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Friday, May 12, 2006

I've just verified, from an NCAA TV listing, that Sunday's Division I softball selection show will air at 3:30 pm (Eastern) on ESPNews. As far as I know, ESPNews is available only if you subscribe to satellite or digital cable service. I'm sure that the brackets will be posted on several of the websites in my links section (right-hand side of the page), however. Talking about websites I've linked to, student radio station WNUR at Northwestern has been doing a "Bracketology" during the season, fearlessly forecasting who will be in the NCAA filed. Take a look, if you haven't already.

Here's where we stand at the moment (a little before 5:00 pm Central) in the major conference tournaments:

Starting at 9:00 am Saturday, the Big 10 tourney will have its semi-finals (Michigan vs. Indiana, followed by Northwestern vs. the winner between Ohio State and Penn State) and then the final.

As I did yesterday, I just checked the Weather Channel for Evanston and it's currently experiencing rain showers, 45 degrees (F.), feels like 40. Saturday looks like more of the same.

In the Big 12 tournament, which is a little more complicted because it's double-elimination, the four remaining teams (with their seeds) are: Nebraska (2), Oklahoma (5), Kansas (6), and Missouri (7). Two things that jump out at me are the near-absence of the highest seeded teams, and the fact that all four remaining squads are from the old Big 8 conference and none are from the old Southwest Conference (SWC), from which four schools were absorbed (Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, and Baylor) to form the Big 12. As an aside, the university at which I teach, Texas Tech, is home to the SWC Archives.

In the SEC tourney, after everything yesterday went according to seeding, today the opposite happened. Tennessee (4) beat Alabama (1) and LSU (3) beat Georgia (2), meaning that Saturday afternoon's final will match the Vols and Bayou Bengals.

As you'll notice from the documents linked above, some of these games will be shown on regional Fox Sports cable channels.