It's preview time!! The 2017 Men's National Team Indoor Championships get underway on Friday morning at 9 a.m. ET at the Boar's Head Sport Club in Charlottesville, Virginia. The top seeded Virginia Cavaliers were the only team that didn't have to qualify since they got an automatic berth as the host while each of the other 15 participants had to win a Kick-Off Weekend regional three weeks ago. Each team is guaranteed three matches with consolation matches played on Saturday and Sunday for teams that lost on Friday and Saturday. Nine schools in the draw have won an NTI Championship and five of them have won more than one. UCLA leads the way with seven titles (2001), Virginia has five (2013), USC has three (2012), and Georgia (2007) and Cal (1989) have two - number in parenthesis is the year each school last won one. There has been a different winner in each of the last five years with Virginia winning in 2013, Ohio State in 2014, Oklahoma in 2015, and North Carolina in 2016.
I have previews of each round of 16 match with the following information listed: approved master lineups, each player's current Universal Tennis Rating as of 2/16, team doubles records, notable wins/losses, interesting facts/tidbits, and lastly my predictions.
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 Virginia vs.  Utah State
 UCLA vs.  USC
 North Carolina vs.  Georgia
 California vs.  Baylor
 Ohio State vs.  Oklahoma
 Northwestern vs.  Oklahoma State
 Florida vs.  Texas
 Wake Forest vs.  Mississippi State
NTI Friday Schedule (ET)
 Ohio State vs.  Oklahoma - 9 a.m.
 Northwestern vs.  Oklahoma State - 9 a.m.
 Wake Forest vs.  Mississippi State - 12 noon
 Florida vs.  Texas - 12 noon
 California vs.  Baylor - 3:30 p.m.
 North Carolina vs.  Georgia - 3:30 p.m.
 Virginia vs.  Utah State - 6:30 p.m.
 UCLA vs.  USC - 6:30 p.m.
 Ohio State vs.  Oklahoma (9 a.m ET) - These two teams were already scheduled to meet in Columbus on March 5th but they'll get to play sooner than expected. This will be the fourth year in a row that they've played with Oklahoma winning the first two while Ohio State won last in Norman last year. Ohio State has yet to drop the doubles point this year and its projected starters have gone 14-1 overall. Ohio State has made one lineup adjustment with first-semester freshman JJ Wolf dropping from No. 2 to No. 3 while junior Hugo Di Feo moves up from No. 3 to No. 2. There are several intriguing singles matches up and down the lineup with that matchup at No. 1 between Mikael Torpegaard and Andrew Harris expected to be a gem. Oklahoma's Spencer Papa played doubles last Sunday against Alabama but he sat out singles after some discomfort in his back - word is he'll be ready to go. I think Oklahoma can hang with Ohio State but I don't quite think they can get the win in this one. I'll take the Buckeyes in doubles and Torpegaard, Di Feo, and Joyce in singles while Oklahoma gets wins from Ghilea and Bragusi. Prediction: Ohio State 4-2
Team: Overall record, doubles record; UTR Power 6, Notable Wins (Losses)
Ohio State 10-0, 10-0, UTR 85, #10 Georgia, #15 Kentucky, South Florida
Oklahoma 7-1, 6-2, UTR 83, #17 Illinois, #18 Michigan, Arkansas, #2 Wake Forest (L)
Projected Singles Lineup
1. #2 Mikael Torpegaard (OSU 15.21) vs. #29 Andrew Harris (OU 14.80)
2. #8 Hugo Di Feo (OSU 14.02) vs. #24 Spencer Papa (OU 14.06)
3. JJ Wolf (OSU 14.42) vs. Alex Ghilea (OU 14.31)
4. #47 Herkko Pollanen (OSU 13.96) vs. #105 Florin Bragusi (OU 14.09)
5. #77 Martin Joyce (OSU 13.63) vs. Adrian Oetzbach (OU 12.75)
6. Kyle Seelig (OSU 13.93) vs. Jochen Bertsch (OU 13.45)
B. Hunter Tubert (OSU 13.29); Adrian Chamdani (OU 11.94
Projected Doubles Lineup
1. #38 Torpegaard/Pollanen (OSU) vs. #42 Harris/Papa (OU)
2. #25 Joyce/Di Feo (OSU) vs. Ghilea/Bragusi (OU)
3. Mendez/Tubert (OSU) vs. Chamdani/Oetzbach
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