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College Basketball 2020, Week Eleven!

January 20, 2020

Michigan State played in only one game this week: a home game against Wisconsin.  The Spartans led from wire to wire to remain atop the Big Ten.    The Big Ten conference continues to have five (5) teams in the AP top-25: Michigan State [#15], Maryland [#17], Michigan [#19], Ohio State [#21], and Illinois [#24].  And, following the Auburn losses to Florida as well as Alabama this week, there is now just a single undefeated team in college basketball: San Diego State, who is currently ranked #7.  The proliferation of upsets and close call (near upset) basketball games this year among the ranked teams continues to wreak havoc in the rankings as teams are shuffled up, down, and out of the rankings at unprecedented levels.  March is coming . . . but the Madness has been ongoing all season!

Next up for the Spartans: a couple of road games, @ Indiana (Thursday) and @ Minnesota (Sunday).  Go Green!

The upsets this week included:
Duke (#3) losing to unranked Clemson.
Duke (#3) losing to Louisville (#11) by six (6) points.
Auburn (#4) losing to unranked Florida.
Auburn (#4) losing to unranked Alabama.
Butler (#5) losing to Seton Hall (#18).
Butler (#5) losing to unranked Depaul.
Oregon (#8) losing to unranked Washington State.
Kentucky (#10) losing to unranked South Carolina by three (3) points.
West Virginia (#12) losing to unranked Kansas State.
Wichita State (#16) losing to unranked Temple.
Wichita State (#16) losing to unranked Houston.
Maryland (#17) losing to unranked Wisconsin by two (2) points.
Michigan (#19) losing to unranked Iowa.
Colorado (#20) losing to unranked Arizona.
Ohio State (#21) losing to unranked Penn State.
Creighton (#25) losing to unranked Georgetown by three (3) points.

The close calls this week (won by six points or less [two scores] or in overtime) included:
Oregon (#8) defeating unranked Washington by three (3) points.
Florida State (#9) defeating unranked Virginia by four (4) points.
Florida State (#9) defeating unranked Miami by four (4) points.
Louisville (#13) defeating unranked Pittsburgh by five (5) points in overtime.
Dayton (#13) defeating unranked Saint Louis by two (2) points.
Villanova (#14) defeating unranked by four (4) points in overtime.
Villanova (#14) defeating unranked UConn by six (6) points.
Seton Hall (#18) defeating unranked St. John’s by three (3) points.
Illinois (#24) defeating unranked Northwestern by four (4) points.
Creighton (#25) defeating unranked Providence by four (4) points.

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

College Basketball 2020, Week Ten!

January 13, 2020

One observation at this early point in the season: it seems quite difficult to win a Big Ten game on the road; the “home teams” have fared well and hold the advantage so far with a 32-6 record (even Northwestern now has a home win); so far, only five teams have managed a road win (Michigan State, Illinois, Rutgers, Penn State, and Wisconsin[2]).    And, while the Spartans are currently leading the Big Ten (and are the only undefeated team in conference play, so far), they have eight (8) road games remaining . . . so buckle up for what promises to be an exciting second half to the basketball season.  The Spartans faced Minnesota Thursday evening and came out with a hard fought win following brilliant performances by both Xavier Tillman and Cassius Winston.  On Sunday the Spartans traveled to Purdue where there offense did not show up to play and found themselves on the losing side of the score in this loss on the road.   The Big Ten conference has five (5) teams in the AP top-25: Michigan State [#8], Ohio State [#11], Maryland [#12], Michigan [#19], and Penn State [#20]; and, there continues to be only two teams with unblemished records (Auburn and San Diego State).

Next up for the Spartans: at home to host the Badgers of Wisconsin (Friday).  Go Green!

The upsets this week included:
Kansas (#3) losing to Baylor (#4).
Michigan State (#8) losing to unranked Purdue.
Ohio State (#11) losing to Maryland (#12).
Ohio State (#11) losing to unranked Indiana.
Maryland (#12) losing to unranked Iowa.
Virginia (#18) losing to unranked Boston College.
Virginia (#18) losing to unranked Syracuse in overtime.
Michigan (#19) losing to unranked Minnesota.
Penn State (#20) losing to unranked Rutgers.
Penn State (#20) losing to unranked Wisconsin.
Memphis (#21) losing to Wichita State (#23).
Arizona State (#24) losing to unranked Oregon State.

