Archive for December 4th, 2017

College Basketball 2018, Week Four!

December 4, 2017

Following their big three-win week over last weekend (and PK80 Invitational Tournament Championship of the Victory Division), the Spartans moved up to #3 in the latest AP top-25 poll.  But, Purdue was dropped from the list which left the Big Ten conference with only two teams in the AP top-25: Michigan State [#3], and Minnesota [#12].  This week, the Spartans had to face yet another ranked ACC team in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge (their third ACC team of the season having already lost to Duke [#1] in the second game of the season while defeating North Carolina [#9] a week ago Sunday). Thursday night they hosted the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame [#5] and dominated early and hung on for the victory down the stretched in a game that the Spartans led from wire to wire.  Yesterday, the Spartans began Big Ten play (slightly earlier than usual to accommodate the year-end Big Ten tournament at Madison Square Garden) and faced the Cornhuskers of Nebraska.  The Spartans were victorious and again never trailed as they cruised to the easy win at home!

Next up for the Spartans: on the road to take on Rutgers on Tuesday (December 5th) and then at home versus Southern Utah on Saturday (December 9th).

The upsets this week included:
Cincinnati (#11) losing to Xavier (#21).
USC (#14) losing to unranked SMU.
Baylor (#16) losing to Xavier (#21).
Louisville (#17) losing to unranked Purdue and then losing to unranked Seton Hall by two (2) points.
Texas Tech (#22) losing to unranked Seton Hall.
Alabama (#24) losing to unranke UCF by three (3) points.

The close calls this week (won by six points or less [two scores] or in overtime) included:
Miami (#12) defeating Minnesota (#12) by five (5) points.
Alabama (#24) defeating unranked Louisiana Tech by three (3) points.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
Michigan State (#3) defeating Notre Dame (#5).
Wichita State (#8) defeating Baylor (#16).
Miami (#12) defeating Minnesota (#12) by five (5) points.
Gonzaga (#15) defeating Creighton (#25).