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College Football 2018, Week Three!

September 16, 2018

It is only the third week of the season, but the Spartans had a bye this week.    The Big Ten continues to have five teams ranked in the AP top-25 poll: Michigan State [#25], Michigan [#19], Penn State [#11], Wisconsin [#6], and Ohio State [#4]).

Next up for the Spartans, on the road to visit the Hoosiers of Indiana.  Go Green!

The upsets this week included:
Wisconsin (#6) losing to unranked BYU by three (3) points.
Auburn (#7) losing to LSU (#12) by one (1) point.
Boise State (#17) losing to Oklahoma State (#24).
USC (#22) losing to unranked Texas.
Arizona State (#23) losing to unranked San Diego State by seven (7) points.

The close calls this week (games that were won by a touchdown or less) included:
Notre Dame (#8) defeating unranked Vanderbilt by five (5) points.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
Ohio State (#4) defeating TCU (#15).

College Football 2018, Week Two!

September 9, 2018

The Spartans traveled out west to visit the Sun Devils of Arizona State this week and came up short (the Big Ten is now 0-10 at Sun Devil stadium).  Tied with 2 minutes to go, the Sun Devils eked out the victory with a field goal as time ran out.  Bummer!  The Big Ten continues to have five (5) teams ranked in the AP top-25 poll (two within the top 5): Michigan [#21], Michigan State [#15], Penn State [#13], Wisconsin [#5], and Ohio State [#4]).

Next up for the Spartans, on the road to visit the Hoosiers of Indiana in two weeks (yep, our bye week really early in the season ).  Go Green!

The upsets this week included:
Miami (#8) losing to LSU (#15).
Michigan State (#15) losing to unranked Arizona State by three (3) points.
Florida State (#19) losing to Virginia Tech (#20).
Florida (#25) losing to unranked Kentucky.

The close calls this week (games that were won by a touchdown or less) included:
Clemson (#2) defeating unranked Texas A&M by two (2) points.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
Georgia (#3) defeating South Carolina (#24).
Stanford (#10) defeating USC (#17).

College Football 2018, Week One!

September 2, 2018

In the college football pre-season AP rankings, the Michigan State Spartans are ranked #11 (with four other Big Ten teams also ranked: Michigan [#14], Penn State [#10], Ohio State [#5], and Wisconsin [#4]) — it could prove to be an interesting season, especially in the talent-laden Big Ten East.  Time will tell if these high expectations are warranted . . . until then, I remain optimistic.  The pre-season award watch list accolades for the Spartans (that I’ve been able to find) include:

The Spartans opened their season against the Utah State Aggies this week (Friday night).  Michigan State managed to win (by just a touchdown), but it was certainly a challenge with the Spartans scoring the go ahead touchdown with just two minutes left in the game.  Still to come this first week of college football, a couple of top-25 match-ups: Miami (#8) versus LSU (#25) later today, and on Monday evening: Virginia Tech (#20) versus Florida State (#19).

Next up for the Spartans, on the road against the Sun Devils of Arizona State.  Go Green!

The upsets this week included:
Washington (#6) losing to Auburn (#9).
Texas (#23) losing to unranked Maryland by five (5) points.

The close calls this week (games that were won by a touchdown or less) included:
Penn State (#10) defeating unranked Appalachian State by a touchdown in overtime.
Michigan State (#11) defeating unranked Utah State by a touchdown.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
Notre Dame (#12) defeating Michigan (#14).

Just the Stats, Man!

June 19, 2018

Last month I received an informative newsletter from the Michigan State University Libraries that provided their “year-end” statistics in a number of categories (for fiscal year 2016-2017).  Obviously they are a tier-1 research institution and should be expected to have large numbers in these categories, but wow . . . impressive indeed!

 —  6.5 million visitors to the website.
—  1.65 million physical visitors to the main library.

—  646 presentations and events.
—  14,311 reference questions answered.

— 3,972,264 full-text articles retrieved using library databases.
—  1,498,893 searched of library databases.

—  7,805,066 unique titles.
—  7,267,012 total volumes.
—  2,768,9554 e-book titles.
—  1,258 electronic databases.

Interlibrary Loan Services
—  18th largest lender in the world.
—  63,939 items from MSU Libraries’ collections were sent to other libraries around the world.
—  16,164 items were borrowed from other libraries for MSU patrons.
—  5,628 items of our own delivered through  document delivery services.

Source: Insight Newsletter, Summer 2018 p. 6.  Data was compiled by Joshua Sanchez, User Experience & Assessment Librarian, from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017.


