The Truman State women’s basketball team are in Kansas City for a second round MIAA tournament game with Emporia State.  The Bulldogs have a lot if incentive to win this game coming from several different directions.  Not only is this a rematch of last year’s heartbreaking loss in the MIAA tournament which I’m sure the Bulldogs still vividly remember but a win today might just ensure the Bulldogs make the NCAA Division II tournament.  Obviously the Bulldogs would automatically be in the tournament by winning the MIAA tournament but they could also secure an at large bid.  The top eight teams from each reason make the NCAA tournament and the Bulldogs are currently ranked ninth.  Beathing Emporia State might just be enough to move the Bulldogs up that one spot they need to make the tournament.  If they can win today and tomorrow then they would virtually be assured of making the tournament. 

The Kirksville High School Lady Tigers head to St. Charles tomorrow to take on one of the top girls basketball teams in the country as they will face Incarnate Word.  According to USA Today Incarnate Word is the 12th best girls basketball team in the country but all that means is that there are eleven teams better than they are and what does USA Today know anyway.  The Lady Tigers have been here before and they know the pressure that comes from playing at this level.  If they play the way they are capable of playing they can beat anybody and Wednesday’s grind it out victory against a good St. Dominic team showed the Lady Tigers mettle and what they are capable of.  They adapted well to St. Dominic’s style and I’m sure they will do the same thing tomorrow.

The Missouri Tigers wrap up the regular season portion of their schedule tomorrow at Tennessee in a game that is not only winnable but will make the Tigers lives much easier if they can win it.  A victory tomorrow gives the Tigers a double bye in next week’s SEC tournament and in my opinion puts Missouri in a much better position given Missouri’s difficulties in playing on the road.  Let’s hope the same team that thrashed Arkansas on Tuesday night makes the trip to Tennessee tomorrow.

In a somewhat anticlimactic statement yesterday the St. Louis Cardinals announced that shortstop Rafael Furcal would be having season ending Tommy John surgery on his ailing elbow.  I was not at all surprised to hear this but was annoyed to hear it.  This surgery should have taken place back when the injury occurred and surgery was recommended.  However, Furcal sought a second opinion and was told he “might” be able to avoid surgery by resting it for a time and then beginning a rehab program.  That obviously didn’t work and now the surgery that should have taken place last fall and would have allowed him to be back in mid May will instead take place next week and he’s gone for the whole season.  Furcal joins Chris Carpenter who is also likely gone for the season.  This means that young shortstop Pete Kozma now becomes the every day shortstop and the Cardinals have to scramble to replace Furcal’s bat and his ability to lead off.  Defensively Kozma is right there with Furcal but offensively he isn’t close to being the hitter Furcal is.  Only time will tell whether this works out or the Cardinals must look outside the organization for a shortstop. 

NASCAR is in Las Vegas for races this weekend and Carl Edward will try and continue what he started last week as he looks to keep the momentum going. 

We’ll be back on Monday with a review of a huge weekend of sports action and a look ahead to next week.  Thanks as always for supporting all the blogs on this site.

Have a great weekend!