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College Basketball 2018, Week Five!

December 11, 2017

The Big Ten got a small taste of conference play this last week and Spartans took care of business by defeating both Nebraska and Rutgers before returning to a non-conference schedule for the remainder of the month.  The Spartans finished the week against Southern Utah on Saturday and again won easily.  The Big Ten conference currently has three teams in the AP top-25: Michigan State [#3], Minnesota [#14], and Purdue [#21].  There were a lot of upsets this week among the top-25 and by week’s end and at this early juncture only four teams in the current top-25 remain undefeated (Villanova, Miami, Arizona State, and TCU).

Next up for the Spartans: at home versus Oakland on Saturday (December 16th).

The upsets this week included:
Duke (#1) losing to unranked Boston College by five (5) points.
Kansas (#2) losing to unranked Washington and losing to Arizona State (#16).
Florida (#5) losing to unranked Florida State and losing to unranked Loyola-Chicago by six (6) points.
Texas A&M (#7) losing to unranked Arizona by three (3) points.
Notre Dame (#9) losing to Ball State by three (3) points.
Minnesota (#14) losing to unranked Nebraska and losing to unranked Arkansas.
Virginia (#15) losing to West Virginia (#18).
Nevada (#22) losing to unranked Texas Tech by six (6) points.
USC (#25) losing to unranked Oklahoma by two (2) points.

The close calls this week (won by six points or less [two scores] or in overtime) included:
None.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
Villanova (#4) defeating Gonzaga (#12).
Florida (#5) defeating Cincinnati (#17) by six (6) points.
TCU (#20) defeating Nevada (#22) by four (4) points.

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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).

Affirmation!

November 30, 2017

Affirmation_largeHere is another wonderful demoti-vator (courtesy of www-dot-despair-dot-com).This seems to be especially relevant in today’s world of the participation trophy generation.  And, to add credence to this phenomenon, Georgetown University celebrated “Millenial Day” back in September.  The director of marketing at Georgetown, Chris Grosse, stated: “We decided we could come up with something that would be clever and funny, kind of honoring millennials, but also poking fun at some of the stereotypes that I think are incorrect.” The headline for an article written about this event read: “Participation trophies abound as Georgetown celebrates ‘Millennial Day’.” Ha!  Too funny!  I must give credit where credit is due . . .  a very catchy idea.

College Basketball 2018, Week Three!

November 27, 2017

Well, it was a busy week of college basketball with a host of holiday tournaments underway (Feast Week).  And a lot of ranked teams found themselves on the losing end of the scores . . . it is going to be an awesome season as we travel the road to the Final Four and March Madness.  The Spartans traveled to Portland to participate in the PK80 Invitational Tournament and amassed three victories in four days (over DePaul [NR], UConn [NR], and North Carolina [#9]) to be crowned the Champions of the Victory Division.  The Big Ten conference only has three teams in the AP top-25: Michigan State [#4], Minnesota [#14], Purdue [#18].

Next up for the Spartans: at home versus the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame (#14) on Thursday (November 30th) and at home versus Nebraska on Sunday (December 3rd)

The upsets this week included:
Arizona (#2) losing to unranked NC State by six (6) points, losing to SMU by six (6) points, and losing to Purdue (#18).
Wichita State (#6) losing to Notre Dame (#13) by one (1) point.
Xavier (#15) losing to unranked Arizona State.
Purdue (#18) losing to unranked Tennessee by three (3) points and losing to Western Kentucky by four (4) points before defeating Arizona (#2).
USC (#10) losing to Texas A&M (#16).
Seton Hall (#20) losing to unranked Rhode Island by one (1) point.
St. Mary’s (#21) losing to unranked Washington State by five (5) points and losing to unranked Georgia by two (2) points in overtime.

The close calls this week (won by six points or less [two scores] or in overtime) included:
Duke (#1) defeating unranked Texas in overtime and defeating Florida (#7) by three (3) points.
Florida (#7) defeating Gonzaga (#17) by six (6) points in double overtime.
Minnesota (#14) defeating Alabama (#25) by five (5) points.
Gonzaga (#17) defeating unranked Texas by five (5) points in overtime.
Baylor (#22) defeating unranked Creighton by six (6) points.
UCLA (#23) defeating unranked Wisconsin by two (2) points.
West Virginia (#23) defeating unranked Missouri by four (4) points.
Alabama (#25) defeating unranked UT Arlington by one (1) point.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
Duke (#1) defeating Florida (#7) by three (3) points.
Michigan State (#4) defeating North Carolina (#9).
Florida (#7) defeating Gonzaga (#17) by six (6) points in double overtime.
Minnesota (#14) defeating Alabama (#25) by five (5) points.

