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College Basketball 2019, Week Eleven!

January 21, 2019

The Spartans only had one game this week, on the road at Nebraska where the Spartans were able to break the Husker’s 20-game home court winning streak. The Big Ten had five (5) teams among the AP top-25 last week:  Michigan [#2], Michigan State [#6], Maryland [#19], Iowa [#23], and Indiana [#25].  And following the weekend losses (#2 Michigan’s loss at Wisconsin, and #4 Virginia’s loss to #1 Duke), there are no undefeated teams remaining in the AP top-25 and the rankings should shuffle a bit this week.  Quite a few great games this last week!

Next up for the Spartans, three (3) games this week: at home against the Terrapins of Maryland (tonight) then on the  road to visit the Hawkeyes of Iowa (Thursday) and on the road to visit the Boilermakers of Purdue (Sunday).  And, with Michigan’s loss, the Spartans are in sole possession of first place and in the drivers seat of the Big Ten race (for now).  Go Green!

The upsets this week included:
Duke (#1) losing to unranked Syracuse by four (4) points in overtime.
Michigan (#2) losing to unranked Wisconsin.
Kansas (#7) losing to unranked West Virginia by one (1) point.
Texas Tech (#8) losing to unranked Iowa State by four (4) points.
Texas Tech (#8) losing to unranked Baylor.
Florida State (#11) losing to unranked Pittsburgh.
Florida State (#11) losing to unranked Boston College by five (5) points.
NC State (#17) losing to unranked Wake Forest by four (4) points.
Ole Miss (#18) losing to unranked LSU.
Oklahoma (#20) losing to unranked Kansas State.
Oklahoma (#20) losing to unranked Texas by three (3) points.
Indiana (#25) losing to unranked Nebraska.
Indiana (#25) losing to unranked Purdue.

The close calls this week (won by six points or less [two scores] or in overtime) included:
Duke (#1) defeating Virginia (#4) by two (2) points.
Tennessee (#3) defeating unranked Alabama by three (3) points.
Michigan State (#6) defeating unranked Nebraska by six (6) points.
Kansas (#7) defeating unranked Texas by two (2) points.
Nevada (#10) defeating unranked Boise State by one (1) point.
North Carolina (#12) defeating unranked Notre Dame by six (6) points.
Marquette (#15) defeating unranked Georgetown by three (3) points.
NC State (#17) defeating unranked Notre Dame by four (4) points.
Maryland (#19) defeating unranked Wisconsin by four (4) points.
Mississippi State (#24) defeating unranked Florida by three (3) points.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
Duke (#1) defeating Virginia (#4) by two (2) points.
Virginia (#4) defeating Virginia Tech (#9).
Kentucky (#12) defeating Auburn (#14) by two (2) points.

 

College Basketball 2019, Week Ten!

January 14, 2019

The Spartans took care of business on Tuesday when they hosted the Boilermakers of Purdue (MSU won by 18). Then on Sunday, the led comfortably for most of the game  for an easy win against the Nittany Lions of Penn State.  The Big Ten only had four (4) teams among the AP top-25 this week:  Michigan [#2], Michigan State [#6], Ohio State [#16], and Indiana [#22].  And, we are down to just two (2) unbeaten teams remaining: Michigan [#2] and Virginia [#4].

Next up for the Spartans: on the road to visit the Cornhuskers of Nebraska (Thursday).

The upsets this week included:
Auburn (#11) losing to unranked Ole Miss.
North Carolina (#12) losing to unranked Louisville.
Mississippi State (#14) losing to unranked South Carolina by five (5) points in overtime.
Mississippi State (#14) losing to unranked Ole Miss by four (4) points.
Ohio State (#16) losing to unranked Rutgers by three (3) points.
Ohio State (#16) losing to unranked Iowa.
Houston (#17) losing to unranked Temple by four (4) points.
Iowa State (#20) losing to unranked Baylor by three (3) points.
Iowa State (#20) losing to unranked Kansas State by one (1) point.
Indiana (#22) losing to unranked Maryland by three (3) points.
St. John’s (#24) losing to unranked Villanova by five (5) points.
St. John’s (#24) losing to unranked DePaul.

