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College Basketball 2019, Week Five!

December 10, 2018

The Spartans started off the week with an easy win against the Hawkeyes of Iowa and followed it up with a close win (four points) against Florida..  The Big Ten now has seven (7) teams among the AP top-25:  Michigan  [#5], Michigan State [#10], Wisconsin (#12), Iowa [#18], Ohio State [$19], Maryland [#23], and Nebraska [#24].

Next up for the Spartans: a home game against the Phoenixes of the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay (Sunday).

The upsets this week included:
Gonzaga (#1) losing to Tennessee (#7) by three (3) points.
Kentucky (#9) losing to unranked Seton Hall by one (1) point in overtime.
Wisconsin (#12) losing to unranked Marquette by five (5) points.
Kansas State (#16) losing to unranked Tulsa by one (1) point.
Maryland (#23) losing to unranked Purdue by two (2) points.
Nebraska (#24) losing to unranked Minnesota.

The close calls this week (won by six points or less [two scores] or in overtime) included:
Gonzaga (#1) defeating unranked Washington by two (2) points.
Kansas (#3) defeating unranked New Mexico State by three (3) points.
Michigan (#5) defeating unranked  Northwestern by two (2) points.
Nevada (#6) defeating Arizona State (#20) by six (6) points.
Michigan State (#10) defeating unranked Florida by four (4) points.
Wisconsin (#12) defeating unranked Rutgers by five (5) points.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
Nevada (#6) defeating Arizona State (#20) by six (6) points.
Michigan State (#10) defeating Iowa (#18).

College Basketball 2019, Week Four!

December 3, 2018

This week, the Spartans were on the road for a couple of games: they faced the Louisville Cardinals in their B1G/ACC Challenge game match-up (and lost in overtime), and then traveled to New Jersey to face the Scarlet Knights of Rutgers (which they won).  The Big Ten currently has seven (7) teams among the AP top-25:  Michigan [#7], Michigan State [#9], Iowa [#14], Ohio State [#16], Purdue [#19], Wisconsin [#22], and Maryland [#24].  Wow, way to represent!  Of course it is far too early in the season to get too excited, but it is always a bonus to have some healthy competition within conference.

Next up for the Spartans: a home game against the Hawkeyes of Iowa (tonight) and then at Florida on Saturday.

The upsets this week included:
Michigan State (#9) losing to unranked Louisville by four (4) points in overtime.
Kansas State (#12) losing to unranked Marquette.
Virginia Tech (#13) losing to unranked Penn State by one (1) point.
Iowa (#14) losing to Wisconsin (#22) by six (6) points.
Ohio State (#16) losing to unranked Syracuse.
Texas (#17) losing to unranked Radford by three (3) points.
Oregon (#18) losing to Texas Southern by five (5) points.
Oregon (#18) 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:
Kansas (#2) defeating unranked Stanford by six (6) points.
Nevada (#5) defeating unranked Loyola-Chicago by six (6) points.
Iowa (#14) defeating unranked Pittsburgh by one (1) point.
Buffalo (#21) defeating unranked San Francisco by four (4) points.
Wisconsin (#22) defeating unranked North Carolina State by four (4) points.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
Virginia (#4) defeating Maryland (#24) by five (5) points.
Michigan (#7) defeating North Carolina (#17).
MIchigan (#7) defeating Purdue (#19).
Florida State (#15) defeating Purdue (#19) by one (1) point.

Big Ten Conference Champions!

December 2, 2018

The Big Ten conference crowned their champion today.  Congratulations to the Ohio State Buckeyes who defeated the Northwestern Wildcats for the B1G Championship.  As we head to bowl season, the Big Ten continues to have four (4) teams ranked in the AP top-25 poll: Ohio State [#6], Michigan [#8], Penn State [#14], and Northwestern [#21]).  Four teams managed to complete their seasons undefeated: Alabama [#1], Clemson [#2], Notre Dame [#3], and UCF [#7].

Next up for the Spartans, a bowl to face ?????.  Go Green!

The upsets this week included:
Boise State (#22) losing to Fresno State (#25) by three (3) points in overtime.

The close calls this week (games that were won by a touchdown or less) included:
Iowa State (#23) defeating unranked Drake by three (3) points.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
Alabama (#1) defeating Georgia (#4) by seven (7) points.
Oklahoma (#5) defeating Texas (#14).
Ohio State (#6) defeating Northwestern (#21).
Washington (#10) defeating Utah (#17) by seven (7) points.

College Basketball 2019, Week Three!

November 26, 2018

The 2018-2019 college basketball season has official kicked off!  Earlier this week, the Spartans played in the Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational where they faced the Bruins of UCLA (#17).  The Spartans cruised to a 20-point victory.  Michigan State then played unranked Texas (who had defeated #7 North Carolina on their side of the bracket) in the tournament final.  The Spartans once again prevailed by double digits. The Big Ten currently has six (6) teams among the AP top-25:  Michigan [#9], Michigan State [#11], Iowa [#20], Ohio State [#23], Purdue [#24], and Wisconsin [#25].

