Christian Watford hit a 3-pointer at the final buzzer as undefeated Indiana University upset top-ranked University of Kentucky 73-72 in college basketball. The University of Kansas topped No. 2 Ohio State University 78-67.
Watford scored 20 points for the Hoosiers, who handed the Wildcats their first defeat this season. It was the first time Indiana has beaten a top-ranked team since a win over Duke in the 2002 National Collegiate Athletic Association tournament.
At Phog Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kansas, Thomas Robinson scored 21 points to lead the 13th-ranked Jayhawks past the Buckeyes. Kansas is 5-0 on its home court this season.
At Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Indiana, after Watford’s throw hit the basket, the referees waited for the results of a replay to ensure that it counted. Indiana fans, however, surged onto the court without a final decision.
“I thought it was good, so I would have been like stunned if it wasn’t,” said coach Tom Crean who waited next to officials for the final word.
The Hoosiers (9-0) had a 30-29 advantage at halftime. As the game clock wound down, Marquis Teague scored a layup with 48 seconds left that gave Kentucky a 71-70 lead.
‘It Felt Great’
Doron Lamb, fouled with 5.6 seconds left, missed the first free throw and made the second to increase the Wildcats’ (8-1) lead to 72-70.
Watford then hit his 3-pointer, the final of his game-high points.
“It felt great,” Watford said. “You can’t really tell if it’s going in. But I got it off, it felt great, it looked like I got enough rotation on it and it went in.”
Victor Oladipo had 13 points for the Hoosiers, who had five players scoring at least 10 points.
Lamb led the Wildcats with 19 points, while Michael Kidd-Gilchrist added 18 and Teague had 15.
Kansas, which took a 35-29 lead at halftime, hit nine of 17 3-point attempts while the Buckeyes were successful on five of 17.
Elijah Johnson added 15 for the Jayhawks (7-2). William Buford scored 21 and Deshaun Thomas had 19 for the Buckeyes (8-1).