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College Basketball 2017, Week Fifteen!

February 13, 2017

The Spartans managed to split their games this week (losing at Michigan but winning at home against Iowa).  Still a lot of work to be done before the end of the season if the Spartans want to make the dance.  The Big Ten only has three (3)  teams currently in the AP top-25: Wisconsin (#7), Purdue (#16),  and Maryland (#21).  Gonzaga (#1) continues its perfect season and remains the only undefeated team among the top-25.

Next up for the Spartans: at home against Ohio State (Tuesday) then on the road against Purdue (#21).    Go Green!

The upsets this week included:
Louisville (#4) losing to Virginia (#12).
Oregon (#5) losing to UCLA (#10) by three (3) points.
Wisconsin (#7) losing to unranked Northwestern.
North Carolina (#8) losing to Duke (#18).
Cincinnati (#11) losing to SMU (#25).
Vriginia (#12) losing to unranked Virginia Tech by two (2) points in double overtime.
Florida State (#14) losing to unranked Notre Dame.
South Carolina (#19) losing to unranked Alabama by four (4) points in quadruple overtime.
Maryland (#21) losing to unranked Penn State by six (6) points.
Butler (#22) losing to unranked Providence by six (6) points.

The close calls this week (won by six points or less [two scores] or in overtime) included:
Kansas (#3) defeating unranked Kansas State by three (3) points.
Kansas (#3) defeating unranked Texas Tech by one (1) point.
Louisville (#4) defeating unranked Miami by five (5) points.
Baylor (#6) defeating unranked Oklahoma State by three (3) points.
Wisconsin (#7) defeating unranked Nebraska by one (1) point in overtime.
Arizona (#9) defeating unranked Cal by five (5) points.
Purdue (#16) defeating unranked Indiana by five (5) points.
Duke (#18) defeating unranked Clemson by two (2) points.
South Carolina (#19) defeating unranked Mississippi State by four (4) points.
Butler (#22) defeating unranked Marquette by three (3) points.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
Gonzaga (#1) defeating St. Mary’s (#20).
Villanova (#2) defeating Xavier (#24).

College Basketball 2017, Week Fourteen!

February 6, 2017

The Spartans only had one game this week (on the road at Nebraska) and managed to come away with a well-earned road victory. The Big Ten currently has four (4)  teams in the AP top-25: Wisconsin (#10), Maryland (#17),  Purdue (#23) and Northwestern (#25).  Gonzaga, as the only undefeated team remaining among the top-25, has finally climbed into the #1 spot in the rankings.  Way to go Zags!

Next up for the Spartans: on the road at Michigan (tomorrow) then home against Iowa (Saturday).    Go Green!

The upsets this week included:
Baylor (#2) losing to Kansas (#3) by five (5) points.
Baylor (#2) losing to unranked Kansas State by two (2) points.
Kansas (#3) losing to unranked Iowa State by three (3) points in overtime.
Arizona (#5) losing to Oregon (#13).
West Virginia (#7) losing to unranked Oklahoma State.
Kentucky (#8) losing to Florida (#23).
Virginia (#9) losing to unranked Syracuse by four (4) points.
Notre Dame (#20) losing to Duke (#21).
Butler (#16) losing to Creighton (#22).
Maryland (#17) losing to Purdue (#23) by one (1) point.
Creighton (#22) losing to unranked Xavier by two (2) points.

The close calls this week (won by six points or less [two scores] or in overtime) included:
Wisconsin (#10) defeating unranked Indiana by five (5) points.
North Carolina (#12) defeating unranked Pittsburgh by two (2) points.
Oregon (#13) defeating unranked Arizona State by one (1) point.
Cincinnati (#14) defeating unranked Tulsa by two (2) points.
Maryland (#17) defeating unranked Ohio State by six (6) points.
St. Mary’s (#18) defeating unranked Pacific by four (4) points.
South Carolina (#19) defeating unranked Georgia by two (2) points.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
North Carolina (#12) defeating Notre Dame (#20).
Purdue (#23) defeating Northwestern (#25).

College Basketball 2017, Week Thirteen!

January 30, 2017

The Michigan State inconsistency continues losing to Purdue early in the week, but finding a way to win against the Wolverines yesterday.   The Big Ten only has three (3)  teams currently in the AP top-25: Wisconsin (#15), Purdue (#20),  and Maryland (#22).  Gonzaga (#3) is the only undefeated team remaining among the top-25 in a week that was fraught with upsets and close calls among the top-25.

