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College Basketball 2017, Week Nine!

January 2, 2017

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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The Wait is Over!

November 12, 2016

Even though the Michigan State Spartan football team has been having a bit of a down year (okay, more than a bit), yesterday marked the official start of the Men’s NCAA Basketball season and had the Spartans (#12) facing off against the Wildcats of the University of Arizona (#10).  Unf0rtunately, the Spartans fell to the Wildcats (by two points).  Alas.

The Spartans have a brutal non-conference schedule which includes possible games against other ranked opponents (Kentucky, Louisville, and Duke), and that’s just in November.

And, we have already had a couple of upsets in college basketball: UConn (#18) losing to unranked Wagner and Kansas (#3) losing to Indiana (#11).  The Madness has begun and it’s not even March yet!  It is going to be a great basketball season.

Go Green!

College Football 2016, Week One!

September 4, 2016

127The college football season got underway this weekend (the Spartans hosted the Furman Paladins on Friday night).  And, while the Michigan State Spartans lost some key personnel to graduation (notably QB Connor Cook, WR Aaron Burbridge, and WR McGarrett Kings on offense and C Jack Allen, OL Donovan Clark, DE Shalique Calhoun, CB Arjen Colquhoun, and Safety R.J. Williamson on defense), their defense should continue to be stout and we’ll have to wait and see how the offense shapes up (and how quickly).   The Spartan’s schedule for the upcoming season has been ranked as the 14th most difficult in the nation.   There are three top 10 teams on the Spartan schedule: Notre Dame, Michigan and Ohio State.  The Spartans opened the season ranked at #12 in the top-25.  The Spartans were able to come away with the victory (despite an inordinate number of penalties), but a few others in the top-25 weren’t so fortunate as the opening weekend had a few major upsets as well as a couple of close calls.

The Big Ten Conference has four teams in the AP top-25 (two in the top-10): Ohio State [#6],  Michigan [#7], Michigan State [#12], and Iowa [#17], .

Next up for the Spartans: a bye week (already?!) then on the road to South Bend to face the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame (#10).   Go Green!

The upsets this week included:
Oklahoma (#3) losing to Houston (#15).
LSU (#5) losing to unranked Wisconsin by two (2) points.
UCLA (#16) losing to unranked Texas A&M by seven (7) points in overtime.

The close calls this week (games that were won by a touchdown or less) included:
Clemson (#2) defeating unranked Auburn by six (6) points.
Tennessee (#9) defeating unranked Appalachian State by seven (7) points in overtime.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
Alabama (#1) defeating USC (#20).
Georgia (#18) defeating North Carolina (#22).

College Football 2015, Week Two!

September 13, 2015

127The second week of the season showcased the first premiere top-ten match-up of the season when the Oregon Ducks (#7) visited East Lansing to face the Spartans (#5).  The Spartans survived the high-powered offense of the Ducks to win by three points.   The current AP poll has two Big Ten teams listed in the top [twenty-] five: Ohio State (#1) and Michigan State (#5); next up for the Spartans: the Falcons of the Air Force Academy.  Go Green!

The upsets this week included:
Arkansas (#18) losing to unranked Toledo by four (4) points.
Boise State (#20) losing to unranked BYU.

The close calls this week (games that were won by a touchdown or less) included:
Michigan State (#5) defeating Oregon (#7) by only three (3) points.
Auburn (#6) defeating unranked Jacksonville State by seven (7) points in overtime.
Notre Dame (#9) defeating unranked Virginia by seven (7) points (in the closing seconds).
LSU (#14) defeating Mississippi State (#25) by only two (2) points.
Oklahoma (#18) defeating Tennessee (#23) by seven (7) points in double overtime.
Missouri (#21) defeating unranked Arkansas State by seven (7) points.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
Oregon (#7) losing to Michigan State (#5).
Tennessee (#23) losing to Oklahoma (#18) in double overtime.
Mississippi State (#25) losing to LSU (#14).

College Basketball 2015, Week Twenty!

March 25, 2015

127Oh, how sweet it is!  The first week of the NCAA Men’s College Basketball Tournament is in the books and the field of 68 has already been whittled down to the Sweet Sixteen!  And the Michigan State Spartans are among them.  They defeated the Georgia Bulldogs (#10 seed) on Friday and followed up with a victory over #2 seed Virginia on Sunday.  What an excellent weekend for the Spartans!  This week has the Spartans facing the Sooners of the University of Oklahoma for a chance to advance on to the Elite Eight!   Go Green!

Here are the survivors from last week’s match-ups:

Midwest
Kentucky (#1)
Notre Dame (#3)
West Virginia (#5)
Wichita State (#7)

East
Oklahoma (#3)
Louisville (#4)
Michigan State (#7)
NC State (#8)

South
Duke (#1)
Gonzaga (#2)
Utah (#5)
UCLA (#11)

West
Wisconsin (#1)
Arizona (#2)
North Carolina (#4)
Xavier (#6)

Go Green! Go White!