College Basketball 2018, Week Two!

November 21, 2017

The Big Ten conference has three teams in the AP top-25: Michigan State [#4], Minnesota [#14], and Purdue [#18].  The Spartans faced the #1 Duke Blue Devils last Tuesday and came up a little short to suffer their first loss of the season, alas.  They played again Sunday and came away with the victory against the Stony Brook Seawolves.  Come March, I’m confident that the Spartans will be ready for a deep run into the tournament.  Go Green!

Next up for the Spartans: at the PK80 tournament in Portland versus Depaul on Thursday (23rd).

The upsets this week included:
Northwestern (#20) losing to unranked Creighton by four (4) points and losing to unranked Texas Tech (by more than 30 points!).
UCLA (#23) losing to unranked Creighton.

The close calls this week (won by six points or less [two scores] or in overtime) included:
USC (#10) defeating unranked Vanderbilt by four (4) points.
Baylor (#22) defeating unranked Wisconsin by five (5) points.
UCLA (#23) defeating unranked Central Arkansas by five (5) points in overtime.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
Duke (#1) defeating Michigan State (#2).
Kansas (#4) defeating Kentucky (#7) by four (4) points.

College Basketball 2018, Week One!

November 13, 2017

Yes, the college basketball season has official started, and the Spartans of Michigan State (ranked #2 in the pre-season poll) had no trouble at all handling the University of North Florida on Friday.  Returning sophomore, Miles Bridges, is already garnering attention as a pre-season all-American as well as the ESPN pre-season Player of the Year!   The Big Ten conference has four teams in the AP pre-season top-25: Michigan State [#2], Minnesota [#15], Northwestern [#19], and Purdue [#20].  The first weekend of play has already resulted in an upset and a couple of “close calls” for ranked teams.  Hang on for what could be an exciting season of college basketball.

Next up for the Spartans: the Duke Blue Devils (#1) tomorrow (Tuesday) in the State Farm Champions Classic, and the Stony Brook Seawolves on Sunday.

The upsets this week included:
West Virginia (#11) losing to Texas A&M (#25).

The close calls this week (won by six points or less [two scores] or in overtime) included:
Kentucky (#5) defeating unranked Vermont by four (4) points.
Northwestern (#19) defeating unranked Loyola (MD) by four (4) points.
UCLA (#21) defeating unranked Georgia Tech by three (3) points.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
None.

A Champion is Crowned!

April 4, 2017

March Madness 2017 is officially over.  Congratulations to the North Carolina Tarheels for defeating the Gonzaga Bulldogs in the championship game last night.  And for the remaining college basketball fans . . . the start of the 2018 season is just a little more than seven months away.

And Then There Were Two . . . !

April 2, 2017

March Madness is winding down and following today’s games, the field has been reduced to the two teams who will be playing for the championship on Monday evening!  Both of the remaining #1 seeds, Gonzaga (defeated #7 South Carolina) and North Carolina (defeating #3 Oregon), have advanced and will meet in the championship.  What a great season it has been.  Good luck to both teams tomorrow night and may the best team win!

March Madness 2017, Final Four!

March 27, 2017

The second weekend of the NCAA Tournament has come to a close and we have reached the pinnacle of the tournament — the Final Four teams!  And as usual, probably not the four teams that the majority of fans would have picked.  Only two of the #1 seeds survived along with a number three seed and a number seven seed.  Cinderella is alive and well.  What another exciting tournament for college basketball fans.

The upsets in the tournament during the second round this second weekend included:
Kansas (#1) losing to Oregon (#3).
Florida (#4) losing to South Carolina (#7)

The Final Four teams remaining (by regional):

East Regional
South Carolina (#7)

Midwest Regional
Oregon (#3)

South Regional
North Carolina (#1)

West Regional
Gonzaga (#1)

March Madness 2017, Elite Eight!

March 25, 2017

Happy Saturday!  As we reach the second weekend of the NCAA Tournament, the field has been halved yet again to the Elite Eight with the Final Four yet to be determined by the end of the weekend.  Three (3) number one seed still remain (Kansas, North Carolina, and Gonzaga), but a couple of Cinderellas are still hanging around (South Carolina [#7 seed] and Xavier [#11 seed]) so it will be fun to see how the games go today and Sunday.

The upsets in the tournament during the first round of the second weekend included:
Baylor (#3) losing to South Carolina (#7).
Arizona (#2) losing to Xavier (#11).

The teams remaining (by regional):

East Regional
Florida (#4)
South Carolina (#7)

Midwest Regional
Kansas (#1)
Oregon (#3)

South Regional (top four seeds advanced)
North Carolina (#1)
Kentucky (#2)

West Regional
Gonzaga (#1)
Xavier (#11)