Next up for the Spartans: on the road at Nebraska (Thursday).    Go Green!

The upsets this week included:
Villanova (#1) losing to unranked Marquette by two (2) points.
Kansas (#2) losing to West Virginia (#18).
Kentucky (#4) losing to unranked Tennessee by two (2) points.
Florida State (#6) losing to unranked Georgia Tech.
Florida State (#6) losing to unranked Syracuse.
UCLA(#8) losing to unranked USC.
North Carolina (#9) losing to unranked Miami.
Oregon (#10) losing to unranked Colorado.
Butler (#11) losing to unranked Georgetown.
Notre Dame (#14) losing to unranked Georgia Tech two (2) points.
Creighton (#16) losing to unranked Georgetown
Duke (#17) losing to unranked NC State by two (2) points.
Purdue (#20) losing to unranked Nebraska by three (3) points.

The close calls this week (won by six points or less [two scores] or in overtime) included:
Wisconsin (#15) defeating unranked Rutgers in overtime.
Duke (#17) defeating unranked Wake Forest by two (2) points.
West Virginia (#18) defeating unranked Texas A&M by four (4) points.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
Villanova (#1) defeating Virginia (#12) by two (2) points.
Kansas (#2) defeating Kentucky (#4) by six (6) points.
Baylor (#5) defeating unranked Texas Tech by four (4) points.
Baylor (#5) defeating unranked Ole Miss by three (3) points.
Oregon (#10) defeating unranked Utah by six (6) points.
Virginia (#12) defeating Notre Dame (#14).
Cincinnati (#19) defeating Xavier (#24).

College Basketball 2017, Week Twelve!

January 23, 2017

The Spartans traveled to Bloomington to face the Hoosiers of Indiana  . . . The Big Ten only has three (3)  teams currently in the AP top-25: Wisconsin (#17), Purdue (#21),  and Maryland (#25).  And, Gonzaga (#4) is the only undefeated team remaining among the top-25.

Next up for the Spartans: at home against Purdue (Tuesday) then on the road to Michigan (Sunday).    Go Green!

The upsets this week included:
UCLA (#3) losing to Arizona (#14).
Creighton (#7) losing to unranked Marquette.
West Virginia (#7) losing to unranked Oklahoma by two (2) points in overtime.
West Virginia (#7) losing to unranked Kansas State by four (4) points.
Florida (#19) losing to South Carolina (#24) by four (4) points.
Florida (#19) losing to unranked Vanerbilt by two (2) points.

The close calls this week (won by six points or less [two scores] or in overtime) included:
Kansas (#2) defeating unranked Iowa State by four (4) points.
Butler (#13) defeating unranked DePaul by one (1) point in overtime.
Wisconsin (#17) defeating unranked Michigan by four (4) points.
Wisconsin (#17) defeating unranked Minnesota by two (2) points in overtime.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
Kentucky (#5) defeating South Carolina (#23).
Creighton (#7) defeating Xavier (#22) by five (5) points.
Florida (#10) defeating Notre Dame (#15) by three (3) points.
Florida State (#10) defeating Louisville (#12) by five (5) points.

College Basketball, Week Eleven!

January 16, 2017

Well the Spartans continue to surprise — they beat Minnesota (#24) at home then fell on the road at Ohio State.  The inconsistencies continue.  The Big Ten only has three (3)  teams currently in the AP top-25: Purdue (#17), Wisconsin (#18), and Minnesota (#24).  Will Minnesota’s lossess this week (2) drop them from the top-25?  And, following Baylor’s loss, there is now only one undefeated team remaining among the top-25:  Gonzaga (#5).

Next up for the Spartans: a light week (only one game) — on the road against Indiana (Saturday).    Go Green!

The upsets this week included:
Baylor (#1) losing to West Virginia (#10).
Duke (#7) losing to Florida State (#9).
Duke (#7) loing to Louisville (#14).
Florida State (#9) losing to North Carolina (#11).
Purdue (#17) losing to unranked Iowa by five (5) points.
Minnesota (#24) losing to unranked Michigan State.
Minnesota (#24) losing to unranked Penn State by two (2) points.
Kansas State (#25) losing to unranked Texas Tech by one (1) point.
USC (#25) losing to unranked Utah.

