Monday, 30 April 2018 05:00

Loaded Conference Tournament Recap

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Conference tournaments are done and now it's time for the NCAA Tournament. The five schools to win both men's and women's championships were Alabama State (SWAC), Idaho (Big Sky), North Florida (Atlantic Sun), VCU (Atlantic 10), and Texas (Big XII). 

There were 29 men's conference tournaments with 18 (62%) won by the No. 1 seed, 7 won by the No. 2 seed, 3 won by the No. 3 seed, and 1 won by a No. 4 seed. There were 30 women's conference tournaments with 17 (56%) won by the No. 1 seed, 10 won by the No. 2 seed, 1 won by a No. 3 seed, and 2 won by a No. 4 seed. 

There were three men's schools (Lamar/North Florida/Texas) that won the conference tournament as the host team while there were seven women's schools (Army/Denver/Georgia State/Missouri State/North Florida/Texas/Winthrop) to pull off the same feat. 

The 16 women's schools that repeated as conference champions were Alabama State, Buffalo, Denver (5X), Furman, Idaho (5X), LIU Brooklyn, North Carolina (3X), North Florida (4X), Pepperdine (6X), Quinnipiac (5X), Stanford, UMKC, Vanderbilt, William & Mary (4), Winthrop (3X), and Youngstown State (5X). As you can see there were a lot of schools that have won it more than two years in a row with Pepperdine leading the charge with six straight WCC Championships. 

The 13 men's schools that repeated as conference champions were Alabama State, Bryant (5X), East Tennessee State (12X), Idaho, Lamar (3X), Monmouth (3X), Ohio State (3X), San Diego (5X), Tennessee Tech (3X), UC Santa Barbara (4X), UNC Wilmington, Utah State, and VCU. East Tennessee State has won 12 straight conference tournament titles with the last four coming in the Southern Conference.

  • #1 seed Ohio State advanced to the finals of Big Ten Men’s Tennis Championships (BTMTC) with 4-1 win over #4 seed Minnesota.
  • #2 seed Illinois bounced back from losing the doubles point to win 4-1 over #3 seed Michigan
  • Preview and prediction of BTMTC finals
  • Finals start at 1 p.m EDT/Noon CDT. I will be there providing coverage on Twitter. You can follow me on Twitter @OtMarcwMrClutch with latest coverage.

Summary

  • Ohio State sweeps Big Ten awards for men’s tennis; All-conference teams announced
  • #1 seed Ohio State advanced to the semifinals of Big Ten Men’s Tennis Championships (BTMTC) with 4-0 win over host Iowa.
  • #4 seed Minnesota eliminated #5 seed Indiana from not only the BTMTC, but likely, consideration for the NCAA Tournament at-large bid with a 4-1 victory.
  • #2 seed Illinois handled the weather and #7 seed Penn State
  • #3 seed Michigan received a tough challenge from Wisconsin, but prevailed to the semifinals
  • Semifinals start tomorrow at 12 noon EDT. I will be there providing coverage on Twitter. You can follow me on Twitter @OtMarcwMrClutch with latest coverage.

We touched up on the men's bubble watch earlier so now let's discuss the women. I listed all the teams ranked 37 to 50, excluding the conference champions, however both No. 37 Wichita State and No. 38 NC State are probably both going to get in since there is a few point drop off down to No. 40 Clemson. The at-large cutoff is expected to be at 41 with eight conference champions currently ranked inside the top 41 so that means out of the list of teams from 40 to 50 there are only going to be two spots open to fill. 

Wednesday, 25 April 2018 11:13

Big XII Men's Recap & Conference Tournament Preview

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Last weekend was full of some wild finishes, but as the dust settled, one team remained on top.

TCU held serve and finished the Big XII regular season a perfect 5-0. Over the weekend, TCU beat Baylor at home and Texas Tech on the road. TCU locked up the regular season title on Thursday by beating Baylor 4-1. TCU won the doubles point fairly comfortably and won all three singles matches 6-3, 6-4. Baylor’s win came from Roy Smith at #6 singles 6-0, 6-1. On Sunday TCU played Texas Tech in Lubbock. The Horned Frogs jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the match; however, the Red Raiders had the momentum as they took the first set on the four remaining courts. Texas Tech was able to win two of those, but it was Alastair Gray at #4 singles who came back and clinched the win for TCU. They are the #1 seed in the conference tournament and earned a bye Friday and will play Saturday at noon.

The final week of the regular season is coming to a close and while some teams wrapped up play last week others are playing conference tournaments this week. If you are ranked in the 38 to 50 range that means you're on the bubble so not only do you want to keep winning (if you have matches left) but you also need others around you to fall so they don't pass you. I'll go team-by-team to tell you what each team needs to do to give themselves their best chance of securing an NCAA at-large bid. The at-large cutoff is expected to be at either 42 or 43 with San Diego's outcome at the WCC Tournament determining which number it'll be. A USD title would mean 43 while a USD loss would mean 42.

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