November Madness? It doesn't have the same ring to it, but it certainly feels like it with the number of top teams who have taken a loss in the first week and a half into the season. So far we have seen 9 ranked teams lose, 6 of which came against unranked opponents. Many of these losses even came with the ranked team falling on their home court. Let's take a look at some of the biggest upsets so far.
#10 Illinois loses on the road to unranked Marquette, 67-66
This is probably the least bad loss on this list due to Illinois missing their All-American center to an objectively stupid suspension, it being their first true road game with fans in about a year and a half, and the loss only being by 1 point. But regardless, a loss is a loss, especially when it comes via Andre Curbelo, who was expected to be their best player, playing the worst game of his career. The sophomore guard shot 4 of 18 from the field, committed 7 turnovers, and was the main reason why Illinois' offense fell apart down the stretch to an opponent they were projected to beat by 8 points.
#4 Michigan loses at home to unranked Seton Hall, 67-65
The score and level of opponent is comparable to the loss Illinois suffered. However, Michigan played at home, they were at full strength, and there wasn't really a collapse down the stretch; they just got out played throughout the entire game. This loss is definitely worse than Illinois' loss, but don't worry Wolverine fans, definitely not the worst on this list.
#12 Oregon loses at home to unranked BYU, 81-49
For complete disclosure, the loss in itself was not so much of an upset because BYU absolutely should have been ranked and are a much better team than they were given credit for. The spread was also only -4.5 for Oregon, so they were not heavily favored to win by any measure. But being a top 12 team and losing by 32 points at home under any circumstances is embarrassing and certainly upsetting.
#20 Maryland loses at home to unranked George Mason, 71-66
I promise that when I started to write this article, I did not intend it to be a BIG 10 hit piece, but here we are. Maryland was 10 point favorites and playing at home and still dropped a multiple possession loss to a team who was not projected to finish in the top half of the Atlantic-10 conference. In a year where things are slowly returning to normalcy in the world of college basketball, the madness is as present as ever.