Basketball Wrapup

The Kentucky men are 38-0 heading into tomorrow night’s national semifinal against Wisconsin. This is a rematch from last year’s Final Four, won by Kentucky in a close game. I look for it to be close again this year. The other semifinal pits Michigan State against Duke. All four teams are lead by legendary coaches, any of whom could win it all. Looking ahead, there are interesting possibilities for the championship game. It could be an all-Big-Ten final, or it could be a Duke-Kentucky matchup, one of the all-time great rivalries in the sport.

The Ohio State men ended the regular season on a sour note, being routed at home by Wisconsin. After a mediocre Big Ten tournament performance, the Buckeyes did manage to beat Virginia Commonwealth in the first round of the NCAA, which was a mild upset. But then OSU was no match for Arizona in the second round. With several graduations and D’Angelo Russell likely turning pro, the team will look a lot different next year.

The Ohio State women had a nice run in the Big Ten tournament, going all the way to the championship game before losing a close one to Maryland. The Terps joined the league this year, and have yet to lose to a Big Ten opponent since. They were a #1 seed in the NCAA, and made the Final Four.

The Buckeyes were a #5 seed in the NCAA. Their second-round game was in Chapel Hill against North Carolina. After trailing by 20 in the second half, the Bucks made a game of it before losing on a last second shot.

The Kentucky women knocked off South Carolina in the last game of the regular season, denying the Gamecocks an undefeated regular season. In the SEC tournament, the Cats were unable to get past Tennessee, which is a common problem. In the NCAA, Kentucky was given the #2 seed in the east, despite 9 losses. But in the second round, the Dayton Flyers beat the Cats in Memorial Coliseum in a wild one, 99-94. Dayton went on to rout Louisville in the regional, and gave Connecticut a good game early before losing by 21.

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