ROSEMONT, Ill. – Three Big Ten teams earned berths to the 2016 NCAA Division I Men’s Soccer Tournament, as announced Monday. Indiana, Maryland and Michigan State all secured bids to the national tournament, which begins Thursday.
After winning its third-consecutive Big Ten tournament title and first Big Ten Championship, Maryland earned the top overall seed and a first-round bye in the NCAA Tournament. The Terrapins are 18-0-2 on the season. Maryland will host the winner of Thursday’s Providence-Delaware game on Sunday. Maryland will make its 16th consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament and 33rd overall.
Indiana earned the No. 7 seed and a first-round bye in the tournament, with an 11-1-7 record. The Hoosiers will host the winner of Thursday’s Akron-Villanova match on Sunday. This marks Indiana’s 30th consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament and 41st overall.
Michigan State is set to make its 18th appearance in the NCAA Tournament after finishing the season with a 13-5-1 mark. The Spartans will play Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville on Thursday with the winner advancing to take on Butler on Sunday.
The first round of the NCAA Tournament will be played on Thursday, while second-round games are scheduled for Sunday. The third round is slated for Nov. 26 and Nov. 27, while the quarterfinals will take place Dec. 2 and Dec. 3. ESPNU will air the 2016 NCAA Men’s College Cup at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston with semifinal games at 6 and 8:45 p.m. ET on Dec. 9 and the championship match slated for 2 p.m. on Dec. 11.