Moving On To The Men’s Conference Tournaments

Since my last post, Ohio State picked up a nice win over Iowa. But this was followed by yet another big loss to Michigan State. So, the Buckeyes finished the regular season 19-12 and 11-7 in the Big Ten. OSU plays Penn State Thursday in the Big Ten tournament. It would be nice to see the Bucks pick up a 20th win. If they do, they would play Michigan State for the third time in 18 days.

Ohio State is clearly on the bubble for the NCAA tournament, assuming they don’t win the championship. As an OSU fan, we’re used to being on the bubble a lot. My theory is, especially in the case of a team as young as the Buckeyes, is that you’re actually better off going to the NIT, and giving the freshmen and sophomores some tournament experience. I look for OSU to be better next year as this team matures.

Since my last post, Kentucky lost at Vanderbilt (an easy place to lose), but then won a share (with Texas A&M) of the SEC regular season championship with wins over Florida and LSU. As the #2 seed, the Cats will play Friday night in the quarterfinals of the SEC tournament.

Other than a brief spate of cold shooting by Tyler Ulis, Kentucky’s guard play has been excellent and will be a huge help to the Cats in the NCAA tournament. The front-line play has been a different matter. But Derek Willis is back from an injury, and Skal Labissiere has played much better of late. Alex Poythress has been inconsistent. But if everyone plays well, Kentucky is as good as anybody in the NCAA field.

Speaking of the NCAA tournament, it seems as wide open this year as it ever has been. Should be a lot of fun.

We are expecting temperatures in the mid-70s this week. Last year we had a foot of snow in March. Doesn’t seem likely so far this year!


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