The close calls this week (won by six points or less [two scores] or in overtime) included:
Auburn (#5) defeating unranked Vanderbilt by four (4) points.
Baylor (#5) defeating Texas Tech (#22) by five (5) points.
Oregon (#9) defeating Arizona (#24) by one (1) point in overtime.
Louisville (#13) defeating unranked Notre Dame by three (3) points.
Villanova (#16) defeating unranked Creighton by five (5) points.
Michigan (#19) defeating unranked Purdue by six (6) points in double overtime.
Memphis (#21) defeating unranked South Florida by four (4) points.
Wichita State (#23) defeating unranked UConn by three (3) points in overtime.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
Baylor (#5) defeating Texas Tech (#22) by five (5) points.
Oregon (#9) defeating Arizona (#24) by one (1) point in overtime.
West Virginia (#17) defeating Texas Tech (#22).

College Basketball 2020, Week Nine!

January 6, 2020

A big week for the Spartans (two wins).  The Fighting Illini were in town on Thursday and Michigan State led the entire game, and, despite only a six point advantage at halftime, pulled away in the second half for a dominant win.  Then on Sunday, the Wolverines came to town and the Spartans again led from wire to wire (including a doube-digit lead for most of the second half) for the win against a ranked opponent.   The Big Ten conference continues to have six (6) teams in the AP top-25: Ohio State [#5], Michigan [#12], Michigan State [#14], Penn State [#21], and Iowa [#23].  And, there continue to be only two undefeated teams (Auburn and San Diego State).

Next up for the Spartans: a home game against the Golden Gophers of Minnesota (Thursday) and then on the road to West Lafayette to take on the Boilermakers of Purdue (Sunday).  Go Green!

The upsets this week included:
Oregon (#4) losing to unranked Colorado.
Ohio State (#5) losing to unranked Wisconsin by four (4) points.
Louisville (#7) losing to Florida State (#18).
Memphis (#9) losing to unranked Georgia by three (3) points.
Villanova (#10) losing to unranked Marquette.
Michigan (#12) losing to Michigan State (#14).

The close calls this week (won by six points or less [two scores] or in overtime) included:
Gonzaga (#1) defeating unranked Pepperdine by five (5) points.
Oregon (#4) defeating unranked Utah by five (5) points.
Villanova (#10) defeating unranked Xavier by six (6) points.
Butler (#11) defeating unranked St. Johns by two (2) points.
Penn State (#21) defeating Iowa (#23) by three (3) points.
Wichita State (#24) defeating unranked East Carolina by six (6) points.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
Kansas (#3) defeating West Virginia (#16).
Penn State (#21) defeating Iowa (#23) by three (3) points.

College Basketball 2020, Week Eight!

December 30, 2019

The Spartans of Michigan State lone game this week was against the Broncos of Western Michigan which the Spartans won easily.  The Big Ten conference continues to have six (6) teams in the AP top-25: Ohio State [#2], Michigan [#11], Maryland [#13], Michigan State [#14], Penn State [#20], and Iowa [#25].   There continue to be only two undefeated teams (Auburn and San Diego State) as we head into the new year and the beginning of conference play.  All in all, a quiet week over the holiday, but a few surprises nonetheless.

Next up for the Spartans: at home to face the Illini of Illinois (Thursday) as Big Ten play recommences and then at home to host the Wolverines of Michigan (Sunday).  Go Green!

The upsets this week included:
Ohio State (#2) losing to West Virginia (#22).
Louisville (#3) losing to Kentucky (#19) in overtime.
Washington (#21) 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:
None.

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

College Basketball 2020, Week Seven!

December 23, 2019

The Spartans of Michigan State became the first team to win a road game in Big Ten play (@Northwestern)!  Granted it is early in the season, but road wins are road wins, and as shown this first week, hard to come by.  Michigan State followed this up with a second win for the week on Saturday against the Eagles of Eastern Michigan.     The Big Ten conference has five (5) teams in the AP top-25: Ohio State [#5], Maryland [#7], Michigan [#14], Michigan State [#15],  and Penn State [#23].  There are only two teams in the AP top-25 that remain undefeated (Auburn [#12]  and San Diego State [#20]).

Next up for the Spartans: at home to take on the Broncos of Western Michigan.  Go Green!

The upsets this week included:
Kansas (#1) losing by one (1) point to Villanova (#18).
Kentucky (#6) losing to unranked Utah by three (3) points and losing to #5 Ohio State).
Maryland (#7) losing to unranked Seton Hall by four (4) points.
Virginia (#9) losing to unranked South Carolina.
Dayton (#13) losing to unranked Colorado by two (2) points in overtime.
Arizona (#16) losing to unranked St. John’s by three (3) points.
Tennessee (#21) losing to unranked Cincinnati.

