What a happy week for Spartan fans. The Spartans had a couple of home games this week and they found a way to win both of them! They won easily on Thursday against the Cornhuskers of Nebraska, and had a positively awesome game against the #16 Badgers of Wisconsin (yesterday afternoon). Woot! The Big Ten only has three (3) teams currently in the AP top-25 (but this could change later today since all three had losses this week): Purdue (#14), Wisconsin (#16), and Maryland (#24). Following the Gonzaga (#1) loss over the weekend, who will be the new #1? Villanova (who also lost)? Kansas? Can you tell it is almost March? Let the madness begin!
Next up for the Spartans: finishing out the regular season with a couple of road games: at Illinois (Wednesday) and at Maryland (Sunday). Go Green!
The upsets this week included:
Gonzaga (#1) losing to unranked BYU.
Villanova (#2) losing to Butler (#22).
Arizona (#4) losing to UCLA (#5) by five (5) points.
Louisville (#7) losing to North Carolina.
Baylor (#9) losing to unranked Iowa State by three (3) points.
Duke (#10) losing to unranked Syracuse by three (3) points.
Duke (#10) losing to unranked Miami by five (5) points.
Purdue (#14) losing to unranked Michigan.
Cincinnati (#15) losing to unranked UCF by four (4) points.
Wisconsin (#16) losing to unranked Ohio State.
Virginia (#18) losing to unranked Miami by six (6) points in overtime.
Creighton (#23) losing to unranked Providence by two (2) points.
Maryland (#24) losing to unranked Minnesota.
Maryland (#24) losing to unranked Iowa.
The close calls this week (won by six points or less [two scores] or in overtime) included:
Oregon (#6) defeating unranked Cal by three (3) points.
Oregon (#6) defeating unranked Stanford by two (2) points.
Baylor (#9) defeating unranked Oklahoma by six (6) points.
West Virginia (#12) defeating unranked TCU by one (1) point.
Purdue (#14) defeating unranked Penn State by four (4) points in overtime.
Florida State (#19) defeating unranked Clemson by two (2) points.
Notre Dame (#21) defeating unranked Georgia Tech by four (4) points.
Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
Villinova (#2) defeating Creighton (#23).
Kwntucky (#11) defeating Florida (#13).