The close calls this week (won by six points or less [two scores] or in overtime) included:
UCLA (#4) defeating unranked Utah by one (1) point.
Kentucky (#6) defeating unranked Vanderbilt by six (6) points.
West Virginia (#10) defeating unranked Texas by two (2) points.
North Carolina (#11) defeating unranked Wake Forest by six (6) points.
Louisville (#14) defeating unranked Pittsburgh by five (5) points.
Virginia (#19) defeating unranked Clemson by four (4) points.
Notre Dame (#20) defeating unranked Miami by five (5) points.
Notre Dame (#20) defeating unranked Virginia Tech by five (5) points.
Cincinnati (#22) defeating unranked SMU by two (2) points.
Florida (#23) defeating unranked Georgia by four (4) points in overtime.
USC (#25) defeating unranked Colorado by three (3) points.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
Baylor (#1) defeating Kansas State (#25).
Villanova (#3) defeating Xavier (#15).
Gonzaga (#5) defeating Saint Mary (#21).
Creighton (#8) defeating Butler (#12).
Butler (#12) defeating Xavier (#15) by five (5) points.

College Basketball 2017, Week Ten!

January 9, 2017

The Spartans managed a victory at home over Rutgers (Wednesday) then fell on the road to Penn State (Saturday).  Despite the loss, the Spartans are tied for first in the Big Ten (with Minnesota, Purdue and Nebraska, each with only one loss so far at this early juncture in the season). Hang on, it could be a wild ride this year.  The Big Ten only has three (3)  teams currently in the AP top-25: Wisconsin (#13), Purdue (#20), and Indiana (#25).  And, the number of undefeated teams among the top-25 has dropped to two (2): Baylor (#1), and  Gonzaga (#5).

Next up for the Spartans: at home against Minnesota (Wednesday) then on the road to Ohio State (Sunday).    Go Green!

The upsets this week included:
Villanova (#1) losing to Butler (#18).
West Virginia (#7) losing to unranked Texas Tech by one (1) point in overtime.
Louisville (#9) losing to Notre Dame (#23).
Virginia (#11) losing to unranked Pittsburgh.
Wisconsin (#13) losing to Purdue (#20).
Virginia Tech (#21) losing to unranked NC State.
USC (#23) losing to unranked California by one (1) point.

The close calls this week (won by six points or less [two scores] or in overtime) included:
Baylor (#2) defeating unranked Iowa State by two (2) points  then defeating unranked Oklahoma State by four (4)  points..
Kansas (#3) defeating unranked Kansas State by two (2) points.
North Carolina (#14) defeating unranked Clemson by three (3) points in overtime.
Butler (#18) defeating unranked Georgetown in overtime.
Purdue (#20) defeated Ohio State by only one (1) point.
Notre Dame (#23) defeating unranked Clemson by five (5) points.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
Florida State (#12) defeating Virginia Tech (#21)
Wisconsin (#13) defeating Indiana (#25).

College Basketball 2017, Week Nine!

January 2, 2017

Now that the college football season is nearly over (the final game [championship game] is next Monday — Alabama versus Clemson), it is time to divert our attention to college basketball . . . where we will pick up the action in week nine.  There are currently only three (3) undefeated teams remaining among the top-25 at this early juncture in the season: Villanova (#1), Baylor (#4), and  Gonzaga (#7).  The Spartan’s non-conference schedule was positively brutal (4 top-25 teams, we lost all four) and the numerous injuries certainly hasn’t helped them much either.  But the conference schedule got underway this week on the road against Minnesota and at home against Northwestern. The Spartans were able to eke out a come-from-behind win (by one (1) point) in overtime against Minnesota followed up with a victory in their home opener against Northwestern later in the week. The Big Ten only has three (3)  teams currently in the AP top-25: Wisconsin (#14), Purdue (#15), and Indiana (#16) — it could be a down year for the Big Ten.

Next up for the Spartans: a couple of home games, Rutgers (Wednesday) and Penn State (Saturday).    Go Green!

The upsets this week included:
UCLA (#2) losing to Oregon (#21) by two (2) points.
Duke (#5) losing to unranked Virginia Tech.
Louisville (#6) losing to Virginia (#12).
North Carolina (#9) losing to unranked Georgia Tech.
Virginia (#12) losing to Florida (#20) by two (2) points.
Butler (#13) losing to unranked St. Johns by three (3) points.
Purdue (#15) losing to unranked Minnesota in overtime.
Indiana (#16) losing to unranked Nebraska by four (4) points.

