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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).

Big Ten Conference Championship 2017!

December 3, 2017

The regular season of football has officially come to a close.  Wisconsin [#4] finished undefeated atop the Big Ten West Division while Ohio State [#8] survived the rigorous East Division, its only conference loss coming on the road at Iowa.  Congratulations to the Ohio State Buckeyes who were crowned Champions of the Big Ten Conference.  It has been a thrilling season full of victories, defeats, upsets, rivalries, disappointments, and unbridled joy!  This is what makes college football so much fun to watch — you just never know what is going to occur from one week to the next.  Rankings and win/loss records don’t always guarantee a victory.  Many an underdog has managed to derail the plans of a ranked or favored opponent.  So, on Tuesday we will find out which four teams actually make the College Football Playoff.  Regardless of who does or does not get the “invitation” to the college football playoff this year, seven (7) teams from the Big Ten, including the Spartans who finished second in the East behind Ohio State, will be getting invitations to play in bowl games over the coming weeks.  But, with the end of college football, comes the gearing up of conference play in college basketball . . . ah, and that means that March Madness is not far behind!  Go Green.

Some of the other conference championship results this weekend included:

Clemson (#1) defeating Miami (#7) to win the ACC Championship.
Oklahoma (#3) defeating TCU (#11) to win the Big-12 Championship.
Georgia (#6) defeating Auburn (#2) to win the SEC Championship.
Ohio State (#8) defeating Wisconsin (#4) by six (6) points to win the Big Ten Championship.
USC (#12) defeating Stanford (#12) by three (3) points to win the Pac-12 Championship.
UCF (#14) defeating Memphis (#20) by seven (7) points in double overtime to win the AAC Conference Championship.
Unranked Boise State defeating Fresno State (#25) by three (3) points to win the Mountain West Championship.

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 Football 2017, Week Thirteen!

November 26, 2017

The regular season has now come to a close and the Spartans finished out the regular season with a win on the road against the Scarlet Knights of Rutgers.  There continue to be five Big Ten teams in the CFP top-25 (Wisconsin [#5], Ohio State [#9], Penn State [#10], Michigan State [#16], and Northwestern [#22]) and following the week’s action, only two undefeated teams at the close of the regular season (Wisconsin and UCF).  Conference Championships will be played next weekend and for the Big Ten it will feature Wisconsin against Ohio State.   And with the top two teams losing this week, there could be a serious shake-up in this week’s CFP top-25.  Next up for the Spartans: a bowl game.  Woot!  Go Green!

The upsets this week included:
Alabama (#1) losing to Auburn (#6)
Miami (#2) losing to unranked Pittsburgh.
Notre Dame (#8) losing to Stanford (#21).
Washington State (#13) losing to Washington (#17).
Mississippi State (#14) losing to unranked Ole Miss.
Boise State (#23) losing to unranked Fresno State.

The close calls this week (games that were won by a touchdown or less) included:
UCF (#15) defeating unranked South Florida by seven (7) points.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
Clemson (#3) defeating South Carolina (#24).

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 Football 2017, Week Twelve!

November 19, 2017

In their last home game of the season, the Spartans managed to win yet another close game in what looked like positively miserable conditions (rain, sleet, snow).    But a win is a win, and today’s win was the Spartan’s eighth of the season which puts them in second place of the Big Ten East division (tied with Penn State, and one game behind Ohio State).  A vast improvement over last year’s 3-9 record.    There currently are six (6) Big Ten teams in the College Football Playoff top-25 (undefeated Wisconsin, [#5], Ohio State [#9], Penn State [#10], Michigan State [#17], Northwestern [#23], and Michigan [#24]).  Next up for the Spartans: their last regular season game on the road to visit the Scarlet Knights of Rutgers.  Go Green!

The upsets this week included:
Oklahoma State (#13) losing to unranked Kansas State by five (5) points.
NC State (#19) losing to unranked Wake Forest by six (6) points.

The close calls this week (games that were won by a touchdown or less) included:
Notre Dame (#8) defeating unranked Navy by seven (7) points.
USC (#11) defeating unranked UCLA by five (5) points.
Mississippi State (#16) defeating unranked Arkansas by seven (7) points.
Washington (#18) defeating unranked Utah by three (3) points.
Stanford (#22) defeating unranked Cal by three (3) points.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
Wisconsin (#5) defeating Michigan (#24).

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.

College Football 2017, Week Eleven!

November 12, 2017

The Spartans were on the road this week to face an angry and motivated Ohio State squad . . . it did not go well at all for the Spartans.  Alas.  The Big Ten has somehow managed to get six teams in the top-25 (Wisconsin [#8], Michigan State [#12], Ohio State [#13], Penn State [#14], Iowa [#20], and Northwestern [#25]).  And, speaking of the top-25, there are still four (4) undefeated teams remainng: Alabama [#2], Miami [#7], Wisconsin [#8], and UCF [#18].  Next up for the Spartans: at home to host the Terrapins of Maryland.  Go Green!

The upsets this week included:
Georgia (#1) losing to Auburn (#10).
Notre Dame (#3) losing to Miami (#7).
Washington (#9) losing to unranked Stanford.
Michigan State (#12) losing to Ohio State (#13).
Virginia Tech (#17) losing to unranked Georgia Tech by six (6) points.

The close calls this week (games that were won by a touchdown or less) included:
Alabama (#2) defeating Mississippi State (#16) by seven (7) points.
Oklahoma State (#15) defeating Iowa State (#21) by seven points.
NC State (#23) defeating unranked Boston College by three (3) points.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
Alabama (#2) defeating Mississippi State (#16) by seven (7) points.
Oklahoma (#5) defeating TCU (#6).
Wisconsin (#8) defeating Iowa (#20).
Oklahoma State (#15) defeating Iowa State (#21) by seven points.

College Football 2017, Week Ten!

November 5, 2017

Oh what a difference a week makes.  The Spartans won another close game, this time against the #7 Nitanny Lions of Penn State and claim their share of the lead of the B1G East with Ohio State.  Woohoo, what a game!  There continue to be four Big Ten teams in the College Playoff rankings (Ohio State [#6], Penn State [#7], Wisconsin [#9], and Michigan State [#24).  Following the games (and numerous upsets of higher ranked teams) this weekend, there should be yet another shake-up in the College Playoff rankings.  Next up for the Spartans: on the road to visit the Buckeyes of Ohio State.  Go Green!

The upsets this week included:
Ohio State (#6) losing to unranked Iowa.
Penn State (#7) losing to Michigan State (#24)
Iowa State (#15) losing to unranked West Virginia by four (4) points.
Stanford (#21) losing to Washington State (#25).

The close calls this week (games that were won by a touchdown or less) included:
Clemson (#4) defeating North Carolina State (#20) by seven (7) points.
UCF (#18) defeating unranked SMU by seven (7) points.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
Alabama (#2) defeating LSU (#19).
Clemson (#4) defeating North Carolina State (#20) by seven (7) points.
Oklahoma (#5) defeating Oklahoma State (#11).
Miami (#10) defeating Virginia Tech (#13).
USC (#17) defeating Arizona (#22).