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College Basketball 2018, Week Fifteen!

February 19, 2018

It is not yet March, but the “madness” has been going on all season as the list of ranked teams losing to unranked teams continued this week.  Following their big win over Purdue last week, the Spartans moved up to #2 in the rankings (in the AP-poll; they are #1 in the Coaches poll) and won easily (30-point margin) on the road at Minnesota on Tuesday but had to rally back from as many as 27 points down in the first half (we were down 22 points at the half) on the road at Northwestern on Saturday!  What a comeback win on the road (the largest comeback in Big Ten history)!  Woot!  After allowing the Wildcats to score 49 in the first half, the Spartans held them to only 11 points in the second half!  The Big Ten conference currently has four teams in the AP top-25: Michigan State [#2], Purdue [#6], Ohio State [#8], and Michigan [#22].

Next up for the Spartans: at home versus Illinois tomorrow (February 20th) and then finishing up the regular season on the road against Wisconsin on Sunday (February 25th).  Go Green!

The upsets this week included:
Villanova (#3) losing to unranked Providence by five (5) points.
Cincinnati (#5) losing to unranked Houston by five (5) points and losing to Wichita State (#19) by four (4) points.
Purdue (#6) losing to unranked Wisconsin by four (4) points.
Texas Tech (#7) losing to unranked Baylor by two (2) points.
Ohio State (#8) losing to unranked Penn State and losing to Michigan (#22).
Auburn (#10) losing to unranked South Carolina.
Clemson (#11) losing to unranked Florida State by two (2) points and losing to Duke (#12).
Rhode Island (#16) losing to unranked St. Bonaventure by three (3) points.
Tennessee (#18) losing to unranked Georgia.
Texas A&M (#21) losing to unranked Missouri by four (4) points and losing to unranked Arkansas.
Oklahoma (#23) losing to unranked Texas.

The close calls this week (won by six points or less [two scores] or in overtime) included:
Michigan State (#2) defeating unranked Northwestern by five (5) points.
Purdue (#6) defeating unranked Penn State by three (3) points.
Kansas (#13) defeating unranked Iowa State by six (6) points.
Tennessee (#18) defeating unranked South Carolina by three (3) points.
Nevada (#24) defeating unranked Boise State by five (5) points and defeating unranked Utah State by six (6) points..

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
Villanova (#3) defeating Xavier (#4).
Texas Tech (#7) defeating Oklahoma (#23).
Kansas (#13) defeating West Virginia (#20).
Arizona (#17) defeating Arizona State (#25).

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College Basketball 2018, Week Fourteen!

February 12, 2018

What a season this is turning out to be.  The upsets among the top-25 continue as we rapidly approach March Madness and the Road to the Final Four.  The Spartans eked out yet another tough win on the road at Iowa on Tuesday and followed this up with a great win at home against the Purdue Boilermakers on Saturday (both wins by a mere three points).   The Big Ten conference continues to have four teams in the AP top-25 (and with the new poll, possibly three within the top-10): Purdue [#3], Michigan State [#4], Ohio State [#14], and Michigan [#20].

Next up for the Spartans: on the road to take on Minnesota tomorrow (February 13th), and then on the road against Northwestern on Saturday (February 17th).

The upsets this week included:
Villanova (#1) losing to unranked St. John’s by four (4) points.
Virginia (#2) losing to unranked Virginia Tech by one (1) point in overtime.
Purdue (#3) losing to Ohio State (#14) by one (1) point and losing to Michigan State (#4) by three (3) points.
Auburn (#8) losing to unranked Texas A&M by one (1) point.
Duke (#9) losing to North Carolina (#21) by four (4) points.
Kansas (#10) losing to unranked Baylor.
St. Mary’s (#11) losing to Gonzaga (#12).
Arizona (#13) losing to unranked UCLA.
Tennessee (#15) losing to unranked Alabama.
Oklahoma (#17) losing to West Virginia (#19) by two (2) points and losing to unranked Iowa State.
West Virginia (#19) losing to unranked Oklahoma State by three (3) points.
Michigan (#20) losing to unranked Northwestern.
Nevada (#23) losing to unranked UNLV.
Kentucky (#24) losing to unranked Texas A&M.
Miami (#25) losing to unranked Boston College by two (2) points.