May 7, 2018

Happy Monday!  Tonight is our campus’ spring 2018 commencement ceremony.  With most campuses around the country following suit over the next several weeks, employability rankings seem like a most appropriate topic to post.

“A global employability ranking, designed by HR consultancy Emerging, conducted by research institute Trendence and published exclusively by Times Higher Education, reveals which universities the recruiters at top companies think are the best at preparing students for the workplace.”

Lo and behold!  Michigan State University (my undergraduate alma mater) comes in at #22 in the United States (#81 in the world).  While all eight (8) of the Ivy League schools finished in the top 25 nationally, Michigan State was the highest ranked Big Ten school and the only Big Ten school to finish in the top 25.  Go Green!


They Are The Champions!

April 3, 2018

Congratulations are in order for Villanova Wildcats who successfully navigated March Madness and the Road to the Final Four culminating in their NCAA College Basketball Tournament victory last night over the Michigan Wolverines.  It was an awesome season with a lot of great games (and more than the usual share of surprises along the way).  This is what makes college basketball so much fun (and aggravating at the same time, go figure).  Next up . . . the start of major league baseball and only a five month wait until the start of college football (and the Michigan State Spartans are in the way too early pre-season top-25 — woohoo!).

Final Four, 2018!

March 26, 2018

Is the cream starting to rise to the top?  There are still a a couple of “blue blood” teams left in the tournament, but the lower seeds continue to win.  Loyola University-Chicago (#11) continued its Cinderella story by advanced to the elite eight and then on to the Final Four!  On Thursday, only one of the higher seeds advanced (Michigan [#3]); whereas on Friday, only one of the higher seeds did NOT advance (Purdue [#2]).  On Saturday and Sunday all of the higher seeds advanced except for #9 Kansas State who could not get past this year’s Cinderella, Loyola-Chicago.  On to San Antonio next weekend for the Final Four!

Sweet Sixteen games
Villanova (#1) defeated West Virginia (#5)
Kansas (#1) defeated Clemson (#5) by four (4) points.
Duke (#2) defeated Syracuse (#11) by four (4) points.
Michigan (#3) defeated Texas A&M (#7)
Texas Tech (#3) defeated Purdue (#2)
Florida State (#9) defeated Gonzaga (#4)
Kansas State (#9) defeated Kentucky (#5) by three (3) points.
Loyola-Chicago (#11) defeated Nevada (#7) by one (1) point.

In the regional finals, there was only one #1/#2 matchup (Kansas/Duke in the midwest); a #1/#3 matchup (Villanova/Texas Tech in the east), a #3/#9 matchup (Michigan/Florida State in the West), and a #9/#11 matchup (Kansas State/Loyola Chicago) in the south).

Elite Eight games
Villanova (#1) defeating Texas Tech (#3)
Kansas (#1) defeating Duke (#2) by four (4) points in overtime.
Michigan (#3) defeating Florida State (#9) by four (4) points.
Loyola-Chicago (#11) defeating Kansas State (#9).

The madness continues.  Congratulations to the four teams who survived the second weekend to arrive at the Final Four.

East Regional Champs
Villanova (#1)

will play . . . the

Midwest Regional Champs
Kansas (#1),

and, the

South Regional Champs
Loyola-Chicago (#11)

will play . .  the

West Regional Champs
Michigan (#3).

Sweet Sixteen, 2018!

March 19, 2018

History was made this weekend when a #1 seed (Virginia) was defeated by a #16 seed (University of Maryland, Baltimore County) for the first-time ever in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.  Congratulations to UMBC!  Virginia was not the only “favored” seed to not survive the first weekend . . . eight (8) other higher-seeded teams lost in the first round: Arizona (#4), Wichita State (#4), TCU (#6), Miami (#6), Arkansas (#7), Missouri (#8), Creighton (#8), and Virginia Tech (#8).  Then in round two, the upsets continued with six (6) additional “favored” teams losing: Xavier (#1), North Carolina (#2), Cincinnati (#2), Tennessee (#3), Michigan State (#3), Auburn (#4).  Madness indeed.  The Michigan State Spartans took care of business to win their opening-round game against a formidable Bucknell team on Friday, but were unable to handle Syracuse’s zone defense and lost by two (2) points yesterday thus ending their season.   Congratulations are in order for the “Sweet Sixteen” survivors of the first weekend.  Good luck one and all next week!  Let the Madness continue?

East Regional
Villanova (#1)
Purdue (#2)
Texas Tech (#3)
West Virginia (#5)

South Regional
Kentucky (#5)
Nevada (#7)
Kansas State (#9)
Loyola-Chicago (#11)

Midwest Regional
Kansas (#1)
Duke (#2)
Clemson (#5)
Syracuse (#11)

West Regional
Michigan (#3)
Gonzaga (#4)
Texas A&M (#7)
Florida State (#9)

The Brackets are Set!

