College Basketball 2016, Week Four!

127Following their signature win against the Jayhawks of Kansas last week, the Spartans climbed to #3 in the polls.  This week the Spartans started with a win over the Eagles of Eastern Michigan on Monday before they headed off to the West Coast for the DirectTV Wooden Legacy Tournament where they won against Boston College on Thursday, Boise State on Friday, and advanced to the final on Sunday to face Providence.  The Spartans were a bit sluggish, but managed to pull out the win against a tough Providence team to improve to 7-0.  The Big Ten currently has four (4) teams in the AP top-25: Maryland (#2), Michigan State (#3), Indiana (#13), and Purdue (#16).  There were a slew of upsets this week including four ranked teams that lost twice (Indiana [#13], Notre Dame [#17], Connecticut [#18], and LSU [#22]) and one ranked team that lost three times: Wichita State [#20].  Additionally, there was one unranked team that defeated two ranked teams: Syracuse

Next up for the Spartans this week: the Louisville Cardinals (the Big Ten/ACC Challenge on Wednesday) and Binghamton Bearcats (Saturday).  Go Green!

The upsets this week included:
Gonzaga (#10) losing to Texas A&M (#25) by one (1) point.
Arizona (#11) losing to unranked Providence by four (4) points.
Indiana (#13) losing to unranked Wake Forest by four (4) points and losing to unranked UNLV by three (3) points.
California (#14) losing to unranked Richmond by four (4 points).
Miami (#15) losing to unranked Northeastern by one (1) point.
Notre Dame (#17) losing to unranked Monmouth by two (2) points and losing to unranked Alabama by one (1) point.
Connecticut (#18) losing to unranked Syracuse by three (3) points.
Wichita State (#20) losing to unranked USC by three (3) points and losing to unranked Alabama by four (4) points and losing to unranked Iowa .
LSU (#22) losing to unranked Marquette by only one (1) point and losing to unranked NC State in overtime.
Texas A&M (#25) losing to unranked Syracuse.

The close calls this week (won by six points or less [two scores] or in overtime) included:
Gonzaga (#10) defeating Connecticut (#18) by only three (3) points.
Oregon (#15) defeating unranked Fresno State by five (5) points.
Notre Dame (#17) defeating unranked Iowa by six (6) points.
Cincinnati (#24) defeating unranked Nebraska by four (4) points and defeated unranked George Washington by five (5) points.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
Gonzaga (#10) defeating Connecticut (#18) by only three (3) points.

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