College Basketball 2017, Week Nine!

Now that the college football season is nearly over (the final game [championship game] is next Monday — Alabama versus Clemson), it is time to divert our attention to college basketball . . . where we will pick up the action in week nine.  There are currently only three (3) undefeated teams remaining among the top-25 at this early juncture in the season: Villanova (#1), Baylor (#4), and  Gonzaga (#7).  The Spartan’s non-conference schedule was positively brutal (4 top-25 teams, we lost all four) and the numerous injuries certainly hasn’t helped them much either.  But the conference schedule got underway this week on the road against Minnesota and at home against Northwestern. The Spartans were able to eke out a come-from-behind win (by one (1) point) in overtime against Minnesota followed up with a victory in their home opener against Northwestern later in the week. The Big Ten only has three (3)  teams currently in the AP top-25: Wisconsin (#14), Purdue (#15), and Indiana (#16) — it could be a down year for the Big Ten.

Next up for the Spartans: a couple of home games, Rutgers (Wednesday) and Penn State (Saturday).    Go Green!

The upsets this week included:
UCLA (#2) losing to Oregon (#21) by two (2) points.
Duke (#5) losing to unranked Virginia Tech.
Louisville (#6) losing to Virginia (#12).
North Carolina (#9) losing to unranked Georgia Tech.
Virginia (#12) losing to Florida (#20) by two (2) points.
Butler (#13) losing to unranked St. Johns by three (3) points.
Purdue (#15) losing to unranked Minnesota in overtime.
Indiana (#16) losing to unranked Nebraska by four (4) points.

The close calls this week (won by six points or less [two scores] or in overtime) included:
Villanova (#1) defeating unranked DePaul by three (3) points.
Kansas (#3) defeating unranked TCU by six (6) points.
Xavier (#17) defeating unranked Georgetown by five (5) points.
Arizona (#18) defeating unranked California by five (5) points.
Cincinnati (#23) defeating unranked Temple by six (6) points.
Notre Dame (#24) defeating unranked Pittsburgh by one (1) point.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
Villanova (#1) defeating Creighton (#10).
Louisville (#6) defeating Indiana (#16).
Oregon (#21) defeating USC (#22).

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