worsts for a Florida team that entered perfect in conference play while outscoring opponents by nearly 27 per game.
Wednesday -- TCU 62, (5) Kansas 55
The Jayhawks managed only 13 points in the first half, their fewest in 15 seasons, and shot 29.5 percent from the field, their worst mark in 344 games under Bill Self.
Not only did TCU get its first Big 12 win of the season, it was the program’s first win over a top-five opponent ever.
Kansas entered sixth in ESPN’s Basketball Power Index (BPI). The 240-spot difference between that Jayhawks' ranking and TCU's 246 was larger than in any of the 1-versus-16 matchups in last year’s NCAA tournament.
Thursday -- Illinois 74, (1) Indiana 72
Illinois shocked No. 1 Indiana with a buzzer-beating layup from Tyler Griffey to make it five consecutive weeks that the top-ranked team in the country has lost.
Perhaps the biggest shock was that Illinois got the win in comeback fashion -- the Fighting Illini trailed by 12 at the half and closed the game on a 13-2 run. There’s only been one larger comeback from a halftime deficit against a top-ranked team in the past 15 years (Stanford rallied from 13 down against top-ranked Duke to win on Dec. 21, 2000).
Indiana connected on more than half its 3-pointers but went cold down the stretch, making just one basket in the game’s final five minutes.
Saturday -- Wisconsin 65, (3) Michigan 62 (OT)
Today’s mayhem started in Madison, where the Wisconsin Badgers won their 11th consecutive home game over Michigan.
To force overtime, the Badgers needed a game-tying buzzer-beater from Ben Brust from about 40 feet. Since the 1996-97 season, NBA players are just two of 64 (3.1 percent) on potential game-tying shots from that distance with less than two seconds left.
Saturday -- Oklahoma 72, (5) Kansas 66
In Norman, the Sooners got revenge on the Jayhawks, snapping a 10-game losing streak against their Big 12 rival.
The Kansas defense, which had been the best in the nation against the 2-point shot entering the game, allowed Oklahoma to shoot 50 percent from 2-point range.
The Jayhawks have now lost three games in a row to unranked opponents. On the bright side, the last time they did that was in 1988, when they went on to win the national title.