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Men's National Team Indoor Round of 16 Preview

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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. 

FloTennis will have live streaming on all 12-courts which if I'm not mistaken is the first time that more than six courts will have been streamed for this event. If you haven't purchased a subscription yet now would be the perfect time to try them out - $20 a month or $150 for the year. While you are at make sure you purchase a subscription to my site as well so you can view all the information that I have down below plus you'll have access to all the live scoring links from matches across the country. 

[1] Virginia vs. [16] Utah State
[8] UCLA vs. [9] USC
[5] North Carolina vs. [12] Georgia
[4] California vs. [13] Baylor
[3] Ohio State vs. [14] Oklahoma
[6] Northwestern vs. [11] Oklahoma State
[7] Florida vs. [10] Texas
[2] Wake Forest vs. [15] Mississippi State
NTI Friday Schedule (ET)
[3] Ohio State vs. [14] Oklahoma - 9 a.m. 
[6] Northwestern vs. [11] Oklahoma State - 9 a.m.
[2] Wake Forest vs. [15] Mississippi State - 12 noon
[7] Florida vs. [10] Texas - 12 noon
[4] California vs. [13] Baylor - 3:30 p.m. 
[5] North Carolina vs. [12] Georgia - 3:30 p.m.
[1] Virginia vs. [16] Utah State - 6:30 p.m. 
[8] UCLA vs. [9] USC - 6:30 p.m. 

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[3] Ohio State vs. [14] 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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  • Comment Link Chris Halioris Thursday, 16 February 2017 07:35 posted by Chris Halioris

    Love the writeups Bobby. How much did it pain you to pick UNC? Your line pick I just don't see is Baylor which will be fun to watch as I work with a Baylor guy. But I think Cal gets 4 of the 5 singles from 2-6 regardless of which way dubs goes. So I'll even give Baylor the benefit and say it's 4-2 Cal. Loser buys the other one lunch when we see each other?

  • Comment Link Conway Thursday, 16 February 2017 19:17 posted by Conway

    I like Okie St and Texas in mild upsets. If the dawgs can steady up in a few spots they are dangerous, but a solid Unc bunch will be tough. I like the uga-unc winner to make the semi.

  • Comment Link Bobby Knight Thursday, 16 February 2017 19:32 posted by Bobby Knight

    Georgia's recent play didn't give me much of a choice - too many question marks for them. I went back and forth on that Baylor/Cal match - the deciding factors for me were Cal's lack of matchplay and Baylor being the stronger team indoors. If the match was played outdoors I probably would have gone the other way.

  • Comment Link Todd Thursday, 16 February 2017 21:01 posted by Todd

    Bobby. Why do you think Penn State is struggling so much? They seem to have a lot of the same talent from last year.

  • Comment Link Bobby Knight Thursday, 16 February 2017 21:31 posted by Bobby Knight

    They have a lot of guys back but they had to replace their core from last year (Stakhovsky, Barry, Hanzlik) with those guys winning 47 dual-matches playing at 1, 3, and 4. Their top three this year is a sophomore and two freshmen and one of the freshmen enrolled in January so in reality they are a really young team. I think once the newcomers get some more matches under their belts they'll be ok.

    I know during the Kick-Off Weekend PSU's #1 Constant De La Bassetiere was sick that whole weekend, their #4 Aws Laaribi was injured and didn't play at all, and their doubles specialist Matt Galush had a wrist injury and could barely serve. They definitely need to figure something out in doubles because they're getting rolled against any decent opponent.

  • Comment Link Dr. Larry Hinkle Friday, 17 February 2017 10:29 posted by Dr. Larry Hinkle

    Kudos to you Bobby on your accurate predictions for who gets wins for OSU.
    OSU Doubles, Torp, DiFeo, and Joyce all came through.

  • Comment Link Chris Halioris Saturday, 18 February 2017 07:41 posted by Chris Halioris

    Reading back through this a couple good calls there. I had Cal 4-2 spot on but more impressive was Conway taking Oklahoma State and Texas for his two upsets. Nice calls.

  • Comment Link Bobby Knight Saturday, 18 February 2017 09:05 posted by Bobby Knight

    The doubles point in that Oklahoma State/Northwestern match was huge - still surprised that Kirchheimer couldn't close out that after going up 4-2 - Cash was just floating everything back down the stretch and Kirchheimer would eventually get restless and go for too much.

    Cal/Baylor was a terrific match - the doubles point was big because Baylor probably wins that match with it.

  • Comment Link anon Monday, 20 February 2017 09:29 posted by anon

    Bobby with the Sooners sitting their top guy were you surprised Florida could only scratch out one win in singles in their last match? The Gators take the doubles then it looks good for them with Harris out for the match and them winning a few first sets but then next to nothing?

    What happened to Harris? What happened to the Gators?

  • Comment Link Bobby Knight Tuesday, 21 February 2017 17:49 posted by Bobby Knight

    Anon, I was surprised to see OU beat a full strength Florida while playing w/o Harris. I know the NTI consolation matches are "real" matches but sometimes I think the motivation goes out the window after losing in the main draw. Whether that was the case in this one is tough to tell since I didn't really watch any of it. Regardless of what the motivation was it was still a solid resume builder for Oklahoma that will pay dividends later in the season.

    I haven't heard anything new about Harris so it could have been him just taking a day off to rest.

  • Comment Link Chris Halioris Thursday, 23 February 2017 10:22 posted by Chris Halioris

    Harris was hurting bad at the end of his match the day before they played Florida. His back was killing him and he was getting treatment every changeover laying in the ground. He looked like he was having a hard time standing up straight. That's why he was out against Florida.

  • Comment Link Miss N4formation Saturday, 25 February 2017 11:05 posted by Miss N4formation

    Looks like motivation really went out the window for the Sunday consi matches...Three, 4-2 and two, 4-3 matches (not counting Utah St, who realistically had no chance vs UGA, but still almost managed to win doubles in a good effort). Some of the comments on here smh.

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