The close calls this week (won by six points or less [two scores] or in overtime) included:
Ohio State (#5) defeating Kentucky (#6) by six (6) points.
Oregon (#8) defeating unranked Texas Southern by six (6) points.
Auburn (#12) defeating unranked North Carolina State by six (6) points.
Michigan State (#15) defeating unranked Northwestern by five (5) points.
Florida State (#19) defeating unranked South Florida by six (6) points.
Texas Tech (#24) defeating unranked Southern Mississippi by six (6) points.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
Ohio State (#5) defeating Kentucky (#6) by six (6) points.

College Basketball 2020, Week Six!

December 16, 2019

The Spartans of Michigan State traveled to Detroit to take on the Grizzlies of Oakland University and cruised to an easy win despite another poor-shooting effort (from the 3-point line) with more turnovers than I would like to see (17).  However, the defense showed up and the Grizzlies shot even more poorly than the Spartans (except from the 3-point line).  Still some things to fix, but March is more than three months away, so there is time to make corrections (we’ll have to wait and see how things progress).  Surprisingly enough, Michigan State has only played one game and is already in sole possession of 1st place in the conference and are the only team in the Big Ten without a Big Ten loss on their record (we [and Northwestern] have only played one game [we will face each other on Wednesday this week] and everyone else has played two games and are all 1-1)   The Big Ten conference has four (4) teams in the AP poll top-25: Ohio State [#3], Maryland [#4], Michigan [#5] and Michigan State [#16].  Note: we are still in December and there are only two (2) teams in the top-25 that are still undefeated (Auburn and San Diego State).  It is going to be a crazy season!

Next up for the Spartans: @ Northwestern to face the Wildcats on Wednesday, and then at home on Sunday to take on the Eagles of Eastern Michigan.  Go Green!

The upsets this week included:
Louisville (#1) losing to unranked Texas Tech.
Ohio State (#3) losing to unranked Minnesota.
Maryland (#4) losing to unranked Penn State.
Michigan (#5) losing to unranked Illinois.
Michigan (#5) losing to Oregon (#10) by one (1) point in overtime.
North Carolina (#17) losing to unranked Wofford by four (4) points.
Seton Hall (#22) losing to unranked Rutgers.
Xavier (#23) losing to unranked Wake Forest by two (2) points.
Colorado (#24) losing to Northern Iowa by three (3) points.

The close calls this week (won by six points or less [two scores] or in overtime) included:
Baylor (#11) defeating Butler (#18) by one (1) point.
Auburn (#12) defeating unranked Saint Louis by six (6) points.
Memphis (#13) defeating Tennessee (#19) by four (4) points.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
Gonzaga (#6) defeating Arizona (#15).
Baylor (#11) defeating Butler (#18) by one (1) point.
Memphis (#13) defeating Tennessee (#19) by four (4) points.

College Basketball 2020, Week Five!

December 9, 2019

The Spartans of Michigan State lost their third game of the young season (to Duke [in East Lansing, no less]).  So they  are definitely NOT living up to their pre-season hype/billing . . . alas (yes, I know March is still a long way away, but the Spartans have a lot to figure out yet).   Michigan State did win their Big Ten conference opener against Rutgers yesterday.   The Big Ten conference has four (4) teams in the AP top-25: Maryland [#3], Michigan [#4], Ohio State [#6], and Michigan State [#11].

Next up for the Spartans: on the road to face the Grizzlies of Oakland University.  Go Green!

The upsets this week included:
Virginia (#5) losing to unranked Purdue.
Arizona (#12) losing to Baylor (#18) by five (5) points.
Seton hall (#16) losing to unranked Iowa State.
Florida State (#17) losing to unranked Indiana.

The close calls this week (won by six points or less [two scores] or in overtime) included:
Maryland (#3) defeating unranked Illinois by one (1) point.
Auburn (#14) defeating unranked Furman by three (3) points.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
Louisville (#1) defeating Michigan (#4).
Kansas (#3) defeating Colorado (#20).
Virginia (#5) defeating North Carolina (#7).
Ohio State (#6) defeating North Carolina (#7).
Gonzaga (#9) defeating Washington (#22).
Duke (#10) defeating Michigan State (#11).

College Basketball 2020, Week Four!

