Saturday, 21 April 2018 21:52

NCAA Men: The Race to Host - 4/21 Update

With all the regular season conference play winding down it's that time of year where teams gear up for conference tournaments (except the Ivy League, those smart guys sit back and watch... wait it's better to play more to have a chance to improve your ranking right? not sure who the smart one's are here).  At the same time everyone is gearing up for conference tournaments all the teams that have a legitimate shot at hosting start looking at the rankings trying to figure out if they have a shot of making the top 16 to host the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament.  So of course you are wondering, how's it look for my team?  Well, ask no more.  Below you'll find the outlook for each team and as events occur that change the outlook I'll update the post and put an update date on it.  So without further ado...

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Sunday, 15 April 2018 19:06

NCAA Men: The Race to Host - as of 4/15

With all the regular season conference play winding down it's that time of year where teams gear up for conference tournaments (except the Ivy League, those smart guys sit back and watch... wait it's better to play more to have a chance to improve your ranking right? not sure who the smart one's are here).  At the same time everyone is gearing up for conference tournaments all the teams that have a legitimate shot at hosting start looking at the rankings trying to figure out if they have a shot of making the top 16 to host the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament.  So of course you are wondering, how's it look for my team?  Well, ask no more.  Below you'll find the outlook for each team and as events occur that change the outlook I'll update the post and put an update date on it.  So without further ado...

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The opening day of the NCAA Tournament brought us a few good matches but for the most part it was blowout city as 23 of the 32 matches ended in 4-0 shutouts. All regional hosts won their matches 4-0, which was expected, but I was surprised that only one No. 3 seed was able to get past a No. 2 seed. 

#42 Louisville was the No. 3 seed that pulled off the upset as the Cards knocked off #28 UCF in the lone 4-3 match of the day. UCF jumped out to the early 1-0 lead by claiming the doubles point with a 7-5 win at No. 2 and a 7-6(5) win in the decider at No. 3. Louisville came back strong in singles and picked five opening sets and both Parker Wynn and Clement Filho would win in straight sets to make it 2-1. UCF came back and forced three third sets and after Korey Lovett won at No. 1 and Mariano Porter at No. 4 the Knights led 3-2. Louisville's Nicolas Rouanet and Brandon Lancaster each went up early breaks in the third set on the two remaining courts and both would win 6-3 in the third with Rouanet getting the clincher. Below are some quotes from Louisville's recap:

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Thursday, 11 May 2017 21:34

NCAA Tournament Facts & Figures

The 2017 NCAA Division I Men's and Women's Tournament gets underway on Friday morning at 10 a.m. eastern and I've got all the numbers and interesting facts that you'll need to get you through the weekend. Past history tells us that it's an all but certain guarantee that at least one men's and one women's seed will get knocked out this weekend. Since the field expanded to 64 teams in 1999 (18 years) there have been 47 men's seeds that have been knocked out early which is an average of 2.6 per year. The women's side hasn't been quite as bad with 34 knocked out early which equates to 1.8 per year. There were four men's seeds knocked out early last year which was the most since the bloodbath of 2004 which saw seven get kicked to the curb. 

The men's #14 seed has failed to advance to the Sweet 16 a staggering 7 times since 1999 while the #11, #12, and #13 seeds have went home early 6 times. The #1, #2, #4, and #7 seeds have advanced to the Sweet 16 every year so if you're Wake Forest, Virginia, USC, and Baylor you have to be feeling even more confident than you probably already were. The women's seed most likely to go home early is the #13 seed which has fallen seven times while the #16 seed has gone home early 5 times. The women's #2, #3, #4, and #5 seeds have never lost early and the #1 and #6 seeds have only lost once. Florida was the #1 seed that was stunned by Miami FL in the second round of the 2004 tournament. 

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Monday, 08 May 2017 10:53

2017 NCAA Championships

Tuesday Championship 
Men - [2] Virginia vs. [9] North Carolina - 4 p.m. ET - Virginia 4-2
Women - [1] Florida vs. [7] Stanford - 8 p.m. ET - Florida 4-1
 
Men's Monday Schedule - Semifinals
[2] Virginia vs. [3] Ohio State - 10 a.m. ET - McWhorter - Virginia 4-2
[9] North Carolina vs. [13] Georgia - 10 a.m. ET - Henry Feild - North Carolina 4-3
 
Women's Monday Schedule - Semifinals
[3] Ohio State vs. [7] Stanford - 2 p.m. ET - McWhorter - Stanford 4-3
[1] Florida vs. [4] Vanderbilt- 2 p.m. ET - Henry Feild - Florida 4-2
 
