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 in December, with a full three Tests, three One Day International, and three 20Twenty matches, the last on Christmas Day. In the midst of that were the Virat Kohli nuptials, which were celebrated on a Villa in Tuscany, the grand party being on Boxing Day, with the team parting for South Africa still with the hangovers from the party, some probably still partying as they boarded the plane. In any case their Tour of South Africa began badly, putting at risk their number one rating in the world rankings, and indeed, South Africa did command the first two Test matches convincingly, but finally fell in the third test match.
India put paid any rumors that they were exhausted from play and Kohli's parties, by besting South Africa in five of the six, practically sweeping the series. In the three T20I matches, which concluded the series last week, India took two of three. In the 6th ODI, Virat Kohli celebrated his 35th ODI hundred.
It is this time that South Africa receives no rest. Australia, refreshed with some down time after their December trouncing of England in the Ashes series, arrived in South Africa, to begin their 1st Test, this past Thursday, which continues this weekend at Kingsmead, Durban. Australia leads handily after three days of play. Meanwhile, England continues their tour of New Zealand.
In the USA, in NCAA College Basketball, conferences are wrapping up their seasons this weekend, with some awarding Conference Championships, most playing their regular season finale. The Wildcats of Kentucky will visit the Florida Gators this morning, playing what will be a hard fought games at the Exactech Arena. John Calipari's Wildcats look to extend their four-game winning streak in their SEC finale against Mike White's Gators. Kentucky's 66-64 loss to Florida on Jan. 20 snapped a 30-game SEC home winning streak.
The Xavier Musketeers will travel from their own friendly confines in Cincinatti, to travel to Chicago, meeting DePaul at the Wintrust Arena in a Big East matchup. Marin Maric and Tre'Darius McCallum head the Blue Demons seniors playing their regular-season home finale against Chris Mack's Musketeers, who took the teams' first meeting 77-72. The Crimson Tide of Alabama will visit Texas A&M for play at the Reed Arena. Junior center Tyler Davis and the Aggies look to avenge their worst loss of the season in a rematch against Alabama. Freshman guard John Petty scored 18 points for the Crimson Tide in a 79-57 drubbing earlier in the season.
The Blue Jays of Creighton University travel from Omaha to Milwaukee to take on Marquette at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. Led by guard Sacar Anim's 26 points, Marquette erased a 15-point second half deficit to defeat Greg McDermott's Bluejays 90-86 last month, and despite the Golden Warriors' recent win over the Georgetown Hoyas, their play has been so inconsistent this season that the result is too difficult to call.