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Another Power 5 Job Opens Up, NCAA Regional Previews - Wake Forest & Stanford

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The number of head coaching jobs at Power 5 schools is now up to six after LSU Athletic Director Joe Alleva announced on Monday that men's head coach Jeff Brown was resigning after 20 years. Brown won just over 60 percent of the 517 matches he coached and was an even .500 against SEC competition. Brown's LSU teams advanced to the NCAA Tournament 17 times however this year the Tigers fell well short after going 10-17 overall and just 3-9 in the SEC. Brown's best seasons in Baton Rouge came in his first two seasons when he led the Tigers to back-to-back appearances in the NCAA semifinals. Alleva called the resignation a "mutual decision" though I'm pretty sure Brown wasn't the one to approach Alleva on the subject. Below is a quote from LSU's release:

“It's been a great run,” Brown said. “We had so much success and had so many great people come through our program. I'm proud of all the players that we coached here at LSU and all that we were able to accomplish as a program.”

The other Power 5 jobs currently open are: Virginia men, Virginia women, Tennessee men, USC women, and Minnesota women. 

We're only a few days away from the start of the NCAA Tournament so it's time to take a look at each of the men's regionals. I have the schedule of play listed on my NCAA Tournament page and in each regional preview I'll list the singles records, singles UTRs, doubles records, UTR Team Power 6, plus I'll make my prediction at the end. I'll give the first one away for free but to see the rest you'll need to be a CTT subscriber ($9.99 month/no long term commitment required). 

 

Wake Forest Regional

#1 Wake Forest [1] vs. #103 UNC Wilmington [4] - Friday 5 p.m. ET - The regular season ACC Champs only lost two matches on the year and UNC Wilmington isn't going to be the team to provide the third. The Seahawks won the Colonial for the first time since 2014 despite dropping four of its final five matches heading into the conference tournament. UNCW played five ranked teams on the season and went 0-5 while being outscored 25-1. Prediction: Wake Forest 4-0
 
Overall Record: Wake 27-2; UNCW 14-8
Doubles Record: Wake 25-4; UNCW 9-12
UTR Power 6: Wake Forest 86, UNC Wilmington 79
 
Pos
ITA Rank
Player
Team
UTR
DM  
ITA Rank
Player
Team
UTR
DM
W L W L
1 5 Petros Chrysochos WF 14.80 21 5
vs.
  Andres Torres UNCW 13.19 9 7
2 45 Borna Gojo WF 14.64 21 4   Agustin Savarino UNCW 13.57 8 7
3 13 Skander Mansouri WF 14.49 18 6   Josh Hublitz UNCW 12.80 3 12
4 84 Christian Seraphim WF 14.13 19 8   Ignasi De Rueda UNCW 13.02 14 4
5   Dennis Uspensky WF 14.07 18 5   Raphael Calzi UNCW 13.37 3 4
6   Alan Gadjiev WF 13.92 16 7   Daniel Groom UNCW 12.60 11 5
Bench Players
7   Max Kan WF 12.61 2 1     Michael Copeland UNCW 13.16 8 3
8   Charlie Parry WF 12.13 0 2   Leon Back UNCW 12.80 6 5

 

#32 Kentucky [2] vs. #40 Georgia State [3] - Friday 2 p.m. ET - Kentucky limped to the finish line by losing its last four and six of its last eight while Georgia State closed out the season strong by winning its final 11. Kentucky has more talent top to bottom but with the way they finished you have to wonder if they have the desire to extend the season. Kentucky's Ryotaro Matsumura, who was a rock last season, really struggled in the final six weeks of the season going 0-5 with all five losses coming in straight sets. Neither team exactly lit it up in doubles but if Georgia State is to pull off the upset it's a point they'll need to have.
 
I'm going to go on the assumption that Kentucky has used the last two weeks to get re-energized and will come ready to play but I guess we won't know until Friday afternoon. I'm going to take GSU in doubles and Andrukhou in singles but Kentucky fights through with Bushamuka, Pennington, Ellefsen, and Wallart picking up wins. Prediction: Kentucky 4-2
 
Overall Record: Kentucky 14-12; Georgia State 19-6
Doubles Record: Kentucky 11-15; Georgia State 12-12
UTR Power 6: Kentucky 84, Georgia State 80

 

Pos
ITA Rank
Player
Team
UTR
DM  
ITA Rank
Player
Team
UTR
DM
W L W L
1 17 William Bushamuka Kentucky 13.71 12 7
vs.
95 Zack Kennedy Ga State 13.58 15 9
2 66 Ryotaro Matsumura Kentucky 13.82 11 9   Andrei Andrukhou Ga State 13.56 13 6
3   Beck Pennington Kentucky 14.05 16 7   Jannis Koeke Ga State 13.37 9 9
4   Nils Ellefsen Kentucky 13.83 16 6   Quentin Coulaud Ga State 12.67 10 9
5 106 Trey Yates Kentucky 13.95 11 9   Sebastian Acuna Ga State 13.58 16 4
6   Enzo Wallart Kentucky 14.09 11 7   Felipe Jaworksi Ga State 13.29 10 2
Bench Players
7   Alex Dominguez Kentucky 12.95 1 0     Jack Macfarlane Ga State 12.85 8 5
8   Gus Benson Kentucky 12.74 1 1   Giles Hussey Ga State 12.41 0 0

 

Regional Final: Wake nearly got taken out in the second round last year by Michigan but it won't that close this year. Prediction: Wake Forest 4-0

 

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3 comments

  • Comment Link Lance Tuesday, 09 May 2017 10:05 posted by Lance

    Does the fact that Nebraska continues to employ Kerry McDermott as their coach signify the University does not value its men's tennis program? I cannot think of any other power 5 programs that would continue to employ their head coach who consistently finishes in the bottom 3 of its conference year in and year out.

  • Comment Link Bobby Knight Tuesday, 09 May 2017 12:26 posted by Bobby Knight

    The school just spent a lot of money building an impressive new tennis facility so it's definitely committed to its tennis programs. The men's team definitely has struggled over the last few years but with 36 years at Nebraska Kerry can probably stay as long as he wants - we'll see what the future holds.

  • Comment Link Miles Uhlar Tuesday, 09 May 2017 12:29 posted by Miles Uhlar

    I doth protest! Boo to Michigan losing 2 doubles points in 2 days to teams outside of the top 10! That hasn't happened all year. I know Schorsch & Emhardt are a very good dubs team, but:
    - they've been split up
    - U of M beat them in the Fall
    - U of M - and their dubs in particular - is gonna to have a real large chip on their shoulder. Jathan Malik and whoever he's playing with should have made the NCAA dubs draw (instead is 1st alternate). The kids prob also think they should be playing at home, as they were 16th going into the Big 10 tourney, and then made final.

    Anyways, have hard time seeing that go to 4-3, even if Valpo wins the dubs. Then again, I'm a bit of a slappy. Stanford will be tough, and I think Michigan would win in Ann Arbor. That one prob a 4-2 or 4-3 match for Stanford. Watch for Wong getting pulled, Lin to 5, and Crocker at 6...

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