Still Alive

Before Tuesday night, I would have bet serious money that Ohio State could not give Indiana a good game in Bloomington on Senior Night. But the Bucks pulled off the upset 67-58, after a win at Northwestern last week 63-53.

So OSU is right back in the Big Ten title picture. Sunday, they close out the regular season at home against Illinois. The Buckeyes will hope to avenge a rout in Champaign in early January. In the meantime Sunday, the Hoosiers visit Ann Arbor. If Michigan and Ohio State win, several teams will share the title. GO BLUE!

Last night, Kentucky was officially eliminated from SEC title considerations as Florida beat Vanderbilt 66-40. Even if UK wins at Georgia tonight, and beats Florida Saturday, the Cats will still finish a game behind Florida. Last Saturday, Kentucky lost in Fayetteville 73-60 to an Arkansas team that seems unable to win on the road, but has an impressive home record.

Speaking of second place, that is where the UK women finished the regular season. The Cats recovered from the LSU loss by routing Ole Miss 90-65. Then the Cats beat Tennessee on Senior Day in Lexington. As the saying goes, you can’t lose at home, and the loss to Georgia ultimately denied Kentucky a share of the title.

The Ohio State women righted the ship. The Bucks won the last three games of the regular season, and six of the last eight, but finished 7-9 in the league. Tonight OSU plays Minnesota in the Big Ten tournament, a team that swept the Buckeyes in the regular season. Still, the better play of late may allow Ohio State to make some noise in the conference tournament.

The Blue Jackets started the long home stand with an overtime loss to Dallas. Then they traveled to Chicago and once again lost by one goal. But then Columbus won two-in-a-row for the first time this year, with 2-1 and 4-3 wins over Colorado and Edmonton.

My old TV finally gave up the ghost, so I purchased a 40″ Samsung last Sunday. I am all set for March Madness.

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