Archive for March, 2010

SEC sends OSU home

March 28, 2010

The Ohio State women have had a lot of trouble in the NCAA tournament, losing to a lower-seeded team six out of the last seven years. This year was no different as Mississippi State routed the Bucks by 20 points in Pittsburgh in a second-round game. The outcome was revenge for the Lady Bulldogs who lost a close one to OSU in last year’s tournament.

The two most inconsistent teams in men’s basketball this year were Louisville and Tennessee. After beating Syracuse twice, the Cards lost their first-round NCAA matchup to California. The Vols have fared better. After beating Kentucky and Kansas in the regular season, Tennessee looked on top of its game in sending Ohio State home after the regional semifinals.

I’m proud of both Buckeye teams this year as they had great seasons, bringing home Big Ten regular-season and tournament championships.

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Spring is here

March 20, 2010

It is in the low 70s as I type this, and it is the third straight day of beautiful sunny and warm weather.

The conference tournaments came out exactly like the regular season. The Ohio State men and women were both champions. The UK men beat Mississippi State in overtime to win the SEC tourney, and the women lost to Tennessee in the championship game.

Obviously I watch a lot of tournament basketball. Today there are a lot of interesting second-round matchups. At 2:30, the UK women take on Liberty in Louisville in a first-round NCAA game.

Championship Sunday

March 14, 2010

Ohio State will meet a surging Minnesota team this afternoon for the Big Ten Tournament Championship. In the quarterfinals, the Buckeyes needed a 37-footer from Evan Turner at the buzzer to beat Michigan 69-68. Yesterday, it took two overtimes to get past Illinois 88-81.

Kentucky will face Mississippi State for the SEC Tourney Title. So it will be the regular season East #1 vs. regular season West #1.

The Kentucky women gave a good account of themselves in the SEC Women’s Tourney, losing to Tennessee 70-62 in the championship game. The Lady Vols will easily be a #1 seed in the NCAA Women’s Tournament. The Ohio State women won the Big Ten Tourney 66-64 over a surging Iowa team. Jantel Lavender had 35 points.

The Blue Jackets are still the Blue Jackets.

Another sweep for Ohio State

March 4, 2010

You already know about Ohio State winning the Big Ten football championship. The men’s and women’s basketball teams have also earned conference championships this season. The women locked up their sixth-straight title a couple weeks ago.

The men needed help with Purdue, and they got it last Sunday in a great game, as Michigan State visited West Lafayette and came away victorious 53-44. I was actually following that game much more so than the USA-Canada gold medal hockey game.

The Bucks sealed the deal last night in breaking open a close game with Illinois to complete a 14-4 conference record. It is the third Big Ten championship in six seasons.

OSU will probably share the title with Purdue and Michigan State, unless those teams lose one of their final two games. Purdue is way ahead of Indiana as I write this.

The Kentucky women finished second in the SEC. The UK men can lock up the SEC with a win at Georgia tonight.