Next up for the Spartans: on the road to face the Louisville Cardinals in the B1G/ACC challenge game (tomorrow) and the on the road at Rutgers (Friday).

The upsets this week included:
Duke (#1) losing to Gonzaga (#3) by two (2) points.
North Carolina (#7) losing to unranked Texas by three (3) points.
Florida State (#14) losing to unranked Villanova by six (6) points.
Mississippi State (#15) losing to unranked Arizona State by five (5) points.
Clemson (#16) losing to unranked Creighton by five (5) points.
TCU (#18) losing to unrankned Lipscomb.
LSU (#19) losing to unranked Oklahoma State.

The close calls this week (won by six points or less [two scores] or in overtime) included:
Duke (#1) defeating Auburn (#8) by six (6) points.
Kansas (#2) defeating Tennessee (#5) by points (6) in overtime..
Gonzaga (#3) defeating unranked Illinois by six (6) points.
Mississippi State (#15) defeating unranked Saint Mary’s by four (4) points.
Clemson (#16) defeating unranked Akron by three (3) points.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
Kansas (#2) defeating Tennessee (#5) by six (6) points in overtime.
Virginia (#4) defeating Wisconsin (#25).
North Carolina (#7) defeating UCLA (#17).
Michigan State (#11) defeating UCLA (#17).
Florida State (#14) defeating LSU (#19) by three (3) points in overtime.

College Football 2018, Week Thirteen!

November 25, 2018

Well, the regular season has come to a close and the Spartans were able to rebound from back-to-back losses to pull out the victory against the Scarlet Knights of Rutgers.  The Big Ten continues to have four (4) teams ranked in the AP top-25 poll: Michigan [#4], Ohio State [#10], Penn State [#15], and Northwestern [#20]) and there are only four (4) undefeated teams remaining: Alabama [#1], Clemson [#2], Notre Dame [#3], and UCF [#8].

Next up for the Spartans, waiting to see which bowl game they will be invited to attend.  Go Green!

The upsets this week included:
Michigan (#4) losing to Ohio State (#10).
LSU (#7) losing to Texas A&M (#22) by two (1) points in overtime.
Washington State (#8) losing to Washington (#16).
Utah State (#21) losing to Boise State (#23).
Pittsburgh (#24) losing to unranked Miami.

The close calls this week (games that were won by a touchdown or less) included:
Notre Dame (#3) defeating unranked USC by seven (7) points.
Oklahoma (#6) defeating West Virginia (#13) by three (3) points.
Texas (#14) defeating unranked Kansas by seven (7) points.
Iowa State (#24) defeating unranked Kansas State by four (4) points.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
Oklahoma (#6) defeating West Virginia (#13) by three (3) points.

It’s Time for Spartan Basketball!

November 19, 2018

The Michigan State University basketball team started out their season with a loss (by five points) to #1 Kansas a couple of weeks ago.  Since then, they have played a few games against not quite the same level of competition and dominated quite easily:

  • Florida Gulf Coast (on November 11th; Spartans win 106-82)
  • University of Louisiana-Monroe (on November 14th; Spartans win 80-59)
  • Tennessee Tech (on November 18th; Spartans win 101-33))

Later this week, on Thanksgiving evening, the Spartans (#11) will face the Bruins of UCLA (#21) in the Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational tournament as the season gets underway in earnest with all of the holiday tournaments and other games through December leading up to conference play in January.

And, while it is still early in the season, upsets have become the norm these days.  Here are the upsets for the last couple of weeks.

The upsets this week included:
Duke (#4) defeating Kentucky (#2).
Villanova (#8) losing to Michigan (#18) and losing to unranked Furman.
West Virginia (#13) losing to unranked Buffalo by five (5) points in overtime.
Oregon (#13) losing to unranked Iowa.
Syracuse (#15) losing to unranked Connecticut.
Marquette (#24) losing to unranked Indiana.

The close calls this week (won by six points or less [two scores] or in overtime) included:
TCU (#20) defeating unranked CSU Bakersfield by five (5) points.
LSU (#23) defeating UNC Greensboro by six (6) points.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
Kansas (#1) defeating Michigan State (#10) by five (5) points.
Auburn (#11) defeating Washington (#25).
Oregon (#13) defeating Syracuse (#15).|
Virginia Tech (#13) defeating Purdue (#23) by six (6) points.

Go Spartans!

College Football 2018, Week Twelve!