The close calls this week (won by six points or less [two scores] or in overtime) included:
Duke (#1) defeating Florida State (#13) by two (2) points.
Kansas (#7) defeating unranked Baylor by five (5) points.
Texas Tech (#8) defeating unranked Texas by six (6) points.
Virginia Tech (#9) defeating unranked Georgia Tech by three (3) points.
Florida State (#13) defeating unranked Miami by six (6) points.
NC State (#15) defeating unranked Pittsburgh by six (6) points.
Marquette (#21) defeating unranked Creighton by two (2) points in overtime.
Marquette (#21) defeating unranked Seton Hall by four (4) points.
Oklahoma (#23) defeating TCU (#25) by two (2) points.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
Duke (#1) defeating Florida State (#13) by two (2) points.
Kansas (#7) defeating TCU (#25).
Texas Tech (#8) defeating Oklahoma (#23).
North Carolina (#12) defeating NC State (#15).
Oklahoma (#23) defeating TCU (#25) by two (2) points.

 

 

 

College Basketball 2019, Week Nine!

January 7, 2019

The Spartans had two games this week including an early road test against a ranked Ohio State Buckeye team (#14).  Michigan State had no trouble on Wednesday as they handled the Wildcats of Northwestern with ease and then battled hard on Saturday to come away from Columbus with a win over the Buckeyes.  Woot!  The Big Ten currently has seven (7) teams among the AP top-25:  Michigan [#2], Michigan State [#8], Ohio State (#14), Indiana [#21], Wisconsin (#22), Nebraska [#24], and Iowa (#25).  After this week’s action, there are only three (3) teams that remain unbeaten: Michigan (#2), Virginia (#4), and Houston  (#19).

Next up for the Spartans: at home against the Boilermakers of Purdue (tomorrow) then on the road to visit the Nittany Lions of Penn State (Sunday).  Go Green!

The upsets this week included:
Kansas (#5) losing to unranked Iowa State.
Nevada (#6) losing to unranked New Mexico.
Kentucky (#13) losing to unranked Alabama by two (2) points.
Marquette (#16) losing to unranked St. John’s.
Wisconsin (#22) losing to unranked Minnesota.
Nebraska (#24) losing to unranked Maryland by two (2) points.
Nebraska (#24) losing to Iowa (#25).
Iowa (#25) losing to unranked Purdue.

The close calls this week (won by six points or less [two scores] or in overtime) included:
Texas Tech (#11) defeating unranked West Virginia by three (3) points.
Texas Tech (#11) defeating unranked Kansas State by six (6) points.
NC State (#18) defeating unranked Miami by five (5) points.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
Michigan (#2) defeating Indiana (#21).
Virginia (#4) defeating Florida State (#9).
Kansas (#5) defeating Oklahoma (#23).
Michigan State (#8) defeating Ohio State (#14).

 

 

 

College Basketball 2019, Week Eight!

December 30, 2018

I am posting my update this week a day earlier than usual.  The Spartans had only one game this week, facing the Huskies of Northern Illinois whom they defeated easily.

The Big Ten currently has six (6) teams among the AP top-25:  Michigan [#2], Michigan State [#8], Ohio State [#13], Wisconsin [#15], Indiana [#23], and Iowa [#24].  And, there are only four (4) unbeaten teams remaining among the top-25: Michigan [#2], Virginia [#4], Nevada [#6], and Houston [#22].

Next up for the Spartans: at home against the Wildcats of Northwestern (Wednesday) then on the road to visit the Buckeyes of Ohio State (Saturday).

The upsets this week included:
Wisconsin (#15) losing to unranked Western Kentucky.
Arizona State (#17) losing to unranked Princeton by one (1) point.

The close calls this week (won by six points or less [two scores] or in overtime) included:
Iowa (#24) defeating unranked Bryant by five (5) points.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

College Baskteball 2019, Week Seven!

December 24, 2018

It was a slow week in college basketball, but picked up a bit over the weekend.  The Spartans faced and easily handled the Grizzlies of Oakland on Friday.  The Big Ten currently has seven (7) teams among the AP top-25:  Michigan [#4], Michigan State [#11], Ohio State [#15], Wisconsin [#16], Indiana [#22], Iowa [#23] and Nebraska [#25].  Four (4) teams remain unbeaten as we head into the final week of December: Michigan (#4), Virginia (#5), Nevada (#6), and Houston (#21).

Next up for the Spartans: a home game against the Huskies of Northern Illinois (Saturday).

