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Third-ranked Indiana knocks off No. 1 Michigan

11:21 PM, Feb 2, 2013   |    comments
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Bloomington, IN (Sports Network) - For the second straight year, Indiana beat a top-ranked team.

Come Monday, the Hoosiers should again be ranked No. 1 in the country.

Cody Zeller scored 19 points and pulled down nine rebounds as third-ranked Indiana held off top-ranked Michigan, 81-73, to take over first place in the Big Ten.

Indiana's win, combined with No. 2 Kansas' shocking home loss to Oklahoma State earlier Saturday, should move the Hoosiers back to the No. 1 ranking, a place they were at the start of this season.

Victor Oladipo added 15 points, while Christian Watford contributed 14 points and 10 boards for the Hoosiers (20-2, 8-1 Big Ten), who have won five in a row since a home setback to Wisconsin on Jan. 15. Kevin Ferrell also had 14 points and Jordan Hulls netted 11 in the win.

Trey Burke had 25 points and eight assists for the Wolverines (20-2, 7-2), who had just one lead in the game, at 3-2. Michigan, which had won its previous four games, also received 18 points from Tim Hardaway Jr.

On Dec. 10, 2011, the Hoosiers dethroned then-No. 1 Kentucky, 73-72, at Assembly Hall thanks to Watford's 3-pointer as time expired. It's been a long road back to a possible top ranking for the Hoosiers, who were shocked, 88-86, by Butler in overtime on Dec. 15.

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