The close calls this week (won by six points or less [two scores] or in overtime) included:
Villanova (#1) defeating unranked DePaul by three (3) points.
Kansas (#3) defeating unranked TCU by six (6) points.
Xavier (#17) defeating unranked Georgetown by five (5) points.
Arizona (#18) defeating unranked California by five (5) points.
Cincinnati (#23) defeating unranked Temple by six (6) points.
Notre Dame (#24) defeating unranked Pittsburgh by one (1) point.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
Villanova (#1) defeating Creighton (#10).
Louisville (#6) defeating Indiana (#16).
Oregon (#21) defeating USC (#22).

College Football 2016, Week Fourteen!

December 4, 2016

The Big Ten Conference crowned its conference champion yesterday!  Congratulations to the Nittany Lions of Penn State!

There are only two unbeaten teams remaining (Alabama and Western Michigan) and the Big Ten Conference has five teams in the CFP rankings (four in the top-10):   Ohio State [#2], Michigan [#5], Wisconsin [#6],  Penn State [#7], and Nebraska [#16].  Now we just have to wait until later today to see what the final College Football Playoff rankings will be!  Next on the schedule . . . bowl season!

The upsets during Conference Championship Week included:
Wisconsin (#6) losing to Penn State (#7) by seven (7) points.
Navy (#19) losing to unranked Temple.

The close calls this week (games that were won by a touchdown or less) included:
West Virginia (#16) defeating unranked Baylor by three (3) points.
Western Michigan (#17) defeating unranked Ohio by six (6) points.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
Alabama (#1) defeating Florida (#15).
Clemson (#3) defeating Virginia Tech (#23) by seven (7) points.
Washington (#4) defeating Colorado (#8).
Oklahoma (#9) defeating Oklahoma State (#10).

College Football 2016, Week Thirteen!

November 27, 2016

The regular season is drawing to a close . . . and the Spartans were once again over-matched against #7 Penn State.

There are only two unbeaten teams remaining (Alabama and Western Michigan) and the Big Ten Conference has five teams in the CFP rankings (four in the top-10):   Ohio State [#2], Michigan [#3], Wisconsin [#6],  Penn State[#7], and Nebraska [#16]. But following the Michigan/Ohio State  and other games this weekend, this may change (we’ll know on Tuesday evening).

Next up for the Spartans: No one, our season is over.  We’ll see what 2017 brings.   Now, on to college basketball where the Spartans have already  had their share of challenges in November.  Go Green!

The upsets this week included:
Louisville (#11) losing to unranked Kentucky by three (3) points.
Nebraska (#16) losing to unranked Iowa.
Tennessee (#17) losing to unranked Vanderbilt.
Boise State (#19) losing to unranked Air Force by seven (7) points.
Houston (#20) losing to unranked Memphis by four (4) points.

The close calls this week (games that were won by a touchdown or less) included:
Ohio State (#2) defeated Michigan (#3) in double overtime by three (3) points.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
Alabama (#1) defeated Auburn (#13).
Ohio State (#2) defeated Michigan (#3) in double overtime by three (3) points.
Washington (#5) defeated Washington State (#23).
Colorado (#9) defeated Utah (#22) by five (5) points..
Florida State (#14) defeated Florida (#15).

College Football 2016, Week Twelve!

November 20, 2016

The Spartans played a great game, made a lot of Ohio State fans nervous, but fell a two-point conversion short of defeating the #2 ranked team in the country!  Alas!  All eyes are now on next week’s match-up between #2 Ohio State and #3 Michigan.  We shall see how the playoff picture changes (if at all) on Tuesday evening.

There are only two unbeaten teams remaining (Alabama and Western Michigan) and the Big Ten Conference has five teams in the CFP rankings (four in the top-10):   Ohio State [#2], Michigan [#3], Wisconsin [#7],  Penn State[#8], and Nebraska [#18].

Next up for the Spartans: on the road to visit the Nittany Lions of Penn State.   Go Green!

The upsets this week included:
Louisville (#5) losing to unranked Houston.
Utah (#12) losing to unranked Oregon by two (2) points.
LLSU (#16) losing to Florida (#23) by six (6) points.

The close calls this week (games that were won by a touchdown or less) included:
Ohio State (#2) defeating unranked Michigan State by one (1) point.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
Oklahoma (#9) defeating West Virginia (#14).
Colorado (#10) defeating Washington State (#22).