The college Basketball season isn't even two weeks old yet and we've already had an upset of epic proportions. On Tuesday night, the Fort Wayne Mastodons knocked off the #3-ranked Indiana Hoosiers, 71-68 in overtime. The game was part of the Indiana Classic.

The game

Indiana entered the game as a massive 13.5 point favorite over Fort Wayne, but struggled from the jump. After giving up an early three-pointer, Fort Wayne took the lead and never looked back for the rest of the half, taking a 38-36 lead into the locker room. This forced Indiana to play from behind for much of the second half as they struggled to stop any sort of dribble penetration.

Thomas Bryant made two free throws with 20 seconds remaining for the Hoosiers to send the game into overtime, but they were completely overmatched by the Mastodons' defense in the frame, held to just three points in overtime.

The Hoosiers had the edge or were close to Fort Wayne in nearly every statistical category in the game except for two, related fields: steals and turnovers. The Mastodons managed to swipe the ball seven more times than Indiana did, and as a result, recorded seven less turnovers. One of the key plays of the game was a James Blackmon turnover for Indiana in overtime when the team had an opportunity to take the lead.


For Fort Wayne (formerly known as IPFW), this upset can spurn big things for the Summit Conference team.

They previously played Arkansas close to start their season and the Mastodons now have a legitimate stake to make their first ever Division I NCAA Tournament run in college basketball; they won the conference's regular season title last year but failed to win the conference title, so they went to the NIT.

For Indiana, a lot of questions must now be asked of the Hoosiers, who upset the Kansas Jayhawks earlier in the season. Tom Crean's squad has a wealth of athletic talent, but their defensive inefficiencies were exposed in this loss. Expect the team to drop out of college basketball's top ten rankings next week, and perhaps for the foreseeable future.

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