College Basketball 2016, Week Seventeen!

127The Spartans got a huge win on the road this week at Ohio State to land their share of fourth place (at the time) in the Big Ten Conference (tied with Wisconsin).  And, following their blow0ut win against Penn State on Sunday, coupled with some other games in the Big Ten, the Spartan have moved into second place (along with Maryland, Iowa, and Wisconsin) who are all now two games behind Indiana.  Brace yourselves, March has arrived and the Madness with it.   And following the last week’s action, quite a bit of shake-up among the top-25.  The Big Ten still has five (5)  teams in the AP top-25: Michigan State has climbed up to #2 (behind Kansas whom they defeated earlier in the season), followed by Indiana (#12), Maryland (#14), Purdue (#15) and Iowa (#16).

Next up for the Spartans: on the road against the Scarlet Knights of Rutgers (Wednesday) then finishing out the Big Ten regular season at home against the Buckeyes of Ohio State (Saturday).  Go Green!

The upsets this week included:
Villanova (#1) losing to Xavier (#5).
Oklahoma (#3) losing to Texas (#25).
Xavier (#5) losing to unranked Seton Hall.
Iowa (#8) losing to unranked Wisconsin.
Iowa (#8) losing to unranked Ohio State by four (4) points.
Arizona (#9) losing to Utah (#22) by six (6) points.
Arizona (#9) losing to unranked Colorado by three (3) points.
Maryland (#10) losing to Purdue (#20) by four (4) points.
Louisville (#11) losing to Miami (#12).
Duke (#15) losing to unranked Pittsburgh.
Kentucky (#16) losing to unranked Vanderbilt.
Notre Dame (#23) losing to unranked Florida State.

The close calls this week (won by six points or less [two scores] or in overtime) included:
North Carolina (#8) defeating unranked Syracuse by five (5) points.
Texas A&M (#15) defeating unranked Mississippi State by two (2) points.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
Kansas (#1) defeating Texas (#23).
Kansas (#2) defeating Baylor (#19) by six (6) points.
Virginia (#3) defeating North Carolina (#7) by five (5) points.

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