If you asked Ray Meyer, it was bound to happen.
"It's only a ball game. It's not a war, nobody died from it," Meyer said after his top-ranked De Paul team had been stunned, 63-62, by Old Dominion Saturday night. "Maybe it's good for us to lose, good for the people of Chicago to see us lose."
The people of Chicago had not seen the Blue Demons lose in 13 games this season and they hadn't seen them lose a home game in three seasons, covering 43 games. But Saturday, Old Dominion (8-4), a loser to American on its home court a week ago, wouldn't quit. The result was the upset of the season.
"A great win for us, obviously," said Old Dominion Coach Paul Webb. "But any team that beats De Paul at this point is going to call it a great win."
Ronnie McAdoo and Billy Mann were the keys in the upset for the Monarchs. McAdoo scored a game-high 21 points while holding De Paul all-America Mark Aguiree to 15. Mann scored the last four points of the game in the final 23 seconds as ODU overcame a five-point deficit in the last minute.
The Demons led almost the entire game and were still up, 62-57, when Aguirre made two free throws with 1:08 left. Grant Robinson scored on a jumper with 25 seconds left to cut the led to 62-59.
Then, the normally imperturbable Clyde Bradshaw threw away the ball against the Old Dominion press and with 10 seconds left, Mann hit a jump shot to cut the lead to one.
Center Terry Cummings tried to inbound for De Paul under the basket and threw the ball right into the hands of Mann, who hit a reverse layup with seven seconds left for the final points of the stunning upset.
"These guys think they're like a faucet," said Joey Meyer, Ray Meyer's son and No. 1 assist. "They think they can turn themselves on and off at will. That just isn't so."
De Paul's loss probably means that Virginia will come into Cole Field House Wednesday to face Maryland as the No. 2-ranked team in the country. The third-ranked Cavaliers (11-0) survived their first real test of the season Saturday against North Carolina and should be right behind Oregon State, which should become No. 1 for the first time in history in this week's polls.
There will also be shakeups slightly lower in the top 10. Fifth-ranked Notre Dame (8-2) will dip since Marquette freshman Glenn Rivers, the guard everyone recruited a year ago, stunned the Irish with a 30-foot bank shot at the buzzer to give the Warriors (9-3) a 54-52 victory. The Irish lost the game after Coach Digger Phelps held the ball three minutes for the final shot only to lose the ball out of bounds with one second left, setting up Rivers' shot. Also dropping will be seventh-ranked UCLA, upset, 68-66, by crosstown rival Southern California. s
Those losses mean that Wake Forest (12-0) will likely move into the top five for the first time since 1977. The Deacons pulled out a tough 73-71 victory over a good Clemson team (13-2) Saturday night.
The only other top 20 teams to lose were No. 19 Minnesota, 68-67, in double overtime to 10th-ranked Michigan; and No. 16 Illinois, 78-61, to an improving Indiana team.