The change at the top of the poll came as no surprise in Bloomington.
Even before Saturday’s game ended, fans were chanting “No. 1, No. 1.”
“We’ve been playing with a chip on our shoulder since the day I got here,” junior swingman Victor Oladipo said Saturday. “We’ve got to continue to play with that chip because it can be taken away at any time.”
Indiana found that out the hard way with an overtime loss to then-unranked Butler on Dec. 15.
For the next seven weeks, the Hoosiers were trying to get back to No. 1.
The only stumble was a home loss to Wisconsin. But last week, they played their best basketball all season, leading almost from start to finish in all three games and handing Purdue its worst home loss ever.
For Crean, that was just the start of the whirlwind weekend.
He flew on a private plane Sunday morning to New Orleans, where he watched the Super Bowl with his wife, Joani, the sister of John and Jim Harbaugh.
“It’s really hard certainly for Joani and her parents because you’ve got such great joy for one and such pride,” Crean said.