Michigan State faced an early test this week against Kansas (#4) at the State Farm Champions Classic in Chicago. The Spartans did not look sharp (numerous turnovers and fouls) and trailed most of the game. But they were able to come from behind to win. The Spartans also had no trouble at all in their win over Arkansas Pine Bluff later in the week. The Big Ten currently has five (5) teams in the AP top-25: Maryland (#3), Michigan State (#13), Indiana (#14), Purdue (#21), and Michigan (#24). And even though the season has barely gotten underway, we have already experienced a slew of upsets, so these rankings are quite apt to change. Ah, the parity in college basketball continues to confound.
Next up for the Spartans: the Eagles of Eastern Michigan University (tonight) and the Eagles of Boston College (Thursday). Go Green!
The upsets this week included:
North Carolina (#1) losing to unranked Northern Iowa by four (4) points.
Kansas (#4) losing to Michigan State (#13) by six (6) points.
Virginia (#6) losing to unranked George Washington by five (5) points.
Wichita State (#9) losing to unranked Tulsa.
Utah (#16) losing to unranked Miami.
Baylor (#20) losing to Oregon (#25).
Butler (#22) losing to unranked Miami.
Michigan (#24) losing to unranked Xavier.
The close calls this week (won by six points or less [two scores] or in overtime) included:
Maryland (#3) defeating unranked Georgetown by only four (4) points.
Duke (#5) defeating unranked Georgetown by only two (2) points.
Oklahoma (#8) defeating unranked Memphis by six (6) points.
Utah (#16) defeating unranked San Diego State by five (5) points.
Utah (#16) defeating unranked Temple by six (6) points.
Vanderbilt (#17) defeating unranked Stony Brook in overtime.
Oregon (#25) defeating unranked Valparaiso by six (6) points.
Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
Kentucky (#2) defeating Duke (#5).