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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)

Sweet Sixteen in 2016!

March 21, 2016

The second round of action has been completed and the field has been halved once again.  All that remain are the “sweet sixteen” teams, each one with dreams of reaching the “Final Four” by this time next week.

Here’s a breakdown of the second round action . . . the winners, the losers, and the surprises (lower seeds).

West Regional
Oregon (#1) defeated St. Joseph’s (#8)
Oklahoma (#2) defeated VCU (#7)
Texas A&M (#3) defeated Northern Iowa (#11)
Duke (#4) defeated Yale (#12)

South Regional
Kansas (#1) defeated UConn (#9)
Villanova (#2) defeated Iowa (#7)
Miami (#3) defeated Wichita State (#11)
Maryland (#5) defeated Hawaii (#13)

East Regional
North Carolina (#1) defeated Providence (#9)
Indiana (#5) defeated Kentucky (#4)
Notre Dame (#6) defeated Stephen F. Austin (#14)
Wisconsin (#7) defeated Xavier (#2)

Midwest Regional
Virginia (#1) defeated Butler (#9)
Iowa State (#4) defeated Arkansas-Little Rock (#12)
Syracuse (#10) defeated Middle Tennessee State (#15)
Gonzaga (#11) defeated Utah (#4)

The Final Four, 2015!

March 30, 2015

127Alrighty then, the second weekend of the NCAA College Basketball Tournament is in the books and the original field of 68 has now been reduced to the final four teams!  The pinnacle of the college basketball season is upon us.

From the Sweet Sixteen to the Elite Eight, all but one of the higher seeded teams advanced.  Michigan State was the lowest seed (#7) remaining in the Elite Eight following their victory over the University of Oklahoma on Friday.  Go Green!

From the Elite Eight to the Final Four . . . the #1 seeds advanced in three of the four regions . . . the Midwest (Kentucky), the South (Duke), and the West (Wisconsin).  But in the East, once again the Michigan State Spartans, a #7 seed, were able to advance by defeating the Louisville Cardinals (#4 seed) in overtime to secure their spot in the Final Four!  Woohoo, what a game!  Go Green!

Next up for the Spartans the Duke Blue Devils on Saturday for a chance to advance to the title game next Monday.

Sweet Sixteen to Elite Eight: here were the survivors . . .

Midwest
(#1) Kentucky 78 over (#5) West Virginia 39
(#3) Notre Dame 81 over (#7) Wichita State 70

East
(#4) Louisville 75 over (#8) NC State 65
(#7) Michigan State 62 over (#3) Oklahoma 58

South
(#1) Duke 63 over (#5) Utah 57
(#2) Gonzaga 74 over (#11) UCLA 62

West
(#1) Wisconsin 79 over (#4) North Carolina 72
(#2) Arizona 68 over (#6) Xavier 60

Elite Eight to Final Four: here are the survivors . . .

Midwest
(#1) Kentucky 68 over (#3) Notre Dame 66

East
(#7) Michigan State 76 over (#4) Louisville 70 in overtime

South
(#1) Duke 66 over (#2) Gonzaga 52

West
(#1) Wisconsin 85 over (#2) Arizona 78

College Basketball 2015, Week Twenty!

March 25, 2015

127Oh, how sweet it is!  The first week of the NCAA Men’s College Basketball Tournament is in the books and the field of 68 has already been whittled down to the Sweet Sixteen!  And the Michigan State Spartans are among them.  They defeated the Georgia Bulldogs (#10 seed) on Friday and followed up with a victory over #2 seed Virginia on Sunday.  What an excellent weekend for the Spartans!  This week has the Spartans facing the Sooners of the University of Oklahoma for a chance to advance on to the Elite Eight!   Go Green!

Here are the survivors from last week’s match-ups:

Midwest
Kentucky (#1)
Notre Dame (#3)
West Virginia (#5)
Wichita State (#7)

East
Oklahoma (#3)
Louisville (#4)
Michigan State (#7)
NC State (#8)

South
Duke (#1)
Gonzaga (#2)
Utah (#5)
UCLA (#11)

West
Wisconsin (#1)
Arizona (#2)
North Carolina (#4)
Xavier (#6)

Goodbye to 76.5% of the Field!

March 24, 2014

127The first week of March Madness has come to a close and we have already lost more the 3/4ths of the teams that began.  The Sweet Sixteen are all that remain.  There are still three #1 seeds remaining (Wichita State has been the only #1 seed to lose thus far), two #2 seeds (Kansas and Villanova have both been eliminated), one #3 seed (Syracuse, Creighton, and Duke have all gone down to defeat), all four #4 seeds, one #6, one #7, one #8, and three double-digit seeds (one #10 and two #11).  Cindarella showed up early and often this year . . . Mercer (#14), Tennessee (#11), North Dakota State (#12), Harvard (#12), Stanford (#10), Stephen F. Austin (#12) and Dayton (#11).  Stanford, Tennessee and Dayton are still dancing.

