For the Tennessee Volunteers—Tablet Magazine’s official team—the weekend, in St. Louis, began with a bang, and, sad to say, ended with a whimper.
Friday was fantastic. Tennessee, pitted against Player of the Year candidate Evan Turner and his Big Ten champion Ohio State Buckeyes, eked out a 76-73 victory through tough, smart play. In doing so, the Vols achieved their first Elite Eight appearance in program history.
But, yesterday afternoon, the Vols’ championship dreams came crashing down as Michigan State, playing without their injured star point guard, secured an almost-last-second 70-69 win to make their second consecutive Final Four.
Still, there is no way to count Tennesee’s season—and especially its postseason—as anything other than a success. So congratulations to Coach Pearl and his Volunteers!
Meanwhile, the Duke Blue Devils, featuring Jewish guard Jon Scheyer, are indeed headed to Indianapolis next weekend for the Final Four. Haaretz published a profile of Scheyer last week (rumor is that if no NBA team drafts him, he may head to Israel’s league). You can read it, as long as you don’t find yourself rooting for Duke afterwards.