3-in-a-row for the Big Ten

After struggling for a decade, the Big Ten has won the Big Ten/ACC Challenge for the third year in a row. The big game for me was Ohio State’s 85-63 win over visiting Duke. In the other headliner, Wisconsin played well in Chapel Hill before losing to North Carolina 60-57.

The next game for the OSU men is a visit to Kansas next Saturday.

The Blue Jackets have been in western Canada. Thursday night they scored two goals late to tie Calgary, then Rick Nash won the game in a shootout. That game was bracketed by losses in Vancouver and Edmonton so the trip hasn’t really been a success so far. Columbus will come back east and visit Montreal before coming home for a long home stand, which includes another meeting with defending Stanley Cup champion Boston.

Anthony Davis blocked a shot with just seconds to go in Rupp Arena earlier today, and Kentucky beat North Carolina 73-72 to remain unbeaten. That’s two in-a-row for the Cats over the Heels, as UK beat UNC in an NCAA regional final last year. Last year’s regular-season meeting between the two was in Chapel Hill which North Carolina won by 2.

The Ohio State women got a scare from Florida State, and had to go to overtime to win. Tayler Hill had a career-high 31 points to keep the Bucks unbeaten. A big test comes tomorrow as OSU visits perennial power Oklahoma.

The Kentucky women are still unbeaten but the upcoming schedule is incredible. Of the next four games, three are with Louisville, Duke and Notre Dame, all three of which are ranked in the top ten.

The stock market continues volatile, but it was good to see a nice rally after the murderous Thanksgiving week. I think now one needs to let things cool off a bit before putting more money into stocks.

Lots of amateur radio stuff going on here. I had several nice QSOs on D-Star (mentioned previously) and it sure is a lot of fun. The North American QRP CW Club has an interesting “operating challenge” for the month of December: Ragchews lasting 20 minutes or more. I’ve already completed two such QSOs, and it always reminds me of my early days in the hobby as HF CW was the first thing I was able to do. Last but not least, there is an RTTY contest tomorrow on 10-meters only (starts tonight at 7 PM Eastern time). If the band is good, it should be a fun contest.

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