The close calls this week (won by six points or less [two scores] or in overtime) included:
Virginia (#2) defeating unranked Florida State by four (4) points.
Michigan State (#4) defeating unranked Iowa by three (3) points and defeating Purdue (#3) by three (3) points.
Xavier (#5) defeating unranked Butler by five (5) points in overtime and defeating unranked Creighton by one (1) point.
Ohio State (#14) defeating Purdue (#3) by one (1) point.
Tennessee (#15) defeating Kentucky (#24) by two (2) points.
North Carolina (#21) defeating Duke (#9) by four (4) points.
Miami (#25) defeating unranked Wake Forest by six (6) points.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
Tennessee (#15) defeating Kentucky (#24) by two (2) points.

College Basketball 2018, Week Thirteen!

February 5, 2018

A weekend full of upsets (and a lot of “close calls”) among the ranked teams, but the Spartans were able to win both of their games this week.  The offensively-sluggish, turnover-prone Spartans once again found themselves fighting back from a double-digit deficit on Wednesday evening (twelve points behind early in the second half).  They eventually started hitting some shots and managed to rally to victory against the Penn State Nittany Lions.   Saturday evening had the Spartans on the road to Indiana where they held a lead for most of the game but only managed a three-point victory.  But a victory, on the road, nonetheless. The Big Ten conference has four teams in the AP top-25: Purdue [#3] Michigan State [#5], Ohio State [#17], and Michigan [#24].

Next up for the Spartans: on the road to play Iowa tomorrow (February 6th) and then at home versus Purdue on Saturday (February 10th).

The upsets this week included:
Duke (#4) losing to unranked St. John’s by four (4) points.
Kansas (#7) losing to unranked Oklahoma State by five (5) points.
Arizona (#9) losing to unranked Washington by three (3) points.
Oklahoma (#12) losing to unranked Texas by five (5) points.
West Virginia (#15) losing to unranked Iowa State.
Wichita State (#16) losing to unranked Temple by two (2) points in overtime.
Kentucky (#21) losing to unranked Missouri.
Florida (#23) losing to unranked Georgia and losing to unranked Alabama.
Arizona State (#25) losing to unranked Washington by four (4) points.

The close calls this week (won by six points or less [two scores] or in overtime) included:
Purdue (#3) defeating unranked Rutgers by two (2) points.
Michigan State (#5) defeating unranked Indiana by three (3) points.
Xavier (#6) defeating unranked St. John’s by five (5) points and defeating unranked Georgetown by five (5) points in overtime.
Texas Tech (#10) defeating unranked Texas by two (2) points.
Oklahoma (#12) defeating unranked Baylor by two (2) points.
Saint Mary’s (#13) defeating unranked San Diego by three (3) points.
Clemson (#20) defeating North Carolina (#19) by four (4) points.
Kentucky (#21) defeating unranked Vanderbilt by two (2) points in overtime.
Rhode Island (#22) defeating unranked Massachusetts by two (2) points.
Michigan (#24) defeating unranked Minnesota by three (3) points in overtime.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:

College Basketball 2018, Week Eleven!

January 22, 2018

The Spartans only had one game this week against the Hoosiers of Indiana and they found their groove for a dominating victory (despite their continued propensity for turnovers).   Only eleven (11) games remain in their conference schedule and the Spartans will be on the road for seven (7) of them.  This will be a huge test for the inconsistently performing and turnover prone Spartans who will have to bring all the intensity and discipline they possess to close out the season with some momentum.  The Big Ten conference now has four teams in the AP top-25 as the polls have finally included (rewarded?) both Ohio State and Michigan for their excellent play of late: Purdue [#3], Michigan State [#9], Ohio State [#22], and Michigan [#23].

