March 9, 2014
There is no question that the Kentucky women’s team has underachieved this year, relative to expectations. And Ohio State is rebuilding after a long, moderately successful tenure by former coach Jim Foster. But both teams picked up nice conference tournament wins.
Kentucky opened in the quarterfinals by beating Florida, 75-70. DeNesha Stallworth had early foul trouble, but ended up scoring 13 points. The Gators had won both regular season meetings on the strength of a strong transition offense. But the Cats played well down the stretch to earn a semifinal meeting against top-seed South Carolina.
The Gamecocks had also swept the regular-season series over Kentucky, but the Cats prevailed this time 68-58. Stallworth and Linnae Harper each had 12 points for the Big Blue. South Carolina came into the game ranked fifth, and might have garnered a #1 seed in the NCAA tournament had they won the SEC playoff. But they will watch Sunday as the Cats play in their fourth SEC tournament championship in 5 years. Kentucky has not won this tourney since 1982. The opponent will be Tennessee who beat Texas A&M in the other semifinal.
I saw a regular season game between Penn State and Ohio State earlier in the year, and the Buckeyes were no match for the conference champion Lions. But in the Big Ten tournament, the Bucks turned the tables with a 99-82 quarterfinal rout. In the semifinals, Ohio State lost another close one to Iowa. The Bucks finished the season one game below .500.
The Blue Jackets were routed in Chicago Thursday night, but also beat Dallas and Nashville. They currently hold down the second and final wildcard playoff spot, but there is a lot of hockey yet to be played.
The Kentucky men managed to edge Alabama on Senior Night but then lost big yesterday in Gainesville, as expected. Florida became the first team to go 18-0 in SEC conference play. The Ohio State men host Michigan State this afternoon on Senior Day.
I have not had much time for ham radio lately, but the upper bands have been good. A lot of great DX is being worked on the 10-meter band.
March 2, 2014
They say it is always darkest right before the dawn. But this season it is looking more and more like the dawn is just never going to get here.
On January 29th, Ohio State suffered probably its most embarrassing loss of the season as Penn State visited Columbus and left with a 71-70 overtime victory. Last Thursday, the two teams met again, this time in Happy Valley. But the result was about the same, with the Lions winning 65-63. The Buckeyes had some pretty good looks at the basket down the stretch, but PSU, a team that will be lucky to make the NIT, held on to complete the season sweep. Today the Buckeyes visit Bloomington, then finish the regular season next Sunday with Michigan State on Senior Day. In the Big Ten, Michigan is in the driver’s seat, being about the only team that hasn’t suffered embarrassing losses.
The world doesn’t look any better for Kentucky. The Cats hosted Arkansas last Thursday, looking to avenge an earlier loss in Fayetteville. The Hogs are notorious for playing poorly on the road, but they left Rupp Arena with a 71-67 overtime win. Last night the Cats visited South Carolina, the worst team in the SEC, and lost again. Calipari was ejected in the second half. UK rallied down the stretch, but just don’t play with enough intensity for enough time to win.
And then there is the weather. We are expecting a fairly major ice/snow storm starting this afternoon. The only thing that is good about long, cold winters is that it delays the start of lawn mowing :-).
February 23, 2014
We have had a few days of Spring weather here, but it is on its way out. Thursday it hit 70 and I had the Miata top down for awhile. Yesterday it was 60 and sunny, and I got a couple of the cars cleaned up. But we could see lows in the teens in a few days.
The UK women scored a big win last Sunday as they knocked off Tennessee 75-71. It was the Cats’ first win in Knoxville since 1985, and the first ever in Thompson-Boling Arena. But this week league-leading South Carolina came to Lexington and won fairly handily to complete a season sweep of Kentucky. The Cats visit Texas A&M this afternoon.
The Ohio State men have put together 3 wins in-a-row over Illinois, Northwestern and Minnesota. If the Bucks could develop some consistency here, they might make a good run in the Big Ten tournament.
The UK men went to Oxford and built up a big lead on Ole Miss, then held on for a nice road win. But yesterday it took overtime for the Cats to beat visiting LSU. UK is another team with a lot of potential that might go far in the post-season if they can get things together.
February 16, 2014
We are way ahead of normal for snow this winter. A total of 19 inches has fallen in Lexington this season, which is about twice the normal amount. It seems like just about every day, I have to shovel or sweep a little bit more snow.
The Ohio State men have won 3 of 4 since my last post, including a nice win at Iowa. But the Wolverines came to town on the 11th and left with a 70-60 win. The OSU women have not won since January 30th and are 14-14 on the year.