March 12, 2018

The ‘madness” has been ongoing all season, so we didn’t really have to wait for March, but now that March is here, the madness can officially begin!  I always look forward to this time of year and put together what I consider to be a quality bracket only to have it “busted” before the end of the first weekend.  I guess this is what makes the tournament so much fun (and aggravating if it is your team that falls early).  Here are the teams (and their seeds) in this year’s tournament.  My Spartans garnered a #3 seed in the Midwest  regional and will play Bucknell on Friday.  Good luck to all, and Go Green!

East Regional
#1 Villanova
#16  Long Island University/Radford

#8 Virginia Tech
#9 Alabama

#5 West Virginia
#12 Murray State

#4 Wichita State
#13 Marshall

#6 Florida
#11 St. Bonaventure/UCLA

#3 Texas Tech
#14 Stephen F. Austin

#7 Arkansas
#10 Butler

#2 Purdue
#15 Cal State Fullerton

South Regional
#1 Virginia
#16 University of Maryland, Baltimore County

#8 Creighton
#9 Kansas State

#5 Kentucky
#12 Davidson

#4 Arizona
#13 Buffalo

#6 Miami
#11 Loyola-Chicago

#3 Tennessee
#14 Wright State

#7 Nevada
#10 Texas

#2 Cincinnati
#15 Georgia State

Midwest Regional
#1 Kansas
#16 Pennsylvania

#8 Seton Hall
#9 NC State

#5 Clemson
#12 New Mexico State

#4 Auburn

#6 TCU
#11 Arizona State/Syracuse

#3 Michigan State
#14 Bucknell

#7 Rhode Island
#10 Oklahoma

#2 Duke
#15 Iona

West Regional
#1 Xavier
#16 North Carolina Central/Texas Southern

#8 Missouri
#9 Florida State

#5 Ohio State
#12 South Dakota State

#4 Gonzaga
#13  UNC Greensboro

#6 Houston
#11 San Diego State

#3 Michigan
#14 Montana

#7 Texas A&M
#10 Providece

#2 North Carolina
#15 Lipscomb


Big Ten Tournament Champs, 2018!

March 5, 2018

Congratulations to the Michigan Wolverines who were crowned the Big Ten tournament champions yesterday.    The Spartans won their quarterfinal game against Wisconsin, but lost in their semi-final round to the Michigan Wolverines who then defeated Purdue in the finals to claim the title.    The Big Ten continues to have four teams among the AP top-25:  Michigan State [#2], Purdue [#8], Ohio State [#13], and Michigan [#15].

Next up for the Spartans: the NCAA Tournament.  The brackets and seedings will be revealed on Sunday.  Go Green!

The upsets this week included:
Michigan State (#2) losing to Michigan (#15).
Duke (#5) losing to unranked Virginia Tech by one (1) point.
Kansas (#6) losing to unranked Oklahoma State.
Purdue (#8) losing to Michigan (#15).
North Carolina (#9) losing to unranked Miami by three (3) points and losing to Duke (#5).
Texas Tech (#12) losing to West Virginia (#20).
Ohio State (#13) losing to unranked Penn State by one (1) point.
Auburn (#14) losing to unranked Arkansas.
Rhode Island (#17) losing to unranked St. Joseph’s and losing to unranked Davidson by two (2) points.
Clemson (#18) losing to unranked Syracuse by three (3) points.
West Virginia (#20) losing to unranked Texas.
Nevada (#21) losing to unranked San Diego State by five (5) points.
Kentucky (#23) losing to unranked Florida.
Middle Tennessee State (#24) losing to unranked Marshall.

The close calls this week (won by six points or less [two scores] or in overtime) included:
Virginia (#1) defeating unranked Louisville by one (1) point and defeating unranked Notre Dame by five (5) points.
Michigan State (#2) defeating unranked Wisconsin by three (3) points.
Xavier (#3) defeating unranked DePaul by three (3) points.
Villanova (#4) defeating unranked Seton Hall by one (1) point in overtime.
Wichita State (#11) defeating unranked UCF by four (4) points in overtime.
Texas Tech (#12) defeating unranked TCU by four (4) points.
Michigan (#15) defeating unranked Iowa by six (6) points in overtime.
Tennessee (#16) defeating unranked Georgia by five (5) points.
St. Mary’s (#22) defeating unranked Pepperdine by three (3) points.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
Duke (#5) defeating North Carolina (#9).
Cincinnati (#10) defeating Wichita State (#11) by one (1) point.