The upsets this week included:
Kansas (#1) losing to Arizona State (#18) by four (4) points.
Auburn (#7) losing to unranked NC State.
North Carolina (#9) losing to Kentucky (#19).
Buffalo (#14) losing to Marquette (#20).
Arizona State (#18) losing to unranked Vanderbilt.
Furman (#24) losing to unranked LSU.

The close calls this week (won by six points or less [two scores] or in overtime) included:
Nevada (#6) defeating unranked Akron by six (6) points.
Auburn (#7) defeating unranked Murray State by five (5) points.
Mississippi State (#17) defeating unranked Wright State by four (4) points.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
Duke (#2) defeating Texas Tech (#12).

College Basketball 2019, Week Six!

December 17, 2018

This week the Spartans won easily against the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay.  The Big Ten currently has six (6) teams among the AP top-25:  Michigan [#5], Michigan State [#9], Ohio State [#15], Wisconsin [#16], Iowa [#22], and Indiana [#25].  And at this early juncture in the season, there are only eight (8) undefeated teams remaining among the AP top-25: Kansas, Michigan, Virginia, Nevada, Texas Tech, Buffalo, Furman, and Houston.

Next up for the Spartans: a home game against the Grizzlies of Oakland University (Friday).

The upsets this week included:
Gonzaga (#4) losing to North Carolina (#12).
Villinova (#17) losing to unranked Pennsylvania by three (3) points.
Syracuse (#25) losing to unranked Old Dominion by six (6) points.

The close calls this week (won by six points or less [two scores] or in overtime) included:
Kansas (#1) defeating Villinova (#17) by three (3) points.
Nevada (#7) defeating unranked South Dakota State by four (4) points.
Auburn (#8) defeating unranked UAB by four (4) points in overtime.
Ohio State (#15) defeating unranked Bucknell by two (2) points.
Arizona State (#20) defeating unranked Georgia by two (2) points.
Houston (#24) defeating unranked LSU by six (6) points.
Houston (#24) defeating unranked Saint Louis by four (4) points.
Indiana (#25) defeating unranked Butler by three (3) points.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
Kansas (#1) defeating Villinova (#17) by three (3) points.

College Basketball 2019, Week Five!

December 10, 2018

The Spartans started off the week with an easy win against the Hawkeyes of Iowa and followed it up with a close win (four points) against Florida..  The Big Ten now has seven (7) teams among the AP top-25:  Michigan  [#5], Michigan State [#10], Wisconsin (#12), Iowa [#18], Ohio State [$19], Maryland [#23], and Nebraska [#24].

Next up for the Spartans: a home game against the Phoenixes of the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay (Sunday).

The upsets this week included:
Gonzaga (#1) losing to Tennessee (#7) by three (3) points.
Kentucky (#9) losing to unranked Seton Hall by one (1) point in overtime.
Wisconsin (#12) losing to unranked Marquette by five (5) points.
Kansas State (#16) losing to unranked Tulsa by one (1) point.
Maryland (#23) losing to unranked Purdue by two (2) points.
Nebraska (#24) losing to unranked Minnesota.

The close calls this week (won by six points or less [two scores] or in overtime) included:
Gonzaga (#1) defeating unranked Washington by two (2) points.
Kansas (#3) defeating unranked New Mexico State by three (3) points.
Michigan (#5) defeating unranked  Northwestern by two (2) points.
Nevada (#6) defeating Arizona State (#20) by six (6) points.
Michigan State (#10) defeating unranked Florida by four (4) points.
Wisconsin (#12) defeating unranked Rutgers by five (5) points.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
Nevada (#6) defeating Arizona State (#20) by six (6) points.
Michigan State (#10) defeating Iowa (#18).

College Basketball 2019, Week Four!

December 3, 2018

This week, the Spartans were on the road for a couple of games: they faced the Louisville Cardinals in their B1G/ACC Challenge game match-up (and lost in overtime), and then traveled to New Jersey to face the Scarlet Knights of Rutgers (which they won).  The Big Ten currently has seven (7) teams among the AP top-25:  Michigan [#7], Michigan State [#9], Iowa [#14], Ohio State [#16], Purdue [#19], Wisconsin [#22], and Maryland [#24].  Wow, way to represent!  Of course it is far too early in the season to get too excited, but it is always a bonus to have some healthy competition within conference.

