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March Madness 2017, Down to Sixteen!

March 20, 2017

The first weekend of the NCAA Tournament has come to a close and the field has been cut to the Sweet Sixteen.  As with the first round of games, there were a couple of surprises (a #1 seed, two #2 seeds, and one #3 seed all lost this round). The biggest surprise?  Villanova (#1 overall seed and the first #1 seed to lose) losing to Wisconsin (#8 seed).  But several close games and several lower seeds moving on.  All in all, a very entertaining weekend of play for college basketball fans.  The Madness continues!

Next up for the Spartans?  No one . . . . until next season!    Go Green!

The upsets in the tournament during the second round this first weekend included:
Villanova (#1) losing to Wisconsin (#8).
Louisville (#2) losing to Michigan (#7).
Duke (#2) losing to South Carolina (#7)
Florida State (#3) losing to Xavier (#11).

The teams remaining (by regional):

East Regional
Baylor (#3)
Florida (#4)
South Carolina (#7)
Wisconsin (#8)

Midwest Regional
Kansas (#1)
Oregon (#3)
Purdue (#4)
Michigan (#7)

South Regional (top four seeds advanced)
North Carolina (#1)
Kentucky (#2)
UCLA (#3)
Butler (#4)

West Regional
Gonzaga (#1)
Arizona (#2)
West Virginia (#4)
Xavier (#11)

March Madness 2017, Down to Thirty-Two!

March 18, 2017

The Spartans win!  The first round of the NCAA Tournament has come to a close and the field has been cut in half.  The first full-day of games had only a couple of surprises and both involved the higher-seeded Big Ten school going down in defeat (Minnesota [#5] and Maryland [#6]).   Day two found only a couple more “upsets” — Dayton (#7) losing to Wichita State and Miami (#8) losing to Michigan State (#9).  Tom Izzo worked his March magic as the Spartans found a way, following a very slugging start, to get the win.

Next up for the Spartans:  a Sunday game in the Tulsa Regional Final where they will face the Jayhawks from Kansas . . . .    Go Green!

The upsets in the tournament this first weekend included:
Minnesota (#5) losing to Middle Tennessee State (#12).
Maryland (#6) losing to Xavier (#11)
SMU (#6) losing to USC (#11)
Dayton (#7) losing to Wichita State (#10)
Miami (#8) losing to Michigan State (#9).

The teams remaining (by regional):

East Regional
Villanova (#1)
Duke (#2)
Baylor (#3)
Florida (#4)
Virginia (#5)
South Carolina (#7)
Wisconsin (#8)
USC (#11)

Midwest Regional
Kansas (#1)
Louisville (#2)
Oregon (#3)
Purdue (#4)
Iowa State (#5)
Michigan (#7)
Michigan State (#9)
Rhode Island (#11)

South Regional
North Carolina (#1)
Kentucky (#2)
UCLA (#3)
Butler (#4)
Cincinnati (#6)
Arkansas (#8)
Wichita State (#10)
Middle Tennessee State (#12)

East Regional
Gonzaga (#1)
Arizona (#2)
Florida State (#3)
West Virginia (#4)
Notre Dame (#5)
St. Mary’s (#7)
Northwestern (#8)
Xavier (#11)

 

Selection Sunday 2017!

March 12, 2017

It has arrived . . . March Madness!  Later today, the field will be selected for the 2017 NCAA College Basketball Tournament.  Is your team in?  My team (Michigan State, Go Green!) is not guaranteed entry this year, but I remain hopeful that their rigorous non-conference schedule, coupled with more than a couple of key players out with injuries (before the season even began), coupled with still managing to play above .500 in Big Ten play, coupled with very few upperclassmen with a good showing in the Big Ten Tournament, will earn them a berth in the tournament.  But if not . . . there is always next year!  Here are some helpful links as we begin the Road to the Final Four in earnest.  Tulsa’s BOK Center is hosting some of the regional games this year (Friday and Sunday games for the East and Midwest Regionals) and I will be at each and every game!  Woot!  I love this time of year!

Tournament Schedule
Joe Lunardi’s latest “Bracketology
Tournament Challenge (create your brackets now)

 

College Basketball 2017, Week Eighteen!

March 6, 2017

Well, the Spartans continue to struggle on the road — what a horrible way to finish the regular season — losing to Illinois by only three (3) points, and then losing to Maryland as well by only three (3) points in the closing seconds (a last-second basket by Maryland).  Major bummer of a week for the Green team!  It was no real surprise that Kansas took over the top position in the rankings and the Big Ten only has two (2)  teams currently in the AP top-25 : Purdue (#16) and Wisconsin (#22).  What a dismal showing this year by the Big Ten.  Most of the major conferences wrapped up their regular season this week which means that championship week starts now!  It is officially March, let the Madness begin as we continue in earnest down the road to the Final Four!  By this time next week we will know the participants and the seedings of this year’s NCAA Tournament.  MSU is currently projected as a #10 seed (thank you Joe Lunardi), but we’ll still have to wait and see; a couple of wins in the Big Ten Championship Tournament would go a long way to solidifying a Spartan presence at the dance.  Woohoo!

Next up for the Spartans:  a Thursday game in the Big Ten Tournament where they will face the winner of Wednesday’s matchup between Penn State/Nebraska . . . .    Go Green!

The upsets this week included:
North Carolina (#5) losing to Virginia (#23).
Louisville (#8) losing to unranked Wake Forest.
West Virginia (#10) losing to Baylor (#11).
Florida (#12) losing to unranked Vanderbilt by two (2) points.
Butler  (#13) losing to unranked Seton Hall by six (6) points.
Florida State (#15) losing to Duke (#17) by five (5) points.
Wisconsin (#22) losing to unranked Iowa by two (2) points.
Miami (#25) losing to unranked Virginia Tech by five (5) points.

