The Sweet Sixteen

The Kentucky and Ohio State women’s teams were both seeded third in their respective regions in the NCAA Tournament. So, both had first and second round games on their home floors.

Kentucky beat UNC-Asheville by 54 in the first round, then broke open a close game with Oklahoma to win by 21. It just so happens that the regionals are in Rupp Arena. So, the home stand continues. Tonight the Cats face 7th-seed Washington. The Huskies pulled off what I consider to be a big upset in knocking off #2 seed Maryland on their home floor.

Ohio State beat Buffalo by 19, then held on for an 88-81 win over West Virginia in a great game. The Bucks are in the Sioux Falls, South Dakota region and play Tennessee tonight. Tennessee, like Washington, is a scary matchup as the Vols are playing much better now than they did earlier in the year.

After winning the SEC Tournament with an overtime win over Texas A&M, the Kentucky men beat Stony Brook despite some lackluster play early. But then in a 4-5 matchup, the Cats fell to Indiana. Front-line play has been inconsistent all season, and it wasn’t good enough to beat the Hoosiers.

The Ohio State men had two home games in the NIT, but were lethargic on the court. It took overtime to beat Akron. Then the Bucks fell to Florida. With everyone coming back next year, it will be interesting to see if OSU can get back to competing for the Big Ten title.

 

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