Next up for the Spartans: a home game against the Hawkeyes of Iowa (tonight) and then at Florida on Saturday.

The upsets this week included:
Michigan State (#9) losing to unranked Louisville by four (4) points in overtime.
Kansas State (#12) losing to unranked Marquette.
Virginia Tech (#13) losing to unranked Penn State by one (1) point.
Iowa (#14) losing to Wisconsin (#22) by six (6) points.
Ohio State (#16) losing to unranked Syracuse.
Texas (#17) losing to unranked Radford by three (3) points.
Oregon (#18) losing to Texas Southern by five (5) points.
Oregon (#18) losing to unranked Houston by four (4)  points.

The close calls this week (won by six points or less [two scores] or in overtime) included:
Kansas (#2) defeating unranked Stanford by six (6) points.
Nevada (#5) defeating unranked Loyola-Chicago by six (6) points.
Iowa (#14) defeating unranked Pittsburgh by one (1) point.
Buffalo (#21) defeating unranked San Francisco by four (4) points.
Wisconsin (#22) defeating unranked North Carolina State by four (4) points.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
Virginia (#4) defeating Maryland (#24) by five (5) points.
Michigan (#7) defeating North Carolina (#17).
MIchigan (#7) defeating Purdue (#19).
Florida State (#15) defeating Purdue (#19) by one (1) point.

Big Ten Conference Champions!

December 2, 2018

The Big Ten conference crowned their champion today.  Congratulations to the Ohio State Buckeyes who defeated the Northwestern Wildcats for the B1G Championship.  As we head to bowl season, the Big Ten continues to have four (4) teams ranked in the AP top-25 poll: Ohio State [#6], Michigan [#8], Penn State [#14], and Northwestern [#21]).  Four teams managed to complete their seasons undefeated: Alabama [#1], Clemson [#2], Notre Dame [#3], and UCF [#7].

Next up for the Spartans, a bowl to face ?????.  Go Green!

The upsets this week included:
Boise State (#22) losing to Fresno State (#25) by three (3) points in overtime.

The close calls this week (games that were won by a touchdown or less) included:
Iowa State (#23) defeating unranked Drake by three (3) points.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
Alabama (#1) defeating Georgia (#4) by seven (7) points.
Oklahoma (#5) defeating Texas (#14).
Ohio State (#6) defeating Northwestern (#21).
Washington (#10) defeating Utah (#17) by seven (7) points.

College Basketball 2019, Week Three!

November 26, 2018

The 2018-2019 college basketball season has official kicked off!  Earlier this week, the Spartans played in the Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational where they faced the Bruins of UCLA (#17).  The Spartans cruised to a 20-point victory.  Michigan State then played unranked Texas (who had defeated #7 North Carolina on their side of the bracket) in the tournament final.  The Spartans once again prevailed by double digits. The Big Ten currently has six (6) teams among the AP top-25:  Michigan [#9], Michigan State [#11], Iowa [#20], Ohio State [#23], Purdue [#24], and Wisconsin [#25].

Next up for the Spartans: on the road to face the Louisville Cardinals in the B1G/ACC challenge game (tomorrow) and the on the road at Rutgers (Friday).

The upsets this week included:
Duke (#1) losing to Gonzaga (#3) by two (2) points.
North Carolina (#7) losing to unranked Texas by three (3) points.
Florida State (#14) losing to unranked Villanova by six (6) points.
Mississippi State (#15) losing to unranked Arizona State by five (5) points.
Clemson (#16) losing to unranked Creighton by five (5) points.
TCU (#18) losing to unrankned Lipscomb.
LSU (#19) losing to unranked Oklahoma State.

The close calls this week (won by six points or less [two scores] or in overtime) included:
Duke (#1) defeating Auburn (#8) by six (6) points.
Kansas (#2) defeating Tennessee (#5) by points (6) in overtime..
Gonzaga (#3) defeating unranked Illinois by six (6) points.
Mississippi State (#15) defeating unranked Saint Mary’s by four (4) points.
Clemson (#16) defeating unranked Akron by three (3) points.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
Kansas (#2) defeating Tennessee (#5) by six (6) points in overtime.
Virginia (#4) defeating Wisconsin (#25).
North Carolina (#7) defeating UCLA (#17).
Michigan State (#11) defeating UCLA (#17).
Florida State (#14) defeating LSU (#19) by three (3) points in overtime.