Next up for the Spartans: on the road against Illinois tonight (January 22nd), at home versus Wisconsin on Friday (January 26th), and then on the road against Maryland on Sunday (January 28th).

The upsets this week included:
Oklahoma (#4) losing to unranked Kansas State and losing to unranked Oklahoma State by two (2) points in overtime.
West Virginia (#6) losing to Kansas (#10) by five (5) points.
Wichita State (#7) losing to unranked SMU by five (5) points and losing to unranked Houston.
Texas Tech (#8) losing to unranked Texas and losing to unranked Iowa State.
Gonzaga (#13) losing to unranked St. Mary’s by three (3) points.
Arizona State (#16) losing to unranked Stanford.
Auburn (#17) losing to unranked Alabama by five (5) points.
Kentucky (#18) losing to unranked South Carolina and losing to unranked Florida by two (2) points.
Seton Hall (#19) losing to unranked Creighton.
Tennessee (#21) losing to unranked Missouri by four (4) points.
Michigan (#23) losing to unranked Nebraska.
TCU (#24) losing to unranked Kansas State.

The close calls this week (won by six points or less [two scores] or in overtime) included:
Kansas (#10) defeating unranked Baylor by three (3) points.
Xavier (#11) defeating unranked St. John’s by six (6) points.
Arizona (#14) defeating unranked Stanford by two (2) points.
Ohio State (#22) defeating unranked Northwestern by six (6) points.
Michigan (#23) defeating unranked Maryland by one (1) point.
Miami (#25) defeating unranked NC State by five (5) points.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
Duke (#5) defeating Miami (#25).
Xavier (#11) defeating Seton Hall (#19).
North Carolina (#15) defeating Clemson (#20).

College Basketball 2018, Week Ten!

January 15, 2018

The Spartans seem to be struggling (big time) and while they managed to pull out a win at home in overtime against unranked Rutgers, being at home was not enough against their cross-state rival Michigan who came into East Lansing and took care of business to hand the Spartans their second loss in the Big Ten.  The Big Ten conference still only has two (2) teams in the AP top-25 (Purdue should remain in the top-5), but Michigan State will drop a bit.

Next up for the Spartans: at home versus Indiana on Friday (January 19th).

The upsets this week included:
West Virginia (#2) losing to Texas Tech (#8) by one (1) point.
Michigan State (#4) losing to unranked Michigan.
Texas Tech (#8) losing to Oklahoma (#9).
Arizona State (#11) losing to unranked Oregon by four (4) points.
Seton Hall (#13) losing to unranked Marquette.
TCU (#16) losing to unranked Texas by one (1) point in double overtime.
Miami (#18) losing to Clemson (#19).
Clemson (#19) losing to unranked North Carolina State by one (1) point.
Florida State (#23) losing to unranked Louisville by four (4) points.

The close calls this week (won by six points or less [two scores] or in overtime) included:
West Virginia (#2) defeating unranked Baylor by three (3) points.
Michigan State (#4) defeating unranked Rutgers by four (4) points in overtime.
Wichita State (#5) defeating unranked Tulsa by three (3) points.
Purdue (#5) defeating unranked Michigan by one (1) point.
Oklahoma (#9) defeating TCU (#16) by five (5) points.
Arizona State (#11) defeating unranked Oregon State by two (2) points.
Kansas (#12) defeating unranked Iowa State by five (5) points.
Kansas (#12) defeating unranked Kansas State by one (1) point.
North Carolina (#20) defeating unranked Notre Dame by one (1) point.
Kentucky (#21) defeating unranked Texas A&M by one (1) point.
Florida State (#23) defeating unranked Syracuse in double overtime.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
Villanova (#1) defeating Xavier (#10).
Oklahoma (#9) defeating TCU (#16) by five (5) points.
Xavier (#10) defeating Creighton (#25).

College Basketball 2018, Week Nine!

