Saturday, December 1, 2012

NCAA | Tournament Day 2: Louisville loses, Pac-12/Big Ten roll


Arizona State loses; disastrous day for West Coast Conference

The Big Ten is smilin’. The West Coast Conference, not so much.

The Big Ten sent seven teams to the tournament, and all of them are still dancing. Four are still alive in the West Lafayette Regional, where we’d consider three of the four (Penn St, Minnesota and Ohio St) favorites to advance to the Sweet 16, where Nebraska and Michigan have already landed.


Washington's Amanda Gill tips on a slide attack
in a victory against Central Arkansas
-Seattle Times photo by Mark Harrison
Michigan, by the way, defeated tenth-seeded Louisville, marking the first time a seeded team has lost this tournament. Volleyblog Seattle has been saying for weeks that Louisville is overrated. It only adds fire to arguments by Hawai’i fans that the Rainbow Wahine should have been one of the 16 seeds.

The Pac-12 also qualified seven, but Cal lost to North Carolina Thursday, and Arizona State was surprised by Oklahoma last night, losing the 5th set 13-15. USC is already through to the Sweet 16; Stanford, Washington, UCLA and Oregon—all playing at home—would like to follow.

The big loser was the West Coast Conference, where five of six teams all lost in the first two rounds. San Diego—which should have been seeded—dropped a heartbreaker to Michigan State, in what might have been the toughest first-round matchup of the tournament. Santa Clara was embarrassed by Hawai’i, Loyola Marymount was shut out by Western Kentucky, disappointing Pepperdine lost in five to Dayton, and St. Mary’s lost a second-round match to USC, after nearly winning the first set. Only 12th-seeded BYU remains from the battered WCC.


TODAY’S LINEUP (all times Pacific):

WEST LAFAYETTE REGIONAL

AUSTIN REGIONAL
University Park

Austin
4:30PM
Bowling Green @ (1) Penn St

WINNER
(3) Texas





Lexington

Gainesville
4PM
Ohio St @ (16) Kentucky

4:30PM
Col. Charleston @ (14) Florida





Tallahassee

Lawrence
1:30PM
Purdue @ (9) Florida St

4:30PM
Wichita St @ (11) Kansas





Minneapolis

Los Angeles
4PM
Creighton@ (8) Minnesota

WINNER
(6) USC










OMAHA REGIONAL

BERKELEY REGIONAL
Eugene

Los Angeles
8PM
Dayton @ (5) Oregon

7PM
Michigan St @ (7) UCLA





Provo

Louisville
6PM
Oklahoma @ (12) BYU

WINNER
Michigan





Seattle

Ames
7PM
Hawai’i @ (13) Washington

WINNER
(15) Iowa St





Lincoln

Palo Alto
WINNER
(4) Nebraska

7PM
Western Ky @ (2) Stanford






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