Posts Tagged ‘Go Green!’

Graduation!

May 7, 2018

Happy Monday!  Tonight is our campus’ spring 2018 commencement ceremony.  With most campuses around the country following suit over the next several weeks, employability rankings seem like a most appropriate topic to post.

“A global employability ranking, designed by HR consultancy Emerging, conducted by research institute Trendence and published exclusively by Times Higher Education, reveals which universities the recruiters at top companies think are the best at preparing students for the workplace.”

Lo and behold!  Michigan State University (my undergraduate alma mater) comes in at #22 in the United States (#81 in the world).  While all eight (8) of the Ivy League schools finished in the top 25 nationally, Michigan State was the highest ranked Big Ten school and the only Big Ten school to finish in the top 25.  Go Green!

Source: www.timeshighereducation.com

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They Are The Champions!

April 3, 2018

Congratulations are in order for Villanova Wildcats who successfully navigated March Madness and the Road to the Final Four culminating in their NCAA College Basketball Tournament victory last night over the Michigan Wolverines.  It was an awesome season with a lot of great games (and more than the usual share of surprises along the way).  This is what makes college basketball so much fun (and aggravating at the same time, go figure).  Next up . . . the start of major league baseball and only a five month wait until the start of college football (and the Michigan State Spartans are in the way too early pre-season top-25 — woohoo!).

Final Four, 2018!

March 26, 2018

Is the cream starting to rise to the top?  There are still a a couple of “blue blood” teams left in the tournament, but the lower seeds continue to win.  Loyola University-Chicago (#11) continued its Cinderella story by advanced to the elite eight and then on to the Final Four!  On Thursday, only one of the higher seeds advanced (Michigan [#3]); whereas on Friday, only one of the higher seeds did NOT advance (Purdue [#2]).  On Saturday and Sunday all of the higher seeds advanced except for #9 Kansas State who could not get past this year’s Cinderella, Loyola-Chicago.  On to San Antonio next weekend for the Final Four!

Sweet Sixteen games
Villanova (#1) defeated West Virginia (#5)
Kansas (#1) defeated Clemson (#5) by four (4) points.
Duke (#2) defeated Syracuse (#11) by four (4) points.
Michigan (#3) defeated Texas A&M (#7)
Texas Tech (#3) defeated Purdue (#2)
Florida State (#9) defeated Gonzaga (#4)
Kansas State (#9) defeated Kentucky (#5) by three (3) points.
Loyola-Chicago (#11) defeated Nevada (#7) by one (1) point.

In the regional finals, there was only one #1/#2 matchup (Kansas/Duke in the midwest); a #1/#3 matchup (Villanova/Texas Tech in the east), a #3/#9 matchup (Michigan/Florida State in the West), and a #9/#11 matchup (Kansas State/Loyola Chicago) in the south).

Elite Eight games
Villanova (#1) defeating Texas Tech (#3)
Kansas (#1) defeating Duke (#2) by four (4) points in overtime.
Michigan (#3) defeating Florida State (#9) by four (4) points.
Loyola-Chicago (#11) defeating Kansas State (#9).

The madness continues.  Congratulations to the four teams who survived the second weekend to arrive at the Final Four.

The
East Regional Champs
Villanova (#1)

will play . . . the

Midwest Regional Champs
Kansas (#1),

and, the

South Regional Champs
Loyola-Chicago (#11)

will play . .  the

West Regional Champs
Michigan (#3).

Sweet Sixteen, 2018!

March 19, 2018

History was made this weekend when a #1 seed (Virginia) was defeated by a #16 seed (University of Maryland, Baltimore County) for the first-time ever in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.  Congratulations to UMBC!  Virginia was not the only “favored” seed to not survive the first weekend . . . eight (8) other higher-seeded teams lost in the first round: Arizona (#4), Wichita State (#4), TCU (#6), Miami (#6), Arkansas (#7), Missouri (#8), Creighton (#8), and Virginia Tech (#8).  Then in round two, the upsets continued with six (6) additional “favored” teams losing: Xavier (#1), North Carolina (#2), Cincinnati (#2), Tennessee (#3), Michigan State (#3), Auburn (#4).  Madness indeed.  The Michigan State Spartans took care of business to win their opening-round game against a formidable Bucknell team on Friday, but were unable to handle Syracuse’s zone defense and lost by two (2) points yesterday thus ending their season.   Congratulations are in order for the “Sweet Sixteen” survivors of the first weekend.  Good luck one and all next week!  Let the Madness continue?

East Regional
Villanova (#1)
Purdue (#2)
Texas Tech (#3)
West Virginia (#5)

South Regional
Kentucky (#5)
Nevada (#7)
Kansas State (#9)
Loyola-Chicago (#11)

Midwest Regional
Kansas (#1)
Duke (#2)
Clemson (#5)
Syracuse (#11)

West Regional
Michigan (#3)
Gonzaga (#4)
Texas A&M (#7)
Florida State (#9)

The Brackets are Set!

March 12, 2018

The ‘madness” has been ongoing all season, so we didn’t really have to wait for March, but now that March is here, the madness can officially begin!  I always look forward to this time of year and put together what I consider to be a quality bracket only to have it “busted” before the end of the first weekend.  I guess this is what makes the tournament so much fun (and aggravating if it is your team that falls early).  Here are the teams (and their seeds) in this year’s tournament.  My Spartans garnered a #3 seed in the Midwest  regional and will play Bucknell on Friday.  Good luck to all, and Go Green!