January 8, 2018

It is only the first week of 2018 and we are already past the mid-way point of the regular season (17 games in the books, 14 games remaining until March Madness).  In their first week ranked #1, the Spartans took care of business at home and won big on Thursday against Maryland and then went on the road to Ohio State for their first real road challenge.  The Spartans played their worst game of the season and found that they were totally dominated (and outplayed) by the Buckeyes.    Alas.   There has been no lack of upsets among the top-25 this year as ranked teams continue to be challenged (numerous ranked teams were beaten this week alone — four of the top five teams lost to unranked teams).   Has the Madness come to January this year? (So it would seem.)  The Big Ten conference continues to have only two teams in the AP top-25: Michigan State [#?] and Purdue [#13?].  But could Ohio State break into the top-25 this week after beating  #1 Michigan State?

Next up for the Spartans: at home versus Rutgers on Wednesday (January 10th) and then another home game versus Michigan on Saturday (January 13th).  Go Green!

The upsets this week included:
Michigan State (#1) losing to unranked Ohio State.
Duke (#2) losing to unranked North Carolina State.
Arizona State (#4) losing to unranked Colorado in overtime.
Xavier (#5) losing to unranked Providence.
Kansas (#10) losing to Texas Tech (#18)
Texas A&M (#11) losing to unranked Florida and losing to unranked LSU by one (1) point.
North Carolina (#12) losing to Florida State (#24) by one (1) point.
Arizona (#14) losing to unranked Colorado by three (3) points.
Miami (#15) losing to unranked Georgia Tech.
Kentucky (#17) losing to Tennessee (#23).
Arkansas (#22) losing to unranked Mississippi State by three (3) points and losing to unranked Auburn.
Tennessee (#23) losing to unranked Auburn.

The close calls this week (won by six points or less [two scores] or in overtime) included:
Arizona State (#4) defeating unranked Utah by three (3) points.
TCU (#16) defeating unranked Baylor by three (3) points in overtime.
Kentucky (#17) defeating uranked LSU by three (3) points.
Cincinnati (#19) defeating unranked Temple by two (2) points.
Seton Hall (#21) defeating unranked Butler by three (3) points.
Clemson (#25) defeating unranked Boston College by four (4) points and defeating unranked Louisville by five (5) points.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
West Virginia (#6) defeating Oklahoma (#7).
Virginia (#8) defeating North Carolina (#12).
Kansas (#10) defeating TCU (#16) by four (4) points.
Miami (#15) defeating Florida State (#24) by six (6) points.

College Basketball 2018, Week Eight!

January 2, 2018

Michigan State had an eight-day rest since their last game and had no trouble with Cleveland State on Friday (scoring over 100 points for the third straight game) and ended the week on Sunday facing Savannah State and again scoring over 100 points.  Following this last weekend’s games, the Spartans have moved up to the #1 ranking in college basketball and must now turn their attention to the Big Ten schedule.   The Big Ten conference only has two (2) teams in the AP top-25: Michigan State [#1] and Purdue [#13]. There are NO undefeated teams remaining in the AP top-25 as we begin the new year; the last three remaining undefeated teams (Villanova [#1], Arizona State [#3], and TCU [#10] all lost this last weekend.

Next up for the Spartans: at home versus Maryland on Thursday (January 4th) and then on the road against Ohio State on Sunday (January 7th).

The upsets this week included:
Villanova (#1) losing to unranked Butler.
Arizona State (#3) losing to Arizona (#17) by six (6) points.
Texas A&M (#5) losing to unranked Alabama
TCU (#10) losing to Oklahoma #12) by one (1) point.
Baylor (#14) losing to Texas Tech (#22).
Tennessee (#19) losing to unranked Arkansas by two (2) points in overtime.