Women's Sunday Schedule - Quarterfinals
[2] North Carolina vs. [7] Stanford - Noon ET - Lindsey Hopkins - Stanford 4-2
[3] Ohio State vs. [6] Texas Tech - 4 p.m. ET - Ga Tech - Ohio State 4-0
[1] Florida vs. [9] Oklahoma State - 4 p.m. ET - Henry Feild - Florida 4-1
[4] Vanderbilt vs. [12] Pepperdine - 4 p.m. ET - McWhorter - Vanderbilt 4-2
 
Men's Saturday Schedule - Quarterfinals
[2] Virginia vs. [10] Texas - Noon ET - Henry Feild - UVA 4-1
[3] Ohio State vs. [6] TCU - Noon ET - McWhorter - Ohio State 4-3
[1] Wake Forest vs. [9] North Carolina - 4 p.m. ET - McWhorter - North Carolina 4-2
[5] UCLA vs. [13] Georgia - 4 p.m. ET - Henry Feild - Georgia 4-2

  

Men's Thursday Schedule - Round of 16
[1] Wake Forest vs. [16] Stanford - 7 p.m. ET - Wake 4-0
[8] California vs. [9] North Carolina - 7 p.m. ET - UNC 4-1
[4] USC vs. [13] Georgia - 4 p.m. ET - UGA 4-3
[5] UCLA vs. [12] Texas A&M - 4 p.m. ET - UCLA 4-1
[6] TCU vs. [17-32] Illinois - Noon ET - TCU 4-1
[3] Ohio State vs. [14] Oklahoma - Noon ET - Ohio State 4-3
[7] Baylor vs. [10] Texas - 9 a.m. ET - Texas 4-1
[2] Virginia vs. [15] Florida - 9 a.m. ET - Virginia 4-0

 

Women's Friday Schedule - Round of 16
[1] Florida vs. [17-32] Texas A&M - 7 p.m. ET - Florida 4-0
[8] Georgia Tech vs. [9] Oklahoma State - 7 p.m. ET - Oklahoma State 4-3
[4] Vanderbilt vs. [13] California - 4 p.m. ET - Vanderbilt 4-1
[5] Georgia vs. [12] Pepperdine - 4 p.m. ET - Pepperdine 4-3
[3] Ohio State vs. [14] South Carolina - Noon ET - Ohio State 4-1
[6] Texas Tech vs. [11] Auburn - Noon ET - Texas Tech 4-2
[7] Stanford vs. [10] Michigan - 9 a.m. ET - Stanford 4-1
[2] North Carolina vs. [15] Duke - 9 a.m. ET - North Carolina 4-0

 

 

 

Saturday 5/13/17 Results
 
Men:
#1 Wake Forest [1] def. #32 Kentucky [2] 4-2
#2 Virginia [1] def. #23 Columbia [2] 4-0
#3 Ohio State [1] def. #42 Louisville [3] 4-0
#4 USC [1] def. #30 Wisconsin [2] 4-0
#5 UCLA [1] def. #27 Ole Miss [2] 4-0
#6 TCU [1] def. #33 Florida State [2] 4-1
#7 Baylor [1] def. #26 Cornell [2] 4-0
#8 California [1] def. #21 Northwestern [2] 4-1
#9 North Carolina [1] def. #20 South Carolina [2] 4-1
#11 Texas [1] def. #29 Tulane [2] 4-3
#12 Georgia [1] def. #22 South Florida [2] 4-1
#13 Texas A&M [1] def. #24 Oregon [2] 4-0
#14 Oklahoma [1] def. #18 Mississippi State [2] 4-1
#15 Florida [1] def. #19 Georgia Tech [2] 4-0
#16 Stanford [1] def. #17 Michigan [2] 4-1
#25 Illinois [2] def. #10 Oklahoma State [1] 4-3
 
