Selection Sunday is Here

NCAA tournament pairings will be announced tonight at 6:00. Kentucky may or may not be among the 68 teams in the field. After closing out the regular season with a loss at Georgia and an impressive home win over Florida, the Cats fell completely flat in the SEC tournament, losing big to Vanderbilt in the quarterfinals. At 21-11, the Cats are clearly on the bubble. For the SEC regular season, UK finished in a 3-way tie for second with Ole Miss and Alabama.

Ohio State beat Illinois 68-55 last Sunday to close out the regular season. Then they watched on TV as Michigan blew a working margin late (and missed a bunch of free throws) and lost to Indiana. So, the Hoosiers were undisputed Big Ten champions. The Bucks and Michigan State finished tied for second. In the Big Ten tournament, OSU beat Nebraska in the quarters then knocked off the Spartans 61-58 yesterday in the semifinals. It will be the Buckeyes and the Badgers this afternoon for the tourney championship. I think Ohio State might be in line for a #2 seed in the big dance if they win today.

The UK women beat Vandy and Georgia in the SEC tournament to reach the final game. But Texas A&M prevailed 75-67, after being swept by the Cats in the regular season. Kentucky has a good chance at a #2 seen given the strength of the SEC. The women’s NCAA pairings will be announced tomorrow night.

The OSU women beat Minnesota in the Big Ten tournament (after being swept by the Gophers in the regular season) but then were no match for #1 seeded Penn State, losing 76-66.

The Blue Jackets have suddenly come to life. Mainly due to incredible goaltending by Sergei Bobrovsky, Columbus has earned at least one standing point in the last 10 games, going 6-0-4. Being in the midst of a home stand has helped. Bob has a save percentage north of .950, but the Jackets need more offense to sustain this surge.

We had temperatures in the low to mid-70s yesterday with a good bit of sun. This morning it is 33 degrees with rain and a chance of snow. Such is life in the Bluegrass.

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