In a thrilling contest that went down to the last minute late last night, Bruce Pearl’s Tennessee Volunteers—Tablet Magazine’s official NCAA basketball team—held off the San Diego State Aztecs 62-59. Tomorrow, they face 14-seed Ohio, who pulled off a tremendous upset of the Georgetown Hoyas, in Providence, Rhode Island. Once again, they’re the favored team. Go Vols!
Kaplan’s Korner list the Jewish players in the tournament. One is obvious: Tennessee’s Steve Pearl, who shares both his last name and half his DNA with his coach. And it’s not shocking that the Cornell Big Red—RIGHT NOW playing Temple in a first-round game—have a Jew on their team (as does Temple!). But Duke’s Jon Scheyer—the runner-up for ACC Player of the Year—is of the Tribe? Maybe we should all root for Duke?
No, no we shouldn’t.
Marc Tracy is a staff writer at The New Republic, and was previously a staff writer at Tablet. He tweets @marcatracy.