I'm not a big fan of girls basketball, but today's game between Southeast Polk and Ankeny was a thriller. It doesn't matter if it was a game of darts, these two schools hate losing to each other. I will even go as far as to say that the Ankeny/SEP rivalry is better than Valley/Dowling. This one had the feel of a state championship game, but Ankeny has one more to play. Saturday night's game against #1 Iowa City West will be for the title, but I guarantee it won't reach the level of this afternoon's semifinal.
|Ankeny advances to 4A title game.|
Drake plays Creighton in another quarterfinal game, tonight at 6:00pm. Rayvonte Rice and Ben Simons need to combine for 50 points for the Bulldogs to have a chance.
For the first time in over 10 years, Iowa State is favored against a top-10 team. The Cyclones are a 1.5-point favorite over #9 Baylor, tomorrow. I'd be shocked if Iowa State lost. A win would give the 'Clones the 3-seed in the Big 12 Tournament, meaning they would play Thursday night around 8:30 in Kansas City. With a win against Baylor and one victory in the conference tournament the Cyclones should be about a 6-seed in the NCAA Tournament.
How is Northwestern still in bracket 'guru' Joe Lundari's field of 68? The Cats are 17-12 overall and just 7-10 in conference play, with a 2-10 record against the RPI top-50. If Iowa beats NW on Saturday it will be a moot point. There's no way Northwestern could survive a loss to the Hawks.
Someone installed a Mike and Ike's air freshener in the restroom here at work. It smells so good, I'm looking for excuses to go back in.