National Runner-Up

For some reason I had a sense that I would jinx UK if I posted to my blog during their run to the championship game. So that’s the primary reason why I haven’t posted since March 22. That or some other excuse :-).

After knocking off previously unbeaten Wichita State 78-76, the Cats beat in-state rival Louisville 74-69 to earn a trip to the regional final. There they beat an excellent Michigan team 75-72 which punched Kentucky’s ticket to the Final Four in North Texas.

In the national semifinals, Kentucky edged Wisconsin 74-73 while Connecticut came from behind to beat Florida. Then in the national championship game. Kentucky kept it close in the second half but ended up losing 60-54. The Cats missed 11 free throws while the Huskies were perfect from the line. So an old bugaboo reared its ugly head. Still, Kentucky’s season ended up being a lot better than it appeared toward the end of the regular season.

The Kentucky women took care of Syracuse in Lexington then headed to South Bend to meet Baylor, a team they had beaten 133-130 (4 OT) in Dallas earlier in the season. This meeting was nowhere near as close. The Bears maintained a working margin through most of the game and cruised to the win.

Last night the Blue Jackets qualified for the Stanley Cup Playoffs for only the second time in franchise history. If the season ended today, Columbus would play Pittsburgh in the first round. However with each playoff-bound team having at least two games remaining, it is possible that positions will shift a bit. The Jackets could be paired with the Rangers, and it is still possible that they could move into second place in the Metropolitan division and get the home-ice advantage in the first round.




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