Wednesday, 17 May 2017 09:30

Men's Sweet 16 Previews

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The opening rounds of the NCAA Tournament were completed last weekend so now it's time to look at the Sweet 16 matchups that will take place on Thursday in Athens, Georgia. There will two matches taking place at the same time with one on the main Henry Feild Stadium Courts and the other on the McWhorter Courts. The first matches start at 9 a.m. ET with the final two set to start at 7 p.m. ET though it wouldn't surprise me to see both of the 4 p.m. matches run late. Six of the eight matches will be rematches from the regular season so it'll be interesting to see how those teams do the second time around. 

I have the schedule of play listed on my NCAA Tournament page and in each of my match previews below I'll list the projected lineups with individual singles and doubles records, individual and team UTRs, team doubles records, box scores from the previous meetings this season, 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). 


#1 Wake Forest [1] vs. #16 Stanford [16] - Thursday 7 p.m. ET - The top seeded Demon Deacons rolled through the first round but got a stiff test from Kentucky in the second round. The Cardinal trounced Idaho in the opening round and then fought off a pesky Michigan team 4-1. Last year Wake Forest got routed in the round of 16 by Oklahoma while Stanford was edged by UCLA. I think Stanford is good enough to keep this one interesting but I can't see Wake going home early for a second year in a row. I'll take Wake in doubles and Chrysochos, Seraphim, and Uspensky in singles while Stanford will be up on a court or two but won't quite get there. Prediction: Wake Forest 4-0
Overall Record: Wake 29-2; Stanford 18-8
Doubles Record: Wake 27-4; Stanford 17-8
UTR Power 6: Wake Forest 86, Stanford 84
Pos ITA Players Team UTR DM W/L   ITA Players Team UTR DM W/L
1 4 Skander Mansouri
Christian Seraphim
WF 14.67 22 6
54 Tom Fawcett
Yale Goldberg
Stan. 13.85 10 5
2   Borna Gojo
Alan Gadjiev
WF 14.13 13 5   Michael Genender
Sameer Kumar
Stan. 13.95 13 8
3   Petros Chrysochos
Dennis Uspensky
WF 14.40 19 6   David WIlczynski
Brandon Sutter
Stan. 13.83 17 4
1 5 Petros Chrysochos Wake 14.73 22 6
11 Tom Fawcett Stan 14.41 12 5
2 45 Borna Gojo Wake 14.62 22 4   Sameer Kumar Stan 14.19 12 9
3 13 Skander Mansouri Wake 14.37 20 6   David Wilczynski Stan 14.04 16 3
4 84 Christian Seraphim Wake 14.11 20 8   Michael Genender Stan 13.79 6 7
5   Dennis Uspensky Wake 14.07 19 5   Brandon Sutter Stan 13.81 16 7
6   Alan Gadjiev Wake 13.90 16 8   William Genesen Stan 13.45 8 3
Bench Players
7   Max Kan Wake 12.58 2 1     Jack Barber Stan 13.48 3 7
8   Charlie Parry Wake 12.13 0 2   Yale Goldberg Stan 12.59 1 0


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