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College Basketball 2019, Week Fifteen!

February 18, 2019

The Spartans won both of their games this week; they scored a big win on the road (at Wisconsin) this week and outlasted Ohio State at home on Sunday.  Meanwhile Michigan and Purdue both lost on the road to further tighten the race for the Big Ten Championship (their is currently a two-way tie at the top between Michigan State and Michigan with Purdue just a half game out)!  The Big Ten is definitely heating up down the stretch.  Every game is a big game at this point.  The Big Ten continues to have six (6) teams among the AP top-25:  Michigan [#6], Michigan State [#11], Purdue [#12], Wisconsin [#20], Iowa [#21] and Maryland [#24].

Next up for the Spartans: at home against the Scarlet Knights of Rutgers (Wednesday) then on the  road to visit the Wolverines of Michigan (Sunday).  Go Green!

The upsets this week included:
Tennessee (#1) losing to Kentucky (#5).
Kentucky (#5) losing to LSU (#19) by two (2) points.
Michigan (#6) losing to unranked Penn State.
Purdue (#12) losing to Maryland (#24).
Villanova (#13) losing to unranked St. John’s by six (6) points.
Kansas State (#18) losing to Iowa State (#23).

The close calls this week (won by six points or less [two scores] or in overtime) included:
Duke (#2) defeating Louisville (#16) by two (2) points.
Virginia (#4) defeating unranked Notre Dame by six (6) points.
Kansas (#14) defeating unranked TCU by five (5) points in overtime.
Louisville (#16) defeating unranked Clemson by one (1) point.
LSU (#19) defeating unranked Georgia by four (4) points.
Iowa (#21) defeating unranked Rutgers by two (2) points.
Virginia Tech (#22) defeating unranked Pittsburgh by si (6) points.
Buffalo (#25) defeating unranked Akron by six (6) points.
Buffalo (#25) defeating unranked Toledo by six (6) points.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
Virginia (#4) defeating North Carolina (#8).
Michigan (#6) defeating Maryland (#24).
Michigan State (#11) defeating Wisconsin (#20).

College Basketball 2019, Week Fourteen!

February 11, 2019

The Spartan are trending in the wrong direction; they lost their third consecutive game  on Tuesday, but bounced back with an easy win at home on Saturday versus the Golden Gophers of Minnesota.  The Big Ten has six (6) teams among the AP top-25:  Michigan  [#7], Michigan State [#9], Purdue [#15], Wisconsin [#19], Iowa [#20], and Maryland [#24].

Next up for the Spartans: on the road to visit the Badgers of Wisconsin (tomorrow) then at home against the Buckeyes of Ohio State (Sunday).

The upsets this week included:
Michigan State (#9) losing to unranked Illinois by five (5) points.
Marquette (#10) losing to unranked St. John’s by one (1) point.
Virginia Tech (#11) losing to unranked Clemson.
Virginia Tech (#11) losing to Louisville (#16).
Kansas (#13) losing to unranked Kansas State.
Louisville (#16) losing to Florida State (#22) by five (5) points in overtime.
Iowa State (#17) losing to unranked TCU.

The close calls this week (won by six points or less [two scores] or in overtime) included:
Kentucky (#5) defeating unranked Mississippi State by four (4) points.
North Carolina (#8) defeating unranked Miami by three (3) points in overtime.
Marquette (#10) defeating Villanova (#14) by one (1) point.
Iowa State (#17 ) defeating unranked Oklahoma by one (1) point.
Wisconsin (#19) defeating unranked Minnesota by five (5) points.
Iowa (#20) defeating unranked Indiana by five (5) points.
Iowa (#20) defeating unranked Northwestern by one (1) point.
LSU (#21) defeating unranked Mississippi State by four (4) points.
LSU (#21) defeating unranked Auburn by five (5) points.
Cincinnati (#25) defeating unranked Memphis by five (5) points.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
Duke (#2) defeating Virginia (#3).
Michigan (#7) defeating Wisconsin (#19).
Marquette (#10) defeating Villanova (#14) by one (1) point.
Houston (#12) defeating Cincinnati (#25).

College Basketball 2019, Week Thirteen!

February 4, 2019

The Spartans had only one game this week, at home (compared with three games last week, two of which were on the road),  and were hosting ESPN’s College Game Day for their matchup with the Hoosiers of Indiana.  The Spartans struggled and lost in overtime.  Alas, two losses in a row.  The Big Ten now has five (5) teams among the AP top-25:  Michigan [#5], Michigan State [#6], Purdue [#17], Maryland [#21], and Wisconsin [#24].

Next up for the Spartans: on the road to visit the fighting Illini of Illinois (tomorrow) then at home against the Golden Gophers of Minnesota (Saturday).

The upsets this week included:
Michigan (#5) losing to unranked Iowa.
Michigan State (#6) losing to unranked Indiana by four (4) points in overtime.
Kansas (#11) losing to unranked Texas.
Buffalo (#18) losing to unranked Bowling Green.
LSU (#19) losing to unranked Arkansas by one (1) point.
Maryland (#21) losing to Wisconsin (#24).
Mississippi State (#22) losing to unranked Alabama by four (4) points.

The close calls this week (won by six points or less [two scores] or in overtime) included:
Purdue (#17) defeating unranked Penn State in overtime.
Iowa State (#20) defeating unranked Texas by five (5) points.
Mississippi State (#22) defeating unranked Ole Miss by six (6) points.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
Virginia (#3) defeating NC State (#23) by one (1) point in overtime.
North Carolina (#9) defeating Louisville (#15).
Kansas (#11) defeating Texas Tech (#16).
Virginia Tech (#12) defeating NC State (#23).

