[Moderated by Matt Jones]
In the opening match of the NCAA Tournament today, the 6th ranked Kentucky Wildcats defeated the Radford Highlanders by a score of 4-0 to set up a second round match up against the hated Hoosiers from Indiana. It seems to be a common theme in the collegiate athletic world this year to have important games between these two schools and it’s no different for men’s tennis it seems. Indiana made it to the second round after defeating the equally hated Louisville Cardinals earlier in the day 4-2. It was a very tight contest, as both the teams are ranked in the 20′s and 30′s nationally.
Luckily for the Cats, the odds are heavily in their favor. They already played Indiana once earlier this year and absolutely pummeled the Hoosiers, blanking them and winning every match 7-0. The Cats will be favored to win on every court, and it would be an upset of immense proportions if somehow IU made it even competitive.
With a win, UK would advance to the Sweet 16 again, a common theme for Dennis Emery coached teams. The match today hosted at the Hilary J Boone Tennis Center on UK’s campus was very entertaining and fun to go to. There are many signs and posters recognizing the amazing season the Wildcats have had, and even extra seating is available due to the intensity of the tournament atmosphere. I expect tomorrows crowd to be pretty big, considering it’s Eric Quigley’s and Alex Musialek’s last home matches. They’ve both paved the way for the precedent of success for this program, and they deserve the BBN’s full attention as they fight the Hoosiers tomorrow, at 2.
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