The close calls this week (won by six points or less [two scores] or in overtime) included:
Kansas (#1) defeating unranked Oklahoma State by five (5) points.
Kentucky (#9) defeating unranked Vanderbilt by six (6) points.
Purdue (#16) defeating unranked Northwestern by four (4) points.
Iowa State (#24) defeating unranked Oklahoma State by three (3) points.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
North Carolina (#5) defeating Duke (#17).
Louisville (#8) defeating Notre Dame (#19).
West Virginia (#10) defeating Iowa State (#24).
Florida State (#15) defeating Miami (#25).

College Basketball 2017, Week Seventeen!

February 27, 2017

What a happy week for Spartan fans.  The Spartans had a couple of home games this week and they found a way to win both of them!  They won easily on Thursday against the Cornhuskers of Nebraska, and had a positively awesome game against the #16 Badgers of Wisconsin (yesterday afternoon).  Woot!  The Big Ten only has three (3)  teams currently in the AP top-25 (but this could change later today since all three had losses this week): Purdue (#14), Wisconsin (#16),  and Maryland (#24).  Following the  Gonzaga (#1) loss over the weekend, who will be the new #1?  Villanova (who also lost)?  Kansas?  Can you tell it is almost March?  Let the madness begin!

Next up for the Spartans: finishing out the regular season with a couple of road games: at Illinois (Wednesday) and at Maryland (Sunday).    Go Green!

The upsets this week included:
Gonzaga (#1) losing to unranked BYU.
Villanova (#2) losing to Butler (#22).
Arizona (#4) losing to UCLA (#5) by five (5) points.
Louisville (#7) losing to North Carolina.
Baylor (#9) losing to unranked Iowa State by three (3) points.
Duke (#10) losing to unranked Syracuse by three (3) points.
Duke (#10) losing to unranked Miami by five (5) points.
Purdue (#14) losing to unranked Michigan.
Cincinnati (#15) losing to unranked UCF by four (4) points.
Wisconsin (#16) losing to unranked Ohio State.
Virginia (#18) losing to unranked Miami by six (6) points in overtime.
Creighton (#23) losing to unranked Providence by two (2) points.
Maryland (#24) losing to unranked Minnesota.
Maryland (#24) losing to unranked Iowa.

The close calls this week (won by six points or less [two scores] or in overtime) included:
Oregon (#6) defeating unranked Cal by three (3) points.
Oregon (#6) defeating unranked Stanford by two (2) points.
Baylor (#9) defeating unranked Oklahoma by six (6) points.
West Virginia (#12) defeating unranked TCU by one (1) point.
Purdue (#14) defeating unranked Penn State by four (4) points in overtime.
Florida State (#19) defeating unranked Clemson by two (2) points.
Notre Dame (#21) defeating unranked Georgia Tech by four (4) points.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
Villinova (#2) defeating Creighton (#23).
Kwntucky (#11) defeating Florida (#13).

College Basketball 2017, Week Sixteen!

February 20, 2017

The inconsistencies continue for the Spartans  — they won earlier in the week (Ohio State) but lost on the weekend (Purdue).  And with just four games remaining in the regular season (two against ranked teams), this trend could continue.  The good news: both games this week are at home (which means both games next week are on the road).  Alas, a bit of a down year. The Big Ten continues to only have three (3)  teams currently in the AP top-25: Wisconsin (#11), Purdue (#16),  and Maryland (#23).  Undefeated Gonzaga (#1) continues its #1 ranking and would probably have to lose in order to get bumped out of the top position.  March Madness is right around the corner . . .  are you ready?

Next up for the Spartans: a couple of home games, against Nebraska (Thursday) then Wisconsin (Saturday).    Go Green!

The upsets this week included:
Baylor (#4) losing to unranked Texas Tech by six (6) points.
Wisconsin (#11) losing to unranked Michigan by six (6) points.
Florida State (#17) losing to unranked Pittsburgh.
Creighton (#20) losing to unranked Seton Hall by six (6) points.
South Carolina (#21) losing to unranked Arkansas.

The close calls this week (won by six points or less [two scores] or in overtime) included:
Kansas (#3) defeating West Virginia (#9) by four (4) points in overtime.
Kansas (#3) defeating Baylor (#4)  by two (2) points.
Louisville (#8) defeating unranked Syracuse by four (4) points in overtime.
Louisville (#8) defeating unranked Virginia Tech by four (4) points.
West Virginia (#9) defeating unranked Texas Tech in double overtime.
Duke (#12) defeating unranked Wake Forest by five (5) points.
Kentucky (#13) defeating unranked Georgia by five (5) points.
Florida (#15) defeating unranked Mississippi State by five (5) points.
SMU (#19) defeating unranked Tulane by five (5) points.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
Kansas (#3) defeating West Virginia (#9) by four (4) points in overtime.
North Carolina (#10) defeating Virginia (#14).
Duke (#12) defeating Virginia (#14).

Hearts!

February 16, 2017

Yes, I know that Valentine’s Day was a couple of days ago, but the Winter 2017 issue of the Michigan State University Alumni magazine (MSUAlumni, Vol. 34, No. 2) had an awesome collection of “hearts” that I just couldn’t resist sharing with the world.  A huge shout out to my niece Elizabeth Vinton who simply adores anything “hearts.”    A shout out also to Paula Davenport (editor of the MSU Alumni magazine), Derrick Turner (the photographer), and the Michigan State Alumni Association . . . you all rock . . . Go Green!

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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).