March 19, 2015

In the Winter 2015 Alumni Magazine, there was an article (by Tom Oswald) entitled “MSU in the top 100 Worldwide.”  According to U.S. News and World Report rankings of the top 500 universities in the world, MSU is among the top 100 universities in the world . . . granted we have a ways to go to catch up with the “top” schools (Harvard, MIT, Cal-Berkeley, Stanford, and Oxford [1 through 5 respectively]), but we made the list.  These ranking mark the first time that USN&WR used a global-scale for their ratings which included a new set of criteria with a heavy emphasis on the schools’ research prowess.  Did you know that MSU ranked . . .

  • 75th in the world?  (Tied with the Netherlands’ Leiden University.)
  • 12th in the world in the field of plant and animal science?
  • 21st in the world for the agricultural sciences?
  • 23rd in the world for economics and business?
  • 27th in the world for environment/ecology?
  • 36th in the world for physics?

And, for some more interesting facts and figures, let’s switch from academics for a moment and provide you with some “Sparty by the Numb3rs!”

  • Helmet size: 10XL
  • Number of fingers: 8
  • Shoe size: 22
  • Average number of annual appearance: 350 (wow, that’s one busy mascot)
  • Number of times he’s been named the National Mascot of the Year by the Universal Cheerleaders Association: 3

Hmm, March Madness is here!  Good luck Spartans, Go Green!

College Basketball 2015, Week Nineteen!

March 18, 2015

127Okay basketball fans . . . throw the polls out the window (although Michigan State did finally crack into the top-25 in the last, pre-tournament AP poll).  The brackets are set and it’s time to dance!  What an exciting Championship week, you can already tell it’s March.  Let the Madness begin.  The Michigan State Spartans started the Big Ten Tournament with an easy win over the Buckeyes of Ohio State in the quarterfinals followed by a victory over Maryland (#8) in the semi-finals.  The Spartans then met the Badgers of Wisconsin (#6) in the finals where they played them tough through regulation only to fall to the Badgers in overtime.   Regardless, the Spartans earned a #7 seed in the east bracket of the NCAA tournament and will start off by facing the Georgia Bulldogs on Friday.  Go Green!

The upsets among the top-25 this week included:
Duke (#2) losing to Notre Dame (#11).
Virginia (#3) losing to North Carolina (#19) by four (4) points.
Maryland (#8) losing to unranked Michigan State by four (4) points.
Kansas (#9) losing to Iowa State (#13) by four (4) points.
Louisville (#14) losing to North Carolina (#19).
Utah (#17) losing to unranked Oregon by three (3) points.
Butler (#22) losing to unranked Xavier by six (6) points in overtime.
Georgetown (#23) losing to unranked Xavier by two (2) points.
Davidson (#24) losing to unranked VCU.
Boise State (#25) losing to unranked Wyoming by five (5) points in overtime.

The close calls (wins by six points or less [two scores] or in overtime) among the top-25 this week included:
Villanova (#4) defeating unranked Providence by only two (2) points.
Arizona (#5) defeating unranked UCLA by six (6) points.
Wisconsin (#6) defeating unranked Michigan State in overtime.
Maryland (#8) defeating unranked Indiana by six (6) points.
Kansas (#9) defeating unranked TCU by five (5) points.
Iowa State (#13) defeating unranked Texas by only two (2) points.
SMU (#20) defeating unranked East Carolina by six (6) points.
Georgetown (#23) defeating unranked Creighton by only five (5) points.
Davidson (#24) defeating unranked LaSalle by only one (1) point.

The losses to higher-ranked teams among the top-25 this week included:
Oklahoma (#15) losing to Iowa State (#13) by two (2) points.
Baylor (#16) losing to Kansas (#9).
West Virginia (#18) losing to Baylor (#16).
North Carolina (#19) losing to Notre Dame (#11).

College Basketball 2015, Week Eighteen!

March 11, 2015

127The Michigan State Spartans bounced back this week with wins in a couple of hard fought and physical battles: at home against Purdue followed by a road victory against Indiana!  The Wildcats of Kentucky finished their conference regular season as the only undefeated men’s team Division 1 college basketball; the Big Ten Conference only has two teams ranked in the top-25: Wisconsin (#6) and Maryland (#8).  Next up for the Spartans this week: The Big Ten Tournament where the Spartans earned a double bye and don’t have to play until Friday night where they will face either Rutgers, Minnesota, or Ohio State.  Go Green!

The upsets among the top-25 this week included:
Virginia (#2) losing to Louisville (#16) by only two (2) points.
Wichita State (#8) losing to unranked Illinois State by only three (3) points.
Kansas (#9) losing to Oklahoma (#16) by only two (2) points.
Utah (#13) losing to unranked Washington.
Arkansas (#18) losing to unranked LSU by only three (3) points.
Murray State (#25) losing to unranked Belmont by only one (1) point.

The close calls (wins by six points or less [two scores] or in overtime) among the top-25 this week included:
Maryland (#10) defeating unranked Nebraska by only three (3) points.
Baylor (#14) defeating unranked Texas Tech by only three (3) points.
Arkansas (#18) defeating unranked South Carolina by only four (4) points.
SMU (#22) defeating unranked Tulsa by five (5) points.
Murray State (#25) defeating unranked Morehead State by only three (3) points.

The losses to higher-ranked teams among the top-25 this week included:
Louisville (#16) losing to Notre Dame (#12).
North Carolina (#19) losing to Duke (#3).
Ohio State (#23) losing to Wisconsin (#6).
Providence (#24) losing to Butler (#21) by four (4) points.

College Basketball 2015, Week Seventeen!

March 4, 2015

127The Michigan State Spartans had a truly awful week!  First they lost at home in overtime to the Gophers of Minnesota, then they had to travel to league-leading Wisconsin where they fell to the Badgers.  Then with a couple more challenging games to close out the Big Ten schedule, followed by the Big Ten tournament, we could have well over ten losses before the season is over (bummer).   A bit disappointing, but we’ve been plagued by consistency problems all season.  The Wildcats of Kentucky, on the other hand, have been the model of consistency and remain the lone undefeated team in the AP top twenty-five (25); the Big Ten Conference has two teams ranked in the top-25: Wisconsin (#6), Maryland (#10), and Ohio State (#23).  Next up for the Spartans this week: at home against Purdue (tonight) and then on the road to finish the season against Indiana (Saturday).  Go Green!

The upsets among the top-25 this week included:
Gonzaga (#3) losing to unranked BYU by three (3) points.
Northern Iowa (#10) losing to Wichita State (#11).
Iowa State (#12) losing to Baylor (#19).
Iowa State (#12) losing to unranked Kansas State by only one (1) point.
Baylor (#14) losing to unranked Texas by two (2) points in overtime.
Oklahoma (#15) losing to Iowa State (#17).
SMU (#21) losing to unranked Connecticut.
Butler (#21) losing to unranked Georgetown by six (6) points.
VCU (#22) losing to unranked Richmond by four (4) points in double overtime.
VCU (#22) losing to unranked Dayton by four (4) points.
San Diego State (#24) losing to unranked Boise State.

The close calls (wins by six points or less [two scores] or in overtime) among the top-25 this week included:
Duke (#4) defeating unranked Virginia Tech by five (5) points in overtime.
Villanova (#4) defeating unranked Creighton by only four (4) points.
Kansas (#8) defeating unranked Texas by five (5) points.
Kansas (#9 defeating West Virginia (#20) in overtime.

The losses to higher-ranked teams among the top-25 this week included:
Utah (#13) losing to Arizona (#7) by six (6) points.
Arkansas (#18) losing to Kentucky (#1).
West Virginia (#20) losing to Baylor (#19).
West Virginia (#20) losing to Kansas (#9) in overtime.

College Basketball 2015, Week Sixteen!

February 25, 2015

127Following two impressive road victories (at Michigan and at Illinois), the Spartans remain tied for third place (with Purdue) behind the league-leading Badgers of Wisconsin and second place Terps of Maryland (who just beat Wisconsin!) in the Big Ten conference.    The Wildcats of Kentucky remain the lone undefeated team in the AP top twenty-five (25); the Big Ten Conference only has two teams ranked in the top-25: Wisconsin (#5) and Maryland (#14).  Next up for the Spartans this week: at home against Minnesota tomorrow (Thursday) and then on the road for a huge matchup against #5 Wisconsin (Sunday).  Go Green!

The upsets among the top-25 this week included:
Wisconsin (#5) losing to Maryland (#14) by six (6) points.
Kansas (#8) losing to unranked Kansas State.
Notre Dame (#9) losing to unranked Syracuse by five (5) points.
Utah (#9) losing to unranked Oregon.
Louisville (#12) losing to unranked Syracuse.
North Carolina (#15) losing to unranked NC State.
Butler (#19) losing to unranked Xavier.
Oklahoma State (#22) losing to West Virginia (#23).
Ohio State (#24) losing to unranked Michigan.

The close calls (wins by six points or less [two scores] or in overtime) among the top-25 this week included:
Duke (#4) defeating North Carolina (#15) by only two (2) points in overtime.
Louisville (#12) defeating unranked Miami by only two (2) points.
Louisville (#12) defeating unranked Georgia Tech by only one (1) point.
Iowa State (#14) defeating Oklahoma State (#22) by five (5) points.
Maryland (#16) defeating unranked Nebraska by four (4) points.
Oklahoma (#17) defeating unranked Texas Tech by four (4) points.
Arkansas (#18) defeating unranked Mississippi State by four (4) points.
Arkansas (#18) defeating unranked Texas A&M by six (6) points.
VCU (#25) defeating unranked Massachusetts by six (6) points.

The losses to higher-ranked teams among the top-25 this week included:
North Carolina (#15) losing to Duke (#4) by only two (2) points.
Oklahoma State (#22) losing to Iowa State (#14) by five (5) points.
Providence (#25) losing to Villanova (#6).