The Truman State Bulldogs women’s basketball team are in Springfield today for a NCAA Division II basketball tournament first round game with Drury. The eighth seeded Bulldogs and top seeded Drury met back on February 1 in Kirksville with Drury coming out on top by seven points. The Bulldogs in my opinion have improved defensively since then and have played extraordinarily well over the past couple of weeks while Drury was bounced out of the GLVC tournament last week in the first round by Maryville College. Of course the Bulldogs would go on to win that same tournament and do so in very impressive fashion. The Bulldogs are playing in their first NCAA tournament game since 1999 which just happened to be coach Amy Eagan’s senior season at Truman if I remember correctly. Tip off is set for 6:00 this evening.
The Missouri Tigers men’s basketball team took a couple of days out of their busy scheduled to visit the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. They somehow managed to defeat Texas AandM yesterday but it took them two overtimes to do it. They actually probably could have defeated Florida today because Florida didn’t play very well at all but Mizzou saw no reason to do that and managed to play worse than Florida did and were ice cold in the second half before showing a small smidgeon of life in the final couple of minutes. It was not a pretty basketball game to watch and Florida can’t be at all happy with the way they played. I’m not sure how much Mizzou cares any more. I have pretty much come to the conclusion over the past few weeks that the Missouri Tigers have gone just about as far as they can go with Frank Haith and they might want to look at making a change over the off season. I doubt they will but it is what needs to happen in my opinion. There is still an outside chance Mizzou could make the NCAA tournament but I don’t think there is much of one. I’d say it is much more likely that they will be headed to the NIT which is probably where they belong.
The St. Louis Cardinals have had a rough go of it this spring and are currently 3 and 7 with two ties in spring training games. Of course you can’t really read much into that because many of those games were played with reserves and minor league players making up a majority of the lineup but the pitching has struggled at times this season which has to be a little concerning for the Cardinals coaching staff. The pitching has improved over the last few days though and the Cardinals are starting to look more like themselves as they continue weeding out the players who will either not make the team or be optioned to the minor leagues. It’s hard to believe we are a little over two weeks away from opening day.
NASCAR is in Bristol, Tennessee this weekend for both Spring Cup and Nationwide Series races. Bristol is one of the older tracks on the circuit and a favorite of many hardcore NASCAR fans. This will be the the fourth race of the year with Dale Earnhardt JR. and Brad Keslowski being the only two drivers to finish in the top five of all three races thus far this year.
It was announced earlier this week that this would be Andy Jackson’s last year as coach of the Kirksville High School baseball team. Jackson has accepted a position as high school principal in La Plata. It’s going to be a busy summer as KHS will need to replace two excellent coaches in Andy Jackson and wrestling coach Kevin Powell. Both men saw their first exposure to the programs they would go ont to lead as players. Both men leave behind a legacy that will be hard to duplicate. The KHS baseball season will begin shortly and hopefully they can have a good year and send Coach Jackson out on a high note.
We’ll be back on Monday with a look back at a busy weekend of sports action and a look ahead to next week which will of course see the start of the NCAA basketball tournament. Thanks as always for taking the time to read this and all the other blogs on this site. Please follow me on Twitter at KDEBlog. We will be live all weekend with frequent updates.
Have a great weekend!