December 2, 2019

Well, it is early in the season, but the Spartans have already suffered their second loss of the season (to the Virginia Tech Hokies), but followed up this loss with a couple of wins (Georgia and UCLA) for fifth place at the Maui Jim Maui Invitation Tournament.  This week proved to be a challenging week for many ranked teams who suffered losses.  The Big Ten conference has three (3) teams in the AP top-25: Michigan State [#3, but will definitely drop a bit], Maryland [#5] and Ohio State [#10].  Following a couple of big wins against ranked opponents, Michigan may find itself among the ranked this week.

Next up for the Spartans: at home to host the Duke Blue Devils [#1] on Tuesday.  Go Green!

The upsets this week included:
Duke (#1) losing to unranked Stephen F. Austin by two (2) points in overtime.
Michigan State (#3) losing to unranked Virginia Tech by five (5) points.
North Carolina (#6) losing to unranked Michigan.
Gonzaga (#8) losing to unranked Michigan.
Texas Tech (#12) losing to unranked Iowa.
Texas Tech (#12) losing to unranked Creighton in overtime.
Utah State (#15) losing to unranked St. Mary’s.
Tennessee (#17) losing to unranked Florida State by three (3) points.
VCU (#20) losing to unranked Purdue by three (3) points.

The close calls this week (won by six points or less [two scores] or in overtime) included:
Kansas (#4) defeating unranked Dayton by six (6) points in overtime.
Arizona (#14) defeating unranked Pepperdine by two (2) points.
Memphis (#16) defeating unranked NC State by five (5) points.
Colorado (#21) defeating unranked Clemson by four (4) points.
Florida (#24) defeating unranked Marshall by six (6) points.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
North Carolina (#6) defeating Oregon (#11) by four (4) points.
Gonzaga (#8) defeating Oregon (#11) by one (1) point.
Oregon (#11) defeating Seton Hall (#13) by two (2) points.
Tennessee (#17) defeating VCU (#20) by three (3) points.

College Basketball 2020, Week Three!

November 25, 2019

The Spartans of Michigan State only faced one opponent this week, the Buccaneers of Charleston Southern.  The Spartans won easily.   The Big Ten conference has three (3) teams in the AP top-25 (all in the top-10): Michigan State [#3], Maryland [#6], and Ohio State [#10].

Next up for the Spartans: at the Maui Invitational Tournament to take on the Hokies of Virginia Tech later today.  Go Green!

The upsets this week included:
Villanova (#17) losing to Baylor (#24).
Xavier (#18) losing to unranked Florida by five (5) points.
Texas (#22) losing to unranked Georgetown.

The close calls this week (won by six points or less [two scores] or in overtime) included:
Louisville (#2) defeating unranked Akron by six (6) points.
Virginia (#7) defeating unranked Vermont by six (6) points.
Virginia (#7) defeating unranked Arizona State by three (3) points.
Gonzaga (#8) defeating unranked UT Arlington by six (6) points.
Utah State (#15) defeating unranked LSU by two (2) points.
Memphis (#16) defeating unranked Ole Miss by one (1) point.
Xavier (#18) defeating unranked UConn by one (1) point.

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

College Basketball 2020, Week Two!

November 18, 2019

The Spartans of Michigan State dropped to #3 in the AP poll this week.  Michigan State only had one game this week (@ #12 Seton Hall) which was a close, back-and-forth game that the Spartans managed to win.  Am excellent “road-test” against a ranked opponent at this early point in the season.  The Big Ten conference now has three (3) teams in the AP top-25: Michigan State [#3], Maryland [#7], and Ohio State [#16].

Next up for the Spartans: at home to face the Buccaneers of Charleston Southern tonight.  Go Green!

The upsets this week included:
Kentucky (#1) losing to unranked Evansville by three (3) points.
Villanova (#10) losing to Ohio State (#16).
Memphis (#13) losing to Oregon (#14).
Florida (#15) losing to unranked UConn by three (3) points.
St. Mary (#18) losing to unranked Winthrop by two (2) points.
Washington (#20) losing to unranked Tennessee.
LSU (#23) losing to unranked VCU by two (2) points.

The close calls this week (won by six points or less [two scores] or in overtime) included:
Michigan State (#3) defeating Seton Hall (#12) by three (3) points.
Florida (#15) defeating unranked Towson by six (6) points.
Xavier (#21) defeating unranked Missouri by five (5) points and defeating unranked Missouri State by three (3) points.
Auburn (#22) defeating unranked South Alabama by one (1) point.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
Michigan State (#3) defeating Seton Hall (#12) by three (3) points.