 
Women's First Round Results
#1 Florida [1] def. #101 Massachusetts [4] 4-0
#2 Ohio State [1] def. #135 Buffalo 4-0
#4 North Carolina [1] def. #71 Furman [4] 4-0
#5 Georgia [1] def. #298 South Carolina St [4] 4-0
#6 Stanford [1] def. #138 Idaho [4] 4-0
#8 Georgia Tech [1] def. #168 Alabama St [4] 4-0
#9 Oklahoma State [1] def. #164 UMKC [4] 4-0
#13 California [1] def. #80 San Jose State [4] 4-0
#16 Baylor [1] def. #108 Texas A&M CC [4] 4-0
#39 Northwestern [3] def. #18 Mississippi State [2] 4-1
#19 Arkansas [2] def. #53 Wichita State [3] 4-2
#20 Texas A&M [2] def. #63 Louisiana Monroe [3] 4-2
#21 LSU [2] def. #40 Tulsa [3] 4-3
#27 TCU [2] def. #36 Rice [3] 4-0
#28 Miami FL [2] def. #69 South Florida [3] 4-0
#29 Ole Miss [2] def. #55 William & Mary [3] 4-1
#30 NC State [2] def. #35 Oregon [3] 4-2
#32 Notre Dame [2] def. #34 Kansas [3] 4-3
 
Women's Second Round Results
#1 Florida [1] def. #28 Miami FL [2] 4-1
#2 Ohio State [1] def. #32 Notre Dame [2] 4-0
#3 Vanderbilt [1] def. #38 Clemson [3] 4-1
#4 North Carolina [1] def. #29 Ole Miss [2] 4-1
#5 Georgia [1] def. #30 NC State [2] 4-0
#6 Stanford [1] def. #27 TCU [2] 4-2
#7 Texas Tech [1] def. #44 Denver [3] 4-1
#8 Georgia Tech [1] def. #39 Northwestern [3] 4-0
#9 Oklahoma State [1] def. #19 Arkansas [2] 4-0
#10 Michigan [1] def. #17 Kentucky [2] 4-2
#11 Auburn [1] def. #37 Florida State [3] 4-2
#12 Pepperdine [1] def. #23 UCLA [2] 4-1
#13 California [1] def. #21 LSU [2] 4-0
#14 South Carolina [1] def. #22 Texas [2] 4-3
#15 Duke [1] def. #24 Tennessee [2] 4-1
#20 Texas A&M [2] def. #16 Baylor [1] 4-3
 

 

Friday Men's Results
 
[1] Wake Forest Regional [16] Stanford Regional
#32 Kentucky [2] def. #40 Georgia State [3] 4-0 #17 Michigan [2] def. #84 Valparaiso [3] 4-0
#1 Wake Forest [1] def. #103 UNC Wilm [4] 4-0 #16 Stanford [1] def. #119 Idaho [4] 4-0
   
[8] California Regional [9] North Carolina Regional
#21 Northwestern [2] def. #45 Utah State [3] 4-2 #20 South Carolina [2] def. #73 East Tenn State [3] 4-0
#8 California [1] def. #100 Tennessee Tech [4] 4-0 #9 North Carolina [1] def. #102 VCU [4] 4-0
   
[4] USC Regional [13] Georgia Regional
#30 Wisconsin [2] def. #47 San Diego [3] 4-1 #22 South Florida [2] def. #35 Duke [3] 4-0
#4 USC [1] def. #92 Denver [4] 4-0 #12 Georgia [1] def. #165 Florida A&M [4] 4-0
   
[5] UCLA Regional [12] Texas A&M Regional
#27 Ole Miss [2] def. #37 UC Santa Barbara [3] 4-1 #24 Oregon [2] def. #34 Memphis [3] 4-2
#5 UCLA [1] def. #138 Army [4] 4-0 #13 Texas A&M [1] def. #95 Buffalo [4] 4-0
   
[3] Ohio State Regional [14] Oklahoma Regional
#42 Louisville [3] def. #28 UCF [2] 4-3 #18 Mississippi State [2] def. #38 SMU [3] 4-0
#3 Ohio State [1] def. #94 Butler [4] 4-0 #14 Oklahoma [1] def. #148 Bryant [4] 4-0
   
[6] TCU Regional [11] Oklahoma State Regional
#33 Florida State [2] def. #36 Arkansas [3] 4-1 #25 Illinois [2] def. #55 Drake [3] 4-0
#6 TCU [1] def. #198 Jackson State [4] 4-0 #10 Oklahoma State [1] def. #114 UMKC [4] 4-0
   
[7] Baylor Regional [10] Texas Regional
#26 Cornell [2] def. #43 Rice [3] 4-0 #29 Tulane [2] def. #49 Washington [3] 4-2
#7 Baylor [1] def. #87 Lamar [4] 4-0 #11 Texas [1] def. #143 Presbyterian [4] 4-0
   
