Nov. 9, 2010
Four Big Ten teams will represent the conference at the 2010 NCAA Championship as Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State and Penn State have been selected as part of the 16-team field, marking the 10th straight season the conference has sent three or more teams to the national tournament and just the third time in the last 16 seasons the conference will send four or more teams to the national tournament. The NCAA Championship begins this weekend, with first-round games contested on Saturday, Nov. 13, and second-round games scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 14. First- and second-round matchups will be played at various campus sites.
Included in the Big Ten contingent is Michigan, who finished the 2010 regular season as Big Ten Co-Champions. Also winners of the Big Ten Tournament, the Wolverines have been selected to the NCAA Championship nine times since 1999 and won the 2001 national championship. Michigan owns a 13-7 record in their eight previous appearances and in first-round action, the Wolverines are 7-1. In their opening-round matchup, Michigan will face Old Dominion, who finished the season 12-10 and won the Colonial Athletic Association Championship. The match will be played in Chapel Hill, N.C., on the University of North Carolina campus. The winner of the Michigan-Old Dominion match will face the winner of the Stanford-North Carolina match in the second round.
Joining Michigan will be Big Ten Tournament runner-up and Big Ten Co-Champion Ohio State, who finished the season 16-4 and claimed the top seed in the Big Ten Tournament. Ohio State’s invitation into the NCAA Championship is the sixth in school history, with the first coming in 1994. The Buckeyes will face Albany, which finished the year 16-5, in the first round at University Park, Pa., on the Penn State University campus.
The third Big Ten squad to earn a spot in the NCAA Championship is Penn State, who finished the season 14-5 and was the No. 3 seed in last week’s Big Ten Tournament. The Nittany Lions make their 16th appearance in the national tournament since joining the conference, and fifth in the last six seasons. In its opening-round game Penn State will host the Syracuse Orange, who finished the season 15-4 overall and won the Big East Championship. The winner of the Penn State-Syracuse matchup will face the winner of the Ohio State-Albany game in the tournament’s second round.
The final Big Ten team to join the field of 16 is Michigan State, who finished the season 15-5 and advanced to the Big Ten Tournament semifinals. Michigan State’s invitation into the NCAA Championship is the eighth in school history and fourth in a row. Michigan State, who owns an 8-7 record in the NCAA Championship, will face host Virginia in Charlottesville, Va.
The national semifinals will be held Nov. 19 and the national championship game will take place on Nov. 21 on the Maryland campus in College Park, Md. The semifinals and finals will be streamed live on NCAA.com.