College Basketball 2016, Week Sixteen!

127The Spartans avenged their one-point loss to Wisconsin from earlier this season by starting hot and never letting up.  The win vaulted the Spartans from eighth in the Big Ten to tied for fifth (with Wisconsin) and just two-and-a-half games behind the league leader (Indiana) with four games remaining. The Spartans also moved up in the rankings and are now the highest ranking Big Ten team at #6 (B1G has three teams in the top-10).  The Big Ten currently has five (5)  teams in the AP top-25: Michigan State (#6), Iowa (#8), Maryland (#10),  Indiana (#18), and Purdue (#20).

Next up for the Spartans: on the road at Ohio State (tonight) then at home against Penn State (Sunday).  Go Green!

The upsets this week included:
Oklahoma (#3) losing to unranked Texas Tech by two (2) points.
Virginia (#3) losing to Miami (#12) by three (3) points.
Iowa (#4) losing to unranked Penn State by four (4) points.
North Carolina (#5) losing to Duke (#20) by one (1) point.
Maryland (#6) losing to unranked Minnesota by five (5) points.
West Virginia (#10) losing to Texas (#24).
Iowa State (#13) losing to Baylor (#25) in overtime.
Kentucky (#14) losing to unranked Texas A&M by two (2) points in overtime.
Dayton (#15) losing to unranked St. Joseph’s.
Dayton (#15) losing to  unranked St. Bonaventure.
Purdue (#17) losing to Indiana (#22) by four (4) points.
Notre Dame (#19) losing to unranked Georgia Tech by one (1) point.
SMU (#21) losing to unranked Connecticut by six (6) points.
Texas (#24) losing to Baylor (#25).

The close calls this week (won by six points or less [two scores] or in overtime) included:
Maryland (#6) defeating unranked Michigan by four (4) points.
Texas (#25) defeating unranked Kansas State by one (1) point.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
Oklahoma (#3) defeating West Virginia (#10).
North Carolina (#5) defeating Miami (#11).
Xavier (#8) defeating Providence (#23).
West Virginia (#14) defeating Iowa State (#17).
Louisville (#18) defeating Duke (#20).

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