November 18, 2018

The Spartans once again dropped from the polls after losing to a higher-ranked team (just after being reinserted in the polls after a couple of wins against non-ranked opponents).  Polling shenanigans perhaps (to ensure Ohio State would face another “ranked” opponent for their resume?)?  On the road against the Cornhuskers of Nebraska, Michigan State continued their offensive meltdown and could only muster two field goals to the Cornhusker’s three.  Wow, I am underwhelmed.  The Big Ten continues to have four (4) teams ranked in the AP top-25 poll: Michigan [#4], Ohio State [#9], Penn State [#16], and Northwestern [#24]).  And, there continue to be only four undefeated teams remaining: Alabama [#1], Clemson [#2], Notre Dame [#3], and UCF [#11].

Next up for the Spartans, at home to face the Scarlet Knights of Rutgers University.  Go Green!

The upsets this week included:
West Virginia (#9) losing to unranked Oklahoma State by four (4) points.
Boston College (#20) losing to unranked Florida State by one (1) point.

The close calls this week (games that were won by a touchdown or less) included:
Ohio State (#10) defeating unranked Maryland by one (1) point.
Utah State (#2 ) defeating unranked Colorado State by five (5) points.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
Notre Dame (#3) defeated Syracuse (#12).
UCF (#11) defeated Cincinnati (#24).
Texas (#15) defeated Iowa State (#16).

 

College Football 2018, Week Eleven!

November 11, 2018

Amazingly enough, the Spartan have climbed back into the AP top-25 (at #24), and also showed up in the College Football Playoff rankings at #18 this week.  We hosted the Buckeyes (#8/#10) of Ohio State yesterday and were totally unable to muster any offense of note.  Our defense kept the Buckeyes at bay for most of the game, but a couple of key mistakes in the fourth quarter by the Spartans were sufficient for the Buckeyes to capitalize on and capture the victory.   The Big Ten continues to have four (4) teams ranked in the AP top-25 poll: Michigan State [#24], Penn State [#21], Ohio State [#8], and Michigan [#4]); and five (5) teams in the College Football Playoff rankings: Michigan [#4], Ohio State [#10], Michigan State [#18], Penn State [#20], and Iowa [#21].   And, there are still only four (4) unbeated teams in either poll: Alabama (#1), Clemson (#2), Notre Dame (#3), and UCF (#11).

Next up for the Spartans, on the road to face the Cornhuskers of the University of Nebraska.  Go Green!

The upsets this week included:
Kentucky (#11) losing to unranked Tennessee.
NC State (#14) losing to unranked Wake Forest by four (4) points.
Iowa (#21) losing to unranked Northwestern by four (4) points.
Fresno State (#23) losing to unranked Boise State by seven (7) points.

The close calls this week (games that were won by a touchdown or less) included:
Oklahoma (#6) defeating unranked Oklahoma State by one (1) point.
LSU (#7) defeating unranked Arkansas by seven (7) points.
Florida (#15) defeating unranked South Carolina by four (4) points.
Texas (#19) defeating unranked Texas Tech by seven (7) points.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
Alabama (#1) defeating Mississippi State (#16).
Clemson (#2) defeating Boston College (#17).
Georgia (#5) defeating Auburn (#24).
Ohio State (#10) defeating Michigan State (#18).

And So It Begins!

November 7, 2018

The college basketball season has not yet officially started, but last night the Michigan State Spartans faced the Kansas Jayhawks in the Champions Classic in Indianapolis (along with a matchup featuring Kentucky versus Duke).  The Spartans came up a bit short (lost by five points) against the pre-season #1 Jayhawks, but fought back to make it close at the end.  In the second game, Duke won easily over Kentucky.     What a wonderful sneak-peak into what should be another enthralling season of college basketball!

College Football 2018, Week Ten!

November 4, 2018

The Spartans were on the road this week visiting Maryland and were able to come away with the win.  Woot!  The Big Ten has four (4) teams ranked in the AP top-25 poll: Iowa [#19], Penn State [#14], Ohio State [#8]), and Michigan [#5] and there are currently four undefeated teams remaining (Alabama [#1], Clemson [#2], Notre Dame [#4], and UCF [#12]).

Next up for the Spartans, at  home to face the Buckeyes of Ohio State University.  Go Green!

The upsets this week included:
Utah (#15) losing to unranked Arizona State.
Florida (#11) losing to unranked Missouri.
Iowa (#16) losing to unranked Purdue by two (2) points.
Texas A&M (#20) losing to unranked Auburn by four (4) points.
Virginia (#25) losing to unranked Pittsburgh.

The close calls this week (games that were won by a touchdown or less) included:
Oklahoma (#7) defeating unranked Texas Tech by five (5) points.
Washington State (#8) defeating unranked Cal by six (6) points.
Ohio State (#10) defeating unranked Nebraska by five (5) points.
West Virginia (#13) defeating Texas (#17) by one (1) point.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
Michigan (#5) defeating Penn State (#14).
Georgia (#6) defeating Kentucky (#9).
West Virginia (#13) defeating Texas (#17) by one (1) point.