College Basketball 2019, Week Twelve!

January 28, 2019

A busy week for the Spartans: three (3) games, one (1) at home, and two (2) on the road.  The Spartans started the week by defeating the ranked Terrapins of Maryland (#13) easily at home despite the continued absence of Josh Langford and getting zero points from Nick Ward.  The Spartans then traveled to Iowa where after a sluggish first half, managed to come out strong in the second half for another decisive win on the road against the Hawkeyes.  The Spartans finished the week at Purdue with yet another sluggish start, but were unable to pull out the victory on the road.  Alas.  The rankings had a bit of a shuffle this week, but the Big Ten continues to have four (4) teams among the AP top-25:  Michigan [#5], Michigan State [#6], Maryland [#13], and Iowa [#19].  Go Green!

Next up for the Spartans: at home against the Hoosiers of Indiana (Saturday).

The upsets this week included:
Michigan State (#6) losing to unranked Purdue.
Virginia Tech (#10) losing to North Carolina (#11).
Maryland (#13) losing to unranked Illinois.
Texas Tech (#14) losing to unranked Kansas State.
Buffalo (#14) losing to unranked Northern Illinois by two (2) points.
Auburn (#16) losing to unranked South Carolina by three (3) points.
Auburn (#16) losing to Mississippi State (#22).
Iowa (#19) losing to unranked Minnesota by five (5) points.
Ole Miss (#20) losing to unranked Alabama.
Ole Miss (#20) losing to Iowa State (#24).
NC State (#21) losing to Louisville (#23).

The close calls this week (won by six points or less [two scores] or in overtime) included:
Tennesse (#1) defeating unranked Vanderbilt by five (5) points in overtime.
Michigan (#5) defeating unranked Minnesota by two (2) points.
Kansas (#9) defeating Iowa State (#24) by four (4) points.
Marquette (#12) defeating unranked Xavier by five (5) points.
Texas Tech (#14) defeating unranked Arkansas by three (3) points.
NC State (#21) defeating unranked Clemson by two (2) points.
LSU (#25) defeating unranked Missouri by six (6) points in overtime.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
Michigan State (#6) defeating Maryland (#13).
Michigan State (#6) defeating Iowa (#19).
Kentucky (#8) defeating Mississippi State (#22).
Kentucky (#8) defeating Kansas (#9).
Kansas (#9) defeating Iowa State (#24) by four (4) points.

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).

 

 

 

For Those Cold Winter Nights!

January 5, 2019

Sometime this winter, when you are looking for a hearty soup to serve, keep this one in mind.  It is “souper” easy to make and delicious to boot.  And, don’t let the title of this one scare you away, you can certainly control the amount of “heat” by seasoning to your specifications.

Spicy Potato Soup

Ingredients
1 Tablespoon of oil
1 pound of ground beef
1 small onion, chopped
1 teaspoon of minced garlic
4 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed
3 cans (8-ounces each) of tomato sauce
1 can (4-ounces) diced green chiles
4 cups of water
2 teaspoons of salt
2 teaspoons of parsley
1 teaspoon of tarragon
1-1/2 teaspoons of pepper
1 teaspoon of hot pepper sauce

Directions
Heat the oil in a large saucepan; stir in the beef, garlic, and onions, cooking until meat is no longer pink.  Add the remaining ingredients.  Bring to a boil and then reduce the temperature and simmer until the potatoes are tender (approximately 45 minutes to an hour).

College Football 2018, Week Nine!

October 28, 2018

The Spartans were at home this week to face the Purdue Boilermakers (who positively decimated the Ohio State Buckeyes last week).  But the Spartan defense stepped up (three interceptions) and Michigan State was able to get the win. The Big Ten continues to have five (5) teams ranked in the AP top-25 poll: Wisconsin [#20], Iowa [#18], Penn State [#17], Ohio State [#11], and Michigan [#5]).  And, as we near November and the final weeks of the season, there are only four (4) remaining undefeated teams in the top-25 (Alabama [#1], Clemson [#2], Notre Dame [#3], and UCF[#10]).

Next up for the Spartans, on the road to face the Terrapins of the University of Maryland.  Go Green!

The upsets this week included:
Texas (#6) losing to unranked Oklahoma State by three (3) points.
Washington (#15) losing to unranked Cal by two (2) points.
Texas A&M (#16) losing to unranked Mississippi State.
Oregon (#19) losing to unranked Arizona.
Wisconsin (#20) losing to unranked Northwestern.
South Florida (#21) losing to unranked Houston.
NC State (#22) losing to unranked Syracuse.
Appalachian State (#25) losing to unranked Georgia Southern.

The close calls this week (games that were won by a touchdown or less) included:
Washington State (#14) defeating Stanford (#24) by three (3) points.
Penn State (#17) defeating Iowa (#18) by six (6) points.
Kentucky (#15) defeating unranked Missouri by one (1) point.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
Georgia (#7) defeating Florida (#9).
Washington State (#14) defeating Stanford (#24) by three (3) points.
Penn State (#17) defeating Iowa (#18) by six (6) points.

Cheesecake of the Month — October 2018!

October 15, 2018

I was recently challenged by a colleague to attempt a “vegan” cheesecake.  Before I could do any research myself, another colleague had forwarded me a recipe for a quick and easy vegan cheesecake (courtesy of Vegangela).  Vegangela further referenced a recipe by Allyson Kramer that was gluten-free as well as vegan.

I adapted Allyson’s recipe a bit by substituting ground pecans for the almonds, and blueberry preserves for the blackberry topping . . . but, this “base” vegan cheesecake recipe could prove to be a keeper that just gets adjusted as I try new flavors.  Yum!

This recipe is super easy, and, it requires no baking!