[2] Virginia Regional [15] Florida Regional
#23 Columbia [2] def. #41 Purdue [3] 4-2 #19 Georgia Tech [2] def. #39 Minnesota [3] 4-1
#2 Virginia [1] def. #132 Monmouth [4] 4-0 #15 Florida [1] def. #108 Florida Gulf Coast [4] 4-0
 
 
Friday Women's Results:
 
[4] Vanderbilt Regional [12] Pepperdine Regional
#38 Clemson [3] def. #31 Washington [2] 4-2 #23 UCLA [2] def. #47 UC Santa Barbara [3] 4-0
#3 Vanderbilt [1] def. #95 SIU Edwardsville [4] 4-0 #12 Pepperdine [1] def. #125 LIU Brooklyn [4] 4-0
   
[6] Texas Tech Regional [14] South Carolina Regional
#44 Denver [3] def. #25 USC [2] 4-2 #22 Texas [2] def. #33 Wake Forest [3] 4-3
#7 Texas Tech [1] def. #124 Quinnipiac [4] 4-0 #14 South Carolina [1] def. #110 North Florida [4] 4-0
   
[15] Duke Regional [11] Auburn Regional
#15 Duke [1] def. #163 Boston U [4] 4-0 #37 Florida State [3] def. #26 Arizona State [2] 4-2
#24 Tennessee [2] def. #67 Winthrop [3] 4-1 #11 Auburn [1] def. #82 DePaul [4] 4-0
   
[10] Michigan Regional  
#17 Kentucky [2] def. #45 Dartmouth [3] 4-2  
#10 Michigan [1] def. #155 Youngstown St [4] 4-0  
   
 
 
 

 

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Tuesday, 02 May 2017 23:32

Notes On The NCAA Women's Bracket

I looked at the men's bracket last night now I'll take a look at the women's bracket. Florida, which has been No. 1 all season, was named as the No. 1 seed with North Carolina grabbing the No. 2 despite finishing No. 4 in the final rankings which will be published on Thursday. If the committee would have gone solely off ranking then Ohio State would have been No. 2, Vanderbilt No. 3, and North Carolina No. 4. The other change came at No. 6 with Texas Tech jumping Stanford despite Stanford having almost a 3 point lead in the ITA rankings. It's also interesting to note that all five of these changes revolved around Power 5 Conference Champions.

Usually teams are moved if there are head-to-head results between them but we don't see teams moved too often when there isn't a direct line H2H. I reached out to Marie Scovron, NCAA's Assistant Director of Championships and Alliances, and she told me that while ITA ranking is used they also looked at other criteria such as strength of schedule, record against common opponents, and wins over NCAA teams. 

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Tuesday, 02 May 2017 22:19

Notes On The NCAA Men's Bracket

The 2017 NCAA Tournament field was announced earlier today and there really weren't any surprises compared to what I was expecting. ACC regular season champion Wake Forest was named as the top seed with the Demon Deacon's half of the draw having all four Pac-12 hosts, both SEC hosts, and fellow ACC member North Carolina. Virginia, which is the two-time defending NCAA champion, drew the No. 2 seed and in their side of the draw they have all five Big 12 hosts, the lone midwest host (Ohio State), and Florida. Even though TCU is the No. 6 seed I think most would agree they are one of the best four teams in the country so in essence Virginia's side of the draw has three of the top four teams in the country. 

Stanford edged out Michigan as the final regional host but Michigan got sent to Stanford as the No. 2 seed so they'll have a chance to decide it on the court in two weeks (that's assuming Michigan defeats Valparaiso which isn't a given). 

The selection committee followed the final ITA rankings in all but two instances. Oklahoma State finished ranked No. 10 and Texas No. 11 but the Horns got seeded higher. The teams split two meetings during the season but Texas had one more win against a top 50 opponent and also had three wins over teams that Oklahoma State lost to while Oklahoma State had two wins over teams Texas lost to. The other change came at No. 12 and No. 13 where Texas A&M jumped Georgia due to the regular season head-to-head win in College Station. 

The final spot in the field went to Washington despite the Huskies finishing with a 1-7 record down the stretch. Washington was actually ranked one spot behind Portland but Washington got the nod due to an early season 6-1 win over Portland in a match that was much closer than the final score. 

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Tuesday, 02 May 2017 07:47

NCAA Tournament Selection Show

NCAA Men's Selection Show - 5:00 p.m. ET - LINK

NCAA Women's Selection Show - 5:30 p.m. ET - LINK

NCAA Singles/Doubles Selections - Wednesday 6:00 p.m. ET

Once the draws are posted I'll have them posted here so we can start breaking them down!!

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