Michigan State had no trouble with Maryland – Eastern Shore on Wednesday, but found themselves tested the entire game by a pesky Florida defense that just wouldn’t go away. The Spartans hung on to improve to 11-0 (their 2nd best start in Spartan history). The Spartans don’t play again until next Saturday and will go on the road to face a Northeastern team that defeated a top-25 Miami team earlier this year.
There are only six (6) team in the top-25 that are still unbeaten (Michigan State, Iowa State, Oklahoma, Purdue, Xavier, and SMU). The Big Ten currently has three (3) teams in the AP top-25 (all three are in the top-10, woohoo!): Michigan State (#1), Maryland (#6), and Purdue (#9); and the Big Twelve also has three (3), but they are all in the top-five: Kansas (2), Oklahoma (3), and Iowa State (#5). Is it March yet?
Next up for the Spartans: the Huskies of Northeastern University (Saturday). Go Green!
The upsets this week included:
North Carolina (#3) losing to unranked Texas by two (2) points.
Gonzaga (#20) losing to unranked UCLA by five (5) points.
Vanderbilt (#21) losing to unranked Dayton by five (5) points.
Oregon (#24) losing to unranked Boise State by two (2) points.
Utah (#25) losing to unranked Wichita State.
The close calls this week (won by six points or less [two scores] or in overtime) included:
Michigan State (#1) defeating unranked Florida by six (6) points.
Iowa State (#4) defeating unranked Iowa by only one (1) point.
Gonzaga (#20) defeating unranked Montana by only three (3) points.
Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
Virginia (#10) defeating West Virginia (#14).
Xavier (#12) defeating Cincinnati (#23).