Third-ranked Florida came into Rupp last night and left with a 69-59 win. That almost certainly knocks the Cats out of any hope of an SEC championship. The UK women have looked better at times, but lost to Florida for the second time this year.
February 2, 2014
The Kentucky men took their show on the road last week, and ended up with a split decision. After an 87-82 loss at LSU, the Cats traveled to Columbia yesterday to take on Missouri, winning 84-79. Right now, UK is not a Final Four team in my book, but they continue to show steady improvement.
Ohio State suffered an embarrassing 71-70 overtime loss at home to Penn State, but rebounded by winning in Madison yesterday, 59-58. Wisconsin is another team that started out hot but has been struggling of late. Due to the poor play of some of the regular starters, OSU has gotten some good play from guys coming off the bench.
The Kentucky women lost at Georgia 58-56, then beat LSU in Lexington today, 63-56. The Cats showed much better defensive intensity in beating the Tigers. The Ohio State women routed Illinois 90-64 for their first Big Ten home win, but lost today at Wisconsin 82-71.
The Ohio State men and women are both 4-5 in the conference. With two losses, the Kentucky men are still within striking distance of unbeaten Florida. Four losses will make a title run tough for the UK women, but there is a lot of basketball yet to be played.
The Blue Jackets ran their losing streak to three games with losses to Carolina and Ottawa, but then won two in-a-row (5-2 over Washington and 4-1 over Florida). Columbus has three games on the west coast this week, then that will be it until after the Olympics.
January 26, 2014
I have a nephew that plays hockey on a travel team, and yesterday they were in town to play the local team in the same league. I didn’t expect much from the Lexington squirts team (the Thoroughbreds) since this isn’t really a hockey town. But the ‘Breds are quite good and beat the Columbus Blue Jacket squirts twice, both by the score of 5-2. These teams will get together again in Columbus next weekend.
The real Blue Jackets also lost by the score of 5-2, this time to Buffalo. It ended an 8-game winning streak for Columbus. With the Sabres being the worst team in the east, it is easy to look past them.
The Kentucky men have looked much better lately in home wins over Texas A&M and Georgia. Four of the next five games are on the road. Florida remains unbeaten in SEC play. With the Cats only having one loss, they stay within striking distance.
The Ohio State men hit rock-bottom in a six-point loss at Nebraska, a team they had beaten by 30 points earlier in the month. The Bucks rebounded Thursday night with a win over Illinois, but OSU is not playing with confidence right now. Michigan’s win at Michigan State last night leaves the Wolverines as the only unbeaten team in Big Ten play.
The Kentucky women lost to visiting Alabama after routing them in Tuscaloosa earlier in the month. Today they were behind Arkansas by 10 in the second half, but won by 10. The Ohio State women split two games with the Michigan schools, and are still below .500 in Big Ten play. Believe it or not, the Buckeyes have still not won a conference game at home.
We’ve had a lot of cold weather in January, but not much snow until this week. About three inches fell Tuesday morning, then 4-5 yesterday. Temperatures have been near 50 today, but another major cold spell will be coming in soon.
January 19, 2014
The Blue Jackets’ win streak is now up to six games, with home wins over Tampa Bay and Washington last week, and a shootout win last night in Buffalo. There are three teams in the east with 52 points, which would be enough for the second wild-card spot if the season ended today. This week Columbus has three home games, and they need to keep up the momentum.
It got worse for the Ohio State men with Thursday night’s 63-53 loss in Minneapolis. Tomorrow, the Buckeyes will visit Nebraska, a team they beat by 31 points just 15 days ago. The Michigan schools are a combined 11-0 so far in the Big Ten to lead the pace in early conference play.
The Kentucky women held on for a 73-71 win in Auburn this afternoon, despite shooting less than 50% at the free throw line. But it is good to see the ladies above .500 in the league after the two early losses. Home games against Alabama and Arkansas are coming up.
The toughest game of the week was UK’s overtime loss in Fayetteville on a last-second dunk. The guys came back and beat Tennesse yesterday in Rupp. Home games with Texas A&M and Georgia are coming up this week. Only Florida is still undefeated in league play.
January 13, 2014
The Ohio State men entered the week ranked third in the nation, but suffered two defeats. Tuesday, the Bucks fell behind by 17 in East Lansing, but battled back to send it to overtime. But the Spartans used a couple threes late in OT to pull out a 72-68 win.
Today, OSU lost at home to Iowa 84-74. The Hawkeyes have one of their best teams in years, and they have been looking for a signature win. They got one today. The game was close early, then the Bucks took a nine-point lead in the second half. But it was all Iowa after that.