East Regional
#1 Villanova
#16  Long Island University/Radford

#8 Virginia Tech
#9 Alabama

#5 West Virginia
#12 Murray State

#4 Wichita State
#13 Marshall

#6 Florida
#11 St. Bonaventure/UCLA

#3 Texas Tech
#14 Stephen F. Austin

#7 Arkansas
#10 Butler

#2 Purdue
#15 Cal State Fullerton

South Regional
#1 Virginia
#16 University of Maryland, Baltimore County

#8 Creighton
#9 Kansas State

#5 Kentucky
#12 Davidson

#4 Arizona
#13 Buffalo

#6 Miami
#11 Loyola-Chicago

#3 Tennessee
#14 Wright State

#7 Nevada
#10 Texas

#2 Cincinnati
#15 Georgia State

Midwest Regional
#1 Kansas
#16 Pennsylvania

#8 Seton Hall
#9 NC State

#5 Clemson
#12 New Mexico State

#4 Auburn
#11Charleston

#6 TCU
#11 Arizona State/Syracuse

#3 Michigan State
#14 Bucknell

#7 Rhode Island
#10 Oklahoma

#2 Duke
#15 Iona

West Regional
#1 Xavier
#16 North Carolina Central/Texas Southern

#8 Missouri
#9 Florida State

#5 Ohio State
#12 South Dakota State

#4 Gonzaga
#13  UNC Greensboro

#6 Houston
#11 San Diego State

#3 Michigan
#14 Montana

#7 Texas A&M
#10 Providece

#2 North Carolina
#15 Lipscomb

 

Big Ten Tournament Champs, 2018!

March 5, 2018

Congratulations to the Michigan Wolverines who were crowned the Big Ten tournament champions yesterday.    The Spartans won their quarterfinal game against Wisconsin, but lost in their semi-final round to the Michigan Wolverines who then defeated Purdue in the finals to claim the title.    The Big Ten continues to have four teams among the AP top-25:  Michigan State [#2], Purdue [#8], Ohio State [#13], and Michigan [#15].

Next up for the Spartans: the NCAA Tournament.  The brackets and seedings will be revealed on Sunday.  Go Green!

The upsets this week included:
Michigan State (#2) losing to Michigan (#15).
Duke (#5) losing to unranked Virginia Tech by one (1) point.
Kansas (#6) losing to unranked Oklahoma State.
Purdue (#8) losing to Michigan (#15).
North Carolina (#9) losing to unranked Miami by three (3) points and losing to Duke (#5).
Texas Tech (#12) losing to West Virginia (#20).
Ohio State (#13) losing to unranked Penn State by one (1) point.
Auburn (#14) losing to unranked Arkansas.
Rhode Island (#17) losing to unranked St. Joseph’s and losing to unranked Davidson by two (2) points.
Clemson (#18) losing to unranked Syracuse by three (3) points.
West Virginia (#20) losing to unranked Texas.
Nevada (#21) losing to unranked San Diego State by five (5) points.
Kentucky (#23) losing to unranked Florida.
Middle Tennessee State (#24) losing to unranked Marshall.

The close calls this week (won by six points or less [two scores] or in overtime) included:
Virginia (#1) defeating unranked Louisville by one (1) point and defeating unranked Notre Dame by five (5) points.
Michigan State (#2) defeating unranked Wisconsin by three (3) points.
Xavier (#3) defeating unranked DePaul by three (3) points.
Villanova (#4) defeating unranked Seton Hall by one (1) point in overtime.
Wichita State (#11) defeating unranked UCF by four (4) points in overtime.
Texas Tech (#12) defeating unranked TCU by four (4) points.
Michigan (#15) defeating unranked Iowa by six (6) points in overtime.
Tennessee (#16) defeating unranked Georgia by five (5) points.
St. Mary’s (#22) defeating unranked Pepperdine by three (3) points.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
Duke (#5) defeating North Carolina (#9).
Cincinnati (#10) defeating Wichita State (#11) by one (1) point.

College Basketball 2018, Week Sixteen!

February 26, 2018

The Big Ten conference regular season has officially come to a close and the Spartans are the conference champions; and March is right around the corner.   The Spartans finished the season this week with wins over Illinois (at home) on Tuesday and then over Wisconsin (on the road) on Sunday and will enter the Big Ten Tournament later this week as the top seed.    The Big Ten continues to have four teams among the AP top-25:  Michigan State [#2], Purdue [#9], Ohio State [#16], and Michigan [#17].

Next up for the Spartans: the Big Ten tournament where they earned a double-bye and won’t play their first game until Friday against the winner of Thursday’s game featuring Maryland (#8 seed) versus Wisconsin (#9 seed).

The upsets this week included:
Villanova (#3) losing to unranked Creighton by six (6) points.
Texas Tech (#6) losing to unranked Oklahoma State and losing to Kansas (#8) by two (2) points.
Auburn (#12) losing to unranked Florida by six (6) points.
Arizona (#14) losing to unranked Oregon by five (5) points in overtime.
Clemson (#15) losing to unranked Virginia Tech.
Houston (#23) losing to unranked Memphis by six (6) points.
Florida State (#25) losing to unranked North Carolina State.

The close calls this week (won by six points or less [two scores] or in overtime) included:
Michigan State (#2) defeating unranked Wisconsin by five (5) points.
Gonzaga (#6) defeating unranked San Diego by five (5) points.
North Carolina (#10) defeating unranked Syracuse by four (4) points.
Wichita State (#13) defeating unranked SMU by six (6) points.
Ohio State (#16) defeating unranked Indiana by two (2) points in double overtime.
Rhode Island (#18) defeating unranked La Salle by two (2) points.
Tennessee (#19) defeating unranked Florida by five (5) points.

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

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).

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: