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College Basketball Champs Crowned!

April 9, 2019

The NCAA College Basketball season has come to a close.  Congratulations to the Virginia Cavaliers for defeating Texas Tech Red Raiders  in overtime and for winning the NCAA College Basketball Championship!  In the semifinal games (played last Saturday),

Virginia (1) defeated Auburn (5) by one (1) point.
Texas Tech (3) defeated Michigan State (2).

And in the final last night,

Virginia (1) defeated Texas Tech (3) in overtime.

Now, just a few more months before the start of college football!

The Elite Eight, 2019!

March 30, 2019

Congratulations to the Michigan State Spartans who have made their way into the Elite Eight (for first time since 2015).  Here are the outcomes of the Thursday/Friday games.   Congratulations to the winners and best of luck this weekend as the field is further whittled down to the Final Four.  Of the eight games, three (3) were “upsets” with the lower seed finding a way to win.  North Carolina was the first #1 seed to exit, but a lot of the top seeds still remain.  There are now three (3) #1 seeds (Gonzaga, Virginia, and Duke)  remaining along with two (2) #2 seeds (Michigan State and Kentucky), two (2) #3 seeds (Purdue and Texas Tech), and a #5 seed (Auburn).

Next up for the Spartans: the Regional Final against the the overall #1 seed, Duke, on Sunday.  Go Green!

East Regional
Duke (#1) defeated Virginia Tech (#4) by two (2) points.
Michigan State (#2) defeated LSU (#3).

South Regional 
Virginia (#1)  defeated Oregon (#12).
Purdue (#3) defeated Tennessee (#2).

West Regional
Gonzaga (#1) defeated Florida State (#4).
Texas Tech (#3) defeated Michigan (#2).

Midwest Regional
Kentucky (#2) defeated Houston (#3) by four (4) points.
Auburn (#5) defeated UNC (#1).

The Sweet Sixteen, 2019!

March 25, 2019

So, the first weekend of March Madness has come to a close and there are now only sixteen (16) teams remaining (from the original sixty-eight (68) that started the journey last week).  And, true to form (or history), several of the higher-ranked seeds did not survive the first weekend (upsets are in red).   Twelve (12) lower seeds won the first day (four 9 seeds, three 10 seeds, one 11 seed, three 12 seeds, and one 13 seed).  Day two corrected slightly with the higher seeds reestablishing their dominance.  Here are the lucky surviving sixteen (16) teams by regional, with their seeding in parentheses.  The Big Ten had seven (7) of their eight (8) teams make it to the final thirty-two (32), but only three (3) of the original eight (8) made it to the Sweet Sixteen!  Congrats to Michigan, Michigan State (first time back to the Sweet Sixteen since 2015), and Purdue.

Up next for the Spartans (#2): the Tigers of LSU (#3) on Friday.  Go Green!

East Regional
Duke (#1) defeated UCF (#9) by one (1) point.
Michigan State (#2) defeated Minnesota (#10).
LSU (#3) defeated Maryland (#6) by two (2) points.
Virginia Tech (#4) defeated Liberty (#12).

South Regional 
Virginia (#1)  defeated Oklahoma (#9).
Tennessee (#2) defeated Iowa (#10) by six (6) points in overtime.
Purdue (#3) defeated Villanova (#6).
Oregon (#12) defeated UC irvine (#13).

West Regional
Gonzaga (#1) defeated Baylor (#9).
Michigan (#2) defeated Florida (#10).
Texas Tech (#3) defeated Buffalo (#6).
Florida State (#4) defeated Murray State (#12).

Midwest Regional
North Carolina (#1) defeated Washington (#9).
Kentucky (#2) defeated Wofford (#7) by six (6) points.
Houston (#3) defeated Ohio State (#11).
Auburn (#5) defeating Kansas (#4).

Big Ten Tournament Champs!

March 18, 2019

127The B1G conference crowned their tournament champion yesterday.  Congratulations to the Spartans of Michigan State who rallied back from a double-digit deficit in the second half to defeat the University of Michigan Wolverines to take the Big Ten Tournament crown!  The Big Ten Conference ended the season with five (5) teams ranked in the AP top-25: Michigan State (#6), Michigan (#10), Purdue (#13), Wisconsin (#19), and Maryland (#21).

Next up: the NCAA Tournament where the B1G Conference had eight teams selected to the field: Michigan State (2 seed), Michigan (2 seed), Purdue (3 seed), Wisconsin (5 seed), Maryland (6 seed),  Iowa (10 seed), Minnesota (10 seed), and Ohio State (11 seed).

The Spartans first-round game will be on Thursday at 1:45 PM against the Bradley University Braved (Missouri Valley Conference champs).  Go Green!

Here’s the 2019 bracket . . . let the madness begin!

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College Basketball 2019, Week Eighteen!

March 11, 2019

Congrats to Michigan State who are the co-champions of the Big Ten!  The Spartans won their first game this week defeating the Cornhuskers of Nebraska on Tuesday, and thanks to a Purdue loss at Minnesota, there were three teams tied for first place in the Big Ten (Purdue, Michigan, and Michigan State) with one game remaining for each team and two of the three playing each other on Saturday (Michigan is at Michigan State).  The Spartan’s did not squander this “second chance” to control their own destiny and took care of business at home against the Wolverines of Michigan to finish their season with a share of the Big Ten title (tied with Purdue).  The Big Ten has five (5) teams among the AP top-25:  Michigan [#7], Michigan State [#9], Purdue [#11], Wisconsin [#21], and Maryland [#24].

Next up for the Spartans (#1 seed for the B1G Tournament): meeting the winner of Thursday’s game between Ohio State/Indiana in the B1G quarterfinals game on Friday.  Go Green!

The upsets this week included:
Tennessee (#5) losing to unranked Auburn by four (4) points.
Michigan (#7) losing to Michigan State (#9).
Purdue (#11) losing to unranked Minnesota by four (4) points.
Kansas (#13) losing to unranked Oklahoma.
Marquette (#16) losing to unranked Seton Hall.
Marquette (#16) losing to unranked Georgetown by two (2) points.
Cincinnati (#20) losing to UCF (#25) by three (3) points.
Villanova (#23) losing to unranked Seton Hall by four (4) points.
UCF (#25) losing to unranked Temple by five (5) points.

The close calls this week (won by six points or less [two scores] or in overtime) included:
Virginia (#2) defeating unranked Louisville by five (5) points.
Duke (#4) defeating unranked Wake Forest by one (1) point.
Kentucky (#6) defeating unranked Ole Miss by four (4) points.
LSU (#10) defeating unranked Florida by one (1) point.
Buffalo (#19) defeating unranked Ohio by three (3) points.
Wisconsin (#21) defeating unranked Ohio State by six (6) points in overtime.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
North Carolina (#3) defeating Duke (#4).
Houston (#12) defeating Cincinnati (#20).
Florida State (#14) defeating Virginia Tech (#15).

College Basketball 2019, Week Seventeen!

March 4, 2019

Ah, March is in the air!  The Spartans only had one game this week, on the road at Indiana, and once again, the Hoosiers came out the winner (by one point)!  The Spartans’ hope for a Big Ten title are virtually eliminated as a result.  Alas.  The Big Ten continues to have six (6) teams among the AP top-25:  Michigan State [#6], Michigan [#9], Purdue [#14], Maryland [#17], Wisconsin [#19], and Iowa [#22].

Next up for the Spartans: at home against the Cornhuskers of Nebraska (tomorrow) then finish off the regular season at home against the Wolverines of Michigan (Saturday).  Go Green!

The upsets this week included:
Duke (#2) losing to Virginia Tech (#20).
Kentucky (#4) losing to Tennessee (#7).
Michigan State (#6) losing to unranked Indiana by one (1) point.
Houston (#8) losing to unranked UCF by five (5) points.
Marquette (#10) losing to unranked Villanova by six (6) points.
Marquette (#10) losing to unranked Creighton by six (6) points.
Nevada (#12) losing to unranked Utah State by five (5) points.
Maryland (#17) losing to unranked Penn State.
Wisconsin (#19) losing to unranked Indiana by two (2) points in double overtime.
Iowa (#22) losing to unranked Ohio State.
Iowa (#22) losing to unranked Rutgers.
Washington (#25) losing to unranked Cal by three (3) points.

The close calls this week (won by six points or less [two scores] or in overtime) included:
Kentucky (#4) defeating unranked Arkansas by four (4) points.
North Carolina (#5) defeating unranked Clemson by two (2) points.
Tennessee (#7) defeating unranked Ole Miss by two (2) points.
Texas Tech (#11) defeating unranked Oklahoma State by four (4) points in overtime.
LSU (#13) defeating unranked Alabama by five (5) points.
Kansas (#15) defeating unranked Oklahoma State by five (5) points.
Kansas State (#16) defeating unranked Baylor by six (6) points.
Florida State (#18) defeating unranked NC State by five (5) points.
Wisconsin (#19) defeating unranked Penn State by four (4) points.
Cincinnati (#23) defeating unranked SMU by three (3) points.
Cincinnati (#23) defeating unranked Memphis by two (2) points.
Washington (#25) defeating unranked Stanford by one (1) point.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
Michigan (#9) defeating Maryland (#17).
Kansas (#15) defeating Kansas State (#16).

College Basketball 2019, Week Sixteen!

February 25, 2019

The Spartans survived their first game without Nick Ward and defeated Rutgers early in the week.  The Spartans then went on the road to Ann Arbor to face the Wolverines.  After a back and forth game, the Spartans pulled off the huge road win to remain in first place of the Big Ten Conference.  The Big Ten continues to have six (6) teams among the AP top-25:  Michigan [#7], Michigan State [#10], Purdue [#15], Iowa [#21], Wisconsin [#22], and Maryland [#24].

Next up for the Spartans: on the road to visit the Hoosiers of Indiana (Saturday).  Go Green.

The upsets this week included:
Duke (#1) losing to North Carolina (#8).
Tennessee (#5) losing to LSU (#13) by two (2) points in overtime.
Nevada (#6) losing to unranked San Diego State.
Michigan (#7) losing to Michigan State (#10).
Kansas (#12) losing to Texas Tech (#14).
LSU (#13) losing to unranked Florida by five (5) points.
Villanova (#17) losing to unranked Georgetown.
Villanova (#17) losing to unranked Xavier.
Louisville (#18) losing to unranked Syracuse.
Iowa State (#19) losing to unranked Baylor by four (4) points.
Iowa State (#19) losing to unranked TCU by three (3) points.
Iowa (#21) losing to Maryland (#24) by one (1) point.

The close calls this week (won by six points or less [two scores] or in overtime) included:
Virginia (#4) defeating Virginia Tech (#20) by six (6) points.
Nevada (#6) defeating unranked Fresno State by six (6) points.
Purdue (#15) defeating unranked Indiana by three (3) points.
Purdue (#15) defeating unranked Nebraska by three (3) points.
Iowa (#21) defeating unranked Indiana by six (6) points in overtime.
Wisconsin (#22) defeating unranked Illinois by six (6) points.
Wisconsin (#22) defeating unranked Northwestern by five (5) points.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
Virginia (#3) defeating Virginia Tech (#20) by six (6) points.
Virginia (#3) defeating Louisville (#18).
North Carolina (#8) defeating Florida State (#16).

College Basketball 2019, Week Fifteen!

February 18, 2019

The Spartans won both of their games this week; they scored a big win on the road (at Wisconsin) this week and outlasted Ohio State at home on Sunday.  Meanwhile Michigan and Purdue both lost on the road to further tighten the race for the Big Ten Championship (their is currently a two-way tie at the top between Michigan State and Michigan with Purdue just a half game out)!  The Big Ten is definitely heating up down the stretch.  Every game is a big game at this point.  The Big Ten continues to have six (6) teams among the AP top-25:  Michigan [#6], Michigan State [#11], Purdue [#12], Wisconsin [#20], Iowa [#21] and Maryland [#24].

Next up for the Spartans: at home against the Scarlet Knights of Rutgers (Wednesday) then on the  road to visit the Wolverines of Michigan (Sunday).  Go Green!

The upsets this week included:
Tennessee (#1) losing to Kentucky (#5).
Kentucky (#5) losing to LSU (#19) by two (2) points.
Michigan (#6) losing to unranked Penn State.
Purdue (#12) losing to Maryland (#24).
Villanova (#13) losing to unranked St. John’s by six (6) points.
Kansas State (#18) losing to Iowa State (#23).

The close calls this week (won by six points or less [two scores] or in overtime) included:
Duke (#2) defeating Louisville (#16) by two (2) points.
Virginia (#4) defeating unranked Notre Dame by six (6) points.
Kansas (#14) defeating unranked TCU by five (5) points in overtime.
Louisville (#16) defeating unranked Clemson by one (1) point.
LSU (#19) defeating unranked Georgia by four (4) points.
Iowa (#21) defeating unranked Rutgers by two (2) points.
Virginia Tech (#22) defeating unranked Pittsburgh by si (6) points.
Buffalo (#25) defeating unranked Akron by six (6) points.
Buffalo (#25) defeating unranked Toledo by six (6) points.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
Virginia (#4) defeating North Carolina (#8).
Michigan (#6) defeating Maryland (#24).
Michigan State (#11) defeating Wisconsin (#20).

College Basketball 2019, Week Fourteen!

February 11, 2019

The Spartan are trending in the wrong direction; they lost their third consecutive game  on Tuesday, but bounced back with an easy win at home on Saturday versus the Golden Gophers of Minnesota.  The Big Ten has six (6) teams among the AP top-25:  Michigan  [#7], Michigan State [#9], Purdue [#15], Wisconsin [#19], Iowa [#20], and Maryland [#24].

Next up for the Spartans: on the road to visit the Badgers of Wisconsin (tomorrow) then at home against the Buckeyes of Ohio State (Sunday).

The upsets this week included:
Michigan State (#9) losing to unranked Illinois by five (5) points.
Marquette (#10) losing to unranked St. John’s by one (1) point.
Virginia Tech (#11) losing to unranked Clemson.
Virginia Tech (#11) losing to Louisville (#16).
Kansas (#13) losing to unranked Kansas State.
Louisville (#16) losing to Florida State (#22) by five (5) points in overtime.
Iowa State (#17) losing to unranked TCU.

The close calls this week (won by six points or less [two scores] or in overtime) included:
Kentucky (#5) defeating unranked Mississippi State by four (4) points.
North Carolina (#8) defeating unranked Miami by three (3) points in overtime.
Marquette (#10) defeating Villanova (#14) by one (1) point.
Iowa State (#17 ) defeating unranked Oklahoma by one (1) point.
Wisconsin (#19) defeating unranked Minnesota by five (5) points.
Iowa (#20) defeating unranked Indiana by five (5) points.
Iowa (#20) defeating unranked Northwestern by one (1) point.
LSU (#21) defeating unranked Mississippi State by four (4) points.
LSU (#21) defeating unranked Auburn by five (5) points.
Cincinnati (#25) defeating unranked Memphis by five (5) points.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
Duke (#2) defeating Virginia (#3).
Michigan (#7) defeating Wisconsin (#19).
Marquette (#10) defeating Villanova (#14) by one (1) point.
Houston (#12) defeating Cincinnati (#25).

College Basketball 2019, Week Thirteen!

February 4, 2019

The Spartans had only one game this week, at home (compared with three games last week, two of which were on the road),  and were hosting ESPN’s College Game Day for their matchup with the Hoosiers of Indiana.  The Spartans struggled and lost in overtime.  Alas, two losses in a row.  The Big Ten now has five (5) teams among the AP top-25:  Michigan [#5], Michigan State [#6], Purdue [#17], Maryland [#21], and Wisconsin [#24].

Next up for the Spartans: on the road to visit the fighting Illini of Illinois (tomorrow) then at home against the Golden Gophers of Minnesota (Saturday).

The upsets this week included:
Michigan (#5) losing to unranked Iowa.
Michigan State (#6) losing to unranked Indiana by four (4) points in overtime.
Kansas (#11) losing to unranked Texas.
Buffalo (#18) losing to unranked Bowling Green.
LSU (#19) losing to unranked Arkansas by one (1) point.
Maryland (#21) losing to Wisconsin (#24).
Mississippi State (#22) losing to unranked Alabama by four (4) points.

The close calls this week (won by six points or less [two scores] or in overtime) included:
Purdue (#17) defeating unranked Penn State in overtime.
Iowa State (#20) defeating unranked Texas by five (5) points.
Mississippi State (#22) defeating unranked Ole Miss by six (6) points.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
Virginia (#3) defeating NC State (#23) by one (1) point in overtime.
North Carolina (#9) defeating Louisville (#15).
Kansas (#11) defeating Texas Tech (#16).
Virginia Tech (#12) defeating NC State (#23).