Five Big Ten Men's Soccer Teams Earn Bids to 2010 NCAA Championship
Nov. 15, 2010
Five Big Ten teams will compete in the NCAA Men's Soccer Championship, the selection committee announced on Monday. Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State and Penn State have all earned berths to the national tournament, which begins Thursday. The selections mark the third straight year and the fourth time in conference history that five or more teams have earned bids to the tournament.
After earning its 12th Big Ten Championship, Indiana enters the NCAA Championship as the No. 14 seed, earning a bye into the second round. The Hoosiers have put together a 9-7-2 overall record this season, finishing the regular season with the eighth-highest RPI in the nation en route to their 24th consecutive NCAA Championship appearance. Indiana will take on the winner of Thursday's Bradley-Tulsa matchup on Sunday at 6 p.m. ET in Bloomington, Ind.
Michigan earns its fourth NCAA Championship berth after winning the Big Ten Tournament and receiving the conference's automatic bid. The 10th-seeded Wolverines enter the tournament with a 14-4-3 overall record and the conference's highest seed. They will host the winner of Thursday's Central Florida-South Florida tilt on Sunday at 2 p.m. ET.
Michigan State makes its fourth consecutive appearance in the national tournament and 14th overall, putting together an 11-7-1 overall record this season. The Spartans will play host to intrastate foe Oakland in their first-round match on Thursday at 1 p.m. ET. With a win, Michigan State would take on No. 13 Butler in Sunday's second round in Indianapolis.
Ohio State enters the tournament as the No. 16 seed, taking on either Providence or St. Peter's on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET in Columbus, Ohio. The Buckeyes advance to their sixth NCAA Championship in the last seven years and eighth overall. They hold a 10-5-3 overall record in 2010 and the 14th-highest RPI ranking in the country heading into the championship.
Penn State earns its second straight berth to the national tournament, receiving the No. 15 seed and a bye into Sunday's second round. The winner of Old Dominion versus Virginia will head to University Park, Pa., to take on the Nittany Lions, who have compiled a 13-7-1 overall record this season. Penn State's 12th appearance in the tournament comes on the heels of a runner-up effort at the Big Ten Tournament.
The first round of the NCAA Men's Soccer Championship will be played on Thursday, while second-round action will take place on Sunday at campus locations. The third round is scheduled for Nov. 28, with the quarterfinals set for Dec. 3-5. The 2010 NCAA College Cup will be held on Dec. 10 and 12 in Santa Barbara, Calif.