The Ohio State women are struggling through a rebuilding year. But they have pulled off a couple interesting upsets. First was an 89-78 win over 17th ranked Purdue. A loss to Michigan followed. Then, yesterday, the Bucks traveled to Bloomington and beat #22 Indiana 70-51. So OSU is more competitive in conference play than I expected.
The Kentucky women lost two-in-a-row, starting with last Sunday’s home loss to Florida. The Cats went on the road to South Carolina Thursday night, and lost 68-59 to the #10-ranked Gamecocks. Moments ago, Kentucky wrapped up an 80-69 home win over Missouri. Tennessee also lost just now, in Nashville.
I said in my previous post that the Blue Jackets need to get a run going before the Olympic break. Nicely, Columbus has won three in-a-row since then. After a 4-3 shootout win in Madison Square Garden, Sergei Bobrovsky got his second shutout of the year as the Jackets beat Carolina. Last night Columbus traveled to Winnipeg and won 6-3 after scoring four goals in an 8 1/2 minute stretch of the second period. The Jets fired coach Claude Noel today.
Our area was not immune from the cold weather earlier in the week, although the snowfall ended up being insignificant. After temperatures in the 50s over the weekend, we got down to -5 F on Tuesday morning. This weekend we have rebounded back to the 50s.
January 5, 2014
I hope all readers have an excellent new year!
As is the case in much of the country, we will have near-record cold here within a day or so. It is in the 50s now, By this time tomorrow, temperatures will probably have fallen more than 50 degrees.
The Blue Jackets managed to avenge the embarrassing loss to Philadelphia that I mentioned in my previous post. They’ve played .500 hockey since then. Both regular goaltenders are back healthy again, and a number of other players are back after injuries. Tomorrow night Columbus travels to New York to play the Rangers. After that, the Jackets have 9 of the next 12 games at home. They are going to have to crank it up a bit, and get closer to playoff position before the Olympics break.
The Ohio State men went to Madison Square Garden and came from behind late to beat Notre Dame 64-61. The Bucks opened Big Ten play on New Year’s Eve at Purdue, broke open a close game and won 78-69. Saturday’s rout of Nebraska leaves the Buckeyes at 2-0 in the league.
The Ohio State women are rebuilding this year, but opened Big Ten play with an upset win over #17 Purdue. The Bucks play Michigan later today.
The Kentucky men won the annual big game against Louisville 73-66. The Cats have the weekend off, and will play Mississippi State Wednesday.
The UK women played Duke before a sellout crowd in Rupp Arena, but lost for the first time this season 69-61. After a nice win in Tuscaloosa. the Cats play Florida this afternoon.
I had a chance to visit the Aetna & Baker City HO-scale model railroad layout for a few days after Christmas. Checkout my You Tube page: http://www.youtube.com/user/ku4a/videos for some new videos. You’ll also see some of my recent broadcast-band catches there as well.
December 20, 2013
I hope everyone has a joyous holiday season!
Ohio State finally lost a game in Urban Meyer’s tenure, as Michigan State defeated the Buckeyes 34-24 in the Big Ten championship game. So, the National Championship game will feature Auburn (who beat Missouri for the SEC championship) and Florida State (who beat Duke for the ACC championship).
The Blue Jackets continue to win enough games to stay in the hunt for a playoff spot. But the last couple of outings have been embarrassing. First was a 3-2 home loss to Winnipeg, a team that could have been beaten if Columbus had played with any energy at all. Last night, Columbus had a 3-0 lead in the third period in Philadelphia. Final score: Flyers 5 Jackets 4. The Blue Jackets really need to put together a string of wins pretty soon to ensure that they stay in contention.
The Kentucky men traveled to Chapel Hill and played pretty well. But the result was an 82-77 loss to the up-and-down Tar Heels. The Ohio State men continue undefeated, with a big game coming up Saturday night in Madison Square Garden against Notre Dame.
The Kentucky women are also undefeated, and play #2 Duke Sunday afternoon in Rupp Arena. I understand that the game is a sellout. The Ohio State women are 8-6 and continue to rebuild. I got to see them play in Cincinnati. The Buckeyes lost, but probably have the talent to win some Big Ten games.
Last weekend was the ARRL Ten Meter contest. This is always one of my favorites. Since we are close to the peak in the current sunspot cycle, propagation on 10m (28 MHz) has been good. I operate the contest using 5 watts, and it is possible to easily work the world with those power levels when propagation is this good.