Oklahoma was announced as the nation’s new No. 1 team Monday afternoon at 1:31 ET.
The top-ranked Sooners lost roughly nine hours later.
So, barring a surprise, college basketball will have another new No. 1 next week — either North Carolina or Kansas. Or maybe even Villanova. And that is this season in a nutshell.
The best teams are vulnerable.
All of them.
They can beat anybody and lose whenever.
“Oh baby … what a game!” Brent Musburger, the iconic ESPN play-by-play announcer, yelled in the final minutes of Monday night’s back-and-forth affair between Oklahoma and Iowa State.
And, by now, you know how things ended.
Final score: No. 19 Iowa State 82, No. 1 Oklahoma 77.
Are Big Mondays exhausting or what?
“This was huge for us,” said Iowa State’s George Niang, who finished with 22 points. “A lot of people doubted us here and there. We just wanted to show people we’re real.”
Consider it shown.
And it really was a huge moment for first-year ISU coach Steve Prohm, who is replacing a legend, Fred Hoiberg, at Iowa State. Six days ago, Prohm was 1-3 in the Big 12 and facing all sorts of questions from his fans. Now he’s 3-3 in the league and coming off of a win over the nation’s top-ranked team, meaning folks are mostly cool, suddenly.
This was Iowa State’s first win over a team ranked No. 1 since the Cyclones beat Kansas in 1957, back when Wilt Chamberlain was starring for the top-ranked Jayhawks.
Player of the Year candidate Buddy Hield finished with 27 points for the losers.
But they were still the losers.
So Kansas, West Virginia and Baylor are now tied for first in the Big 12 standings.
And Iowa State hosts Kansas next Monday.