The close calls this week (won by six points or less [two scores] or in overtime) included:
Xavier (#6) defeating unranked Marquette by four (4) points and defeating unranked DePaul by five (5) points.
West Virginia (#7) defeating unranked Oklahoma State by six (6) points.
Virginia (#5) defeating unranked Boston College by one (1) point.
Kansas (#11) defeating unranked Texas by six (6) points.
North Carolina (#13) defeating unranked Wake Forest by four (4) points.
Miami (#15) defeating unranked Middle Tennessee State by three (3) points.
Kentucky (#16) defeating unranked Georgia by five (5) points.
Seton Hall (#23) defeating Creighton (#25) by four (4) points and defeating unranked St. John’s by five (5) points. .

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
Duke (#4) defeating Florida State (#24).
Seton Hall (#23) defeating Creighton (#25) by four (4) points.

College Basketball 2018, Week Seven!

December 26, 2017

A good week for Michigan State!  The Spartans had a big game against Houston Baptist on Monday last week, scoring over one hundred points and pulling away to a forty-five (45) point margin of victory.  Coach Izzo was not overly pleased, and I don’t blame him, with their defense [they allowed too many offensive rebounds] and they continue to amass way too many turnovers.  But a win is still a win.   They followed this up with another victory on Thursday against Long Beach State University and again scored over one hundred points and a forty-two (42) point margin of victory.  Unfortunately, the Big Ten conference currently only has two (2) teams in the AP top-25: Michigan State [#2], and Purdue [#16].  And, with only a week left before conference play begins and there are only three (3) undefeated teams remaining (Villanova [#1], Arizona State [#3], and TCU).

Next up for the Spartans: at home versus Cleveland State on Friday (December 29th) and then another home game against Savannah State on Sunday (December 31st).

The upsets this week included:
North Carolina (#5) losing to unranked Wofford by four (4) points.
Miami (#6) losing to unranked New Mexico State.
Kentucky (#7) losing to unranked UCLA.
Gonzaga (#12) losing to unranked San Diego State by two (2) points.

The close calls this week (won by six points or less [two scores] or in overtime) included:
Texas A&M (#8) defeating unranked Northern Kentucky by six (6) points.
Xavier (#9) defeating unranked Marshall by four (4) points.
Tennessee (#21) defeating unranked Furman by five (5) points.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
There were no top-25 matchups this week.

College Basketball 2018, Week Six!

December 18, 2017

The Spartans have climbed to #2 in the AP and Coaches top-25 polls (behind undefeated Villanova).  Speaking of undefeated, there are only five (5) undefeated teams remaining in the top-25 (Villanova [#1], Arizona State [#5], Miami [#6], TCU [#14], and Florida State [#19].  The Big Ten conference is not looking very strong this year and currently only has two teams in the top-25: Michigan State [#2] and Purdue [#17] (yikes!).  Oh well, the Spartans made sure to get some good competition in during their non-conference schedule (three ACC top-10 teams in the month of November).  This past weekend, the Spartans won a hard-fought game against the Golden Grizzlies of Oakland University.  Oakland always seems to play the Spartans tough and this game was no different.  This was a closer game than the 13-point margin of victory would indicate.

Next up for the Spartans: at home versus Houston Baptist tonight (December 18th) and then another home game versus Long Beach State on Thursday (December 21st).

The upsets this week included:
Wichita State (#3) losing to unranked Oklahoma.
Seton Hall (#15) losing to unranked Rutgers.by six (6) points.
Notre Dame (#18) losing to unranked Indiana by three (3) points in overtime.
Florida State (#19) losing to unranked Oklahoma State by one (1) point.
Florida (#22) losing to unranked Clemson by two (2) points.

The close calls this week (won by six points or less [two scores] or in overtime) included:
North Carolina (#7) defeating Tennessee (#20) by five (5) points.
Xavier (#10) defeating unranked East Tennessee State by two (2) points.
Gonzaga (#12) defeating unranked North Dakota by six (6) point in overtime.
Kansas (#13) defeating unranked Nebraska by one (1) point.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
North Carolina (#7) defeating Tennessee (#20) by five (5) points.

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.