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Upset Illini beat buzzer, stun No. 1 Hoosiers

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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- At this rate, no one will want to be No. 1.

Indiana became the fifth straight top-ranked men's college basketball team to lose, falling to unranked Illinois 74-72 on a buzzer-beater by Tyler Griffey on Thursday night.

The senior forward took an inbounds pass with 0.9 seconds to play and made a wide-open layup. And, just like that, the Hoosiers -- who moved into the top spot by beating then-No. 1 Michigan just a few days ago -- went down.

Indiana coach Tom Crean, whose team has been No. 1 for a total of seven weeks this season after opening there, doesn't know why the top spot is suddenly so hard to hang on to.

"I can't answer that. I'm not sure," Crean said. "I just know that these games are 40-minute games. We played at a high level for most of the game."

The Hoosiers (20-3, 8-2 Big Ten) were in charge until the final 3 1/2 minutes when the Illini (16-8, 3-7 Big Ten) finally put together a run to take and then retake the lead.
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Did Indiana blow its Big Ten title hopes?

With under five minutes to play Thursday, it seemed the Hoosiers had things wrapped up, leading by 10 on the road in Champaign. And then the roof fell in. Or, to be more indelicate about it, the Hoosiers blew it, taking their foot off the gas offensively, busting coverages defensively. ... This is not one of those year with an uber-team, nobody casting a shadow like last year's Kentucky team. In the big picture, being No. 1 in February doesn't really matter. But winning the Big Ten regular-season title matters. It matters a lot. And the Hoosiers, who will need to go 15-3 or 14-4 in order to win the conference, just put a large stake through those chances. This was a game they couldn't afford to let slip away.

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