India Cricket Update:
When we last met, prior to the great Winter Olympics buildup,India had fallen
into the doldrums while on their Tour of South Africa. If you recall, India
had hosted Sri Lanka inDecember, with a full three Tests, three One Day
International, and three 20Twentymatches, the last on Christmas Day. In the
midst of that were the Virat Kohlinuptials, which were celebrated on a Villa in
Tuscany, the grand party being onBoxing Day, with the team parting for South
Africa still with the hangoversfrom the party, some probably still partying as
they boarded the plane. In any case their Tour of South Africa beganbadly,
putting at risk their number one rating in the world rankings, andindeed, South
Africa did command the first two Test matches convincingly, butfinally fell in
the third test match.
India put paid any rumors that they were exhausted from playand Kohli's
parties, by besting South Africa in five of the six, practicallysweeping the
series. In the three T20Imatches, which concluded the series last week, India
took two of three. In the 6th ODI, Virat Kohli celebrated his35th ODI hundred.
It is this time that South Africa receives no rest. Australia, refreshed with
some down timeafter their December trouncing of England in the Ashes series,
arrived in SouthAfrica, to begin their 1st Test, this past Thursday, which
continues thisweekend at Kingsmead, Durban. Australialeads handily after three
days of play. Meanwhile, England continues their tour of New Zealand.
In the USA, in NCAA College Basketball, conferences arewrapping up their
seasons this weekend, with some awarding ConferenceChampionships, most playing
their regular season finale. The Wildcats of Kentucky will visit the
FloridaGators this morning, playing what will be a hard fought games at the
ExactechArena. John Calipari's Wildcats look to extend their four-game winning
streakin their SEC finale against Mike White's Gators. Kentucky's 66-64 loss
toFlorida on Jan. 20 snapped a 30-game SEC home winning streak.
The Xavier Musketeers will travel from their own friendlyconfines in
Cincinatti, to travel to Chicago, meeting DePaul at the WintrustArena in a Big
East matchup. Marin Maricand Tre'Darius McCallum head the Blue Demons seniors
playing theirregular-season home finale against Chris Mack's Musketeers, who
took the teams'first meeting 77-72. The Crimson Tide ofAlabama will visit
Texas A&M forplay at the Reed Arena. Junior center Tyler Davis and the Aggies
look to avengetheir worst loss of the season in a rematch against Alabama.
Freshman guardJohn Petty scored 18 points for the Crimson Tide in a 79-57
drubbing earlier inthe season.
The Blue Jays of Creighton University travel from Omaha toMilwaukee to take on
Marquette at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. Led by guardSacar Anim's 26 points,
Marquette erased a 15-point second half deficit todefeat Greg McDermott's
Bluejays 90-86 last month, and despite the GoldenWarriors' recent win over the
Georgetown Hoyas, their play has been soinconsistent this season that the
result is too difficult to call.
Posted By Rex to SR at 3/03/2018 12:37:00 AM
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