The Spartans and two other Big Ten Conference teams (Wisconsin and Michigan) have made the cut and will play again in the next round.   Next up for Michigan State: Virginia, the #1 seed from the East Regional.  Go Green!  Below is the final breakdown by region of the remaining Sweet Sixteen teams.

Good luck one and all and may the madness continue!

East Regional
Virginia (#1) vs. Michigan State (#4)
Iowa State (#3) vs. Connecticut (#7)

South Regional
Florida (#1) vs. UCLA (#4)
Stanford (#10) vs. Dayton (#11)

Midwest Regional
Michigan (#2) vs. Tennessee (#11)
Louisville (#4) vs. Kentucky (#8)

West Regional
Arizona (#1) vs. San Diego State (#4)
Wisconsin (#2) vs. Baylor (#6)

Restrain Yourself!

March 28, 2013

127Here we are in the middle of March Madness and ready to continue down the Road to the Final Four.  We start the weekend with sixteen teams and by Sunday evening, only four will remain.  And despite our best efforts, we must strive to remain halcyon . . . for where the alma mater is concerned, we are still quite susceptible to corybantic behavior from time to time.  Good luck to all the Big Ten teams this weekend (but especially the Michigan State Spartans . . . Go Green!).

corybantic

\kawr-uhban-tik, kor-\, adjective;

frenzied; agitated; unrestrained

How Sweet It Is!

March 25, 2013

127College basketball’s Sweet Sixteen, that is.  What a great weekend of college basketball!  The Michigan State Spartans had an excellent game and made the cut as did three other Big Ten teams (Indiana, Ohio State, and Michigan).  History was made this year as the very first #15 seed (Florida Gulf Coast) has advanced to the Sweet Sixteen.  Of the top four seeds, we have already lost one #1 seed (Gonzaga), one #2 seed (Georgetown), one #3 seed (New Mexico), and two 4 seeds (Kansas State and Saint Louis).  The lower seeds that remain: one #6 seed (Arizona), one #9 seed (Wichita State), one #12 seed (Oregon), one #13 seed (La Salle), and one #15 seed (Florida Gulf Coast).  Congratulations to all of the Sweet Sixteen teams . . . good luck next week.

The Midwest Region:
Louisville (#1) defeated Colorado State (#8)
Oregon (#12) defeated Saint Louis (#4)
Michigan State (#3) defeated Memphis (#6)
Duke (#2) defeated Creighton (#7)

The South Region:
Kansas (#1) defeated  North Carolina (#9)
Michigan (#4) defeated VCU (#5)
Florida (#3) defeated Minnesota (#11)
Florida Gulf Coast (#15) defeated San Diego State (#7)

The East:
Indiana (#1) defeated Temple (#9)
Syracuse (#4) defeated California (#12)
Marquette (#3) defeated Butler (#6)
Miami (#2) defeated Illinois (#7)

The West:
Wichita State (#9) defeated Gonzaga (#1)
La Salle (#13) defeated  Ole Miss (#12)
Arizona (#6) defeated Harvard (#14)
Ohio State (#2) defeated Iowa State (#10)

How “Sweet” It Is!

March 22, 2010

The first weekend has come to an end and the field has been reduced from 64 teams to 16; the Sweet Sixteen.  Congratulations to all the teams that have survived this first weekend.  As we continue down the Road to the Final Four, who knows what next weekend will bring.  One thing is for sure, there will be plenty of exciting college basketball. Next up for the Spartans, Northern Iowa who defeated the overall #1 seed Kansas on Saturday . . . Go Green!

Here are the sixteen (with their seeding in parentheses).

Duke (1)
Kentucky (1)
Syracuse (1)
Kansas State (2)
Ohio State (2)
West Virginia (2)
Baylor (3)
Purdue (4)
Butler (5)
Michigan State (5)
Tennessee (6)
Xavier (6)
Northern Iowa (9)
St. Mary’s (10)
Washington (11)
Cornell (12)

The Field is Complete, and the Field is Sweet!

March 22, 2009
Good Luck Spartans!  Go Green!

Good Luck Spartans! Go Green!

Okay, the last eight teams have made it to the Sweet Sixteen!  The field is complete!  Congratulations to: Louisville, Syracuse, Xavier, Kansas, Arizona, Pittsburgh, Missouri, and yes, MICHIGAN STATE!  Go Green!  Many close games today (nail biters to say the least).  Most of the top seeds made it through to this point . . . the only exception today, Arizona (originally a #12 seed) — Cindarella is still dancing!

With all of these top seeds making it through to the Sweet Sixteen, should set up some excellent games next week.

Up next for the Spartans . . . the Kansas Jayhawks (whom the Spartans  defeated back in early January) . . . stay tuned, the madness continues.

Sweet Sixteen, Round One!

March 21, 2009

Okay, the first half of the Sweet Sixteen are set.  And, all but one were top seeds.  Purdue was the only underdog (#5 seed) to beat a higher seeded opponent (Washington, #4 seed).

Congratulations to the first eight of the Sweet Sixteen: UConn, North Carolina, Memphis, Oklahoma, Duke, Villanova, Gonzaga, and Purdue.  We’ll see how well the next half play tomorrow.  Go Green!