College Basketball 2013, Week Seventeen!

127Well, the Spartans had a very bad week and lost twice (their first back-to-back losses this season): they came up a little short against Indiana at home this week (losing by four) and then lost on the road to Ohio State. They are now in second place in the Big Ten behind the Hoosiers.   Regardless, the Big Ten conference continues to have five teams in the top-25 (Indiana [#1], Michigan State [#4], Michigan [#7], Ohio State [#18], and Wisconsin [#19]), at least for now.     Next up for the Spartans: a road trip to Michigan (#7). Then next week we finish out the season with a couple of home games: against Wisconsin (#19) and Northwestern.  Then we’ll have to endure the grueling Big Ten Championship Tournament, then . . . on to the Big Dance!  Go Green!

The upsets among the top-25 this week included:
Miami (#2) losing to unranked Wake Forest.
MIchigan State (#4) losing to Ohio State (#18).
Florida (#5) losing to unranked Missouri by only three points.
Syracuse (#8) losing to Georgetown (#11).
Butler (#15) losing to unranked Saint Louis by only four points.
Marquette (#17) losing to unranked Villinova by only four points.
Pittsburgh (#20) losing to Notre Dame (#25).
Colorado State (#22) losing to unranked UNLV by only two points.
Oregon (#23) losing to unranked California by only two points.
VCU (#24) losing to unranked Saint Louis.

The close calls (wins by six points or less [two scores]) among the top-25 this week included:
Indiana (#1) defeating Michigan State (#4) by only four points.
Miami (#2) defeating unranked Virginia by only four points.
Kansas (#9) defeating Oklahoma State (#14) by only one point in double overtime.
VCU (#24) defeating unranked Xavier by only four points.

The losses to higher-ranked teams among the top-25 this week included:
Michigan State (#4) losing to Indiana (#1) by only four points.
Oklahoma State (#14) losing to Kansas (#9) by only one point in double overtime.
Colorado State (#22) losing to New Mexico (#16).

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