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NCAA Tournament Set

Wake Forest, Maryland, St. John's and Michigan State are the top four seeds in the 48-team men's tournament, which begins Friday.

Virginia also received a bye and will await the Fairfield-UConn winner in the second round next week. CAA champion George Mason will host Penn on Friday night, with the winner playing at Maryland next Tuesday night in College Park, while William & Mary received an at-large bid and will host Winthrop before a possible matchup with defending champion Wake Forest.

For all the matchups and second-round scenarios, click here.

By Steve Goff  |  November 17, 2008; 6:31 PM ET
Categories:  College Soccer  
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Four schools for the Big West! Hell yeah!

Posted by: EricB1 | November 17, 2008 6:59 PM | Report abuse

Let's Gooooooooooo, Maryland!

Posted by: Colm1 | November 17, 2008 8:49 PM | Report abuse

It is a bit surprising that five of the seven Big Ten teams received invites. Ohio State, last year's runnerup, is being given another chance, despite being barely over .500 and being knocked out in the first round of the Big Ten tournament. That is extremely generous.

Posted by: universityandpark | November 18, 2008 9:17 AM | Report abuse

There is always an irrational preference for the Big 10, regardless of sport.

Look at the case of Indiana. 6 losses this year, and still they receive a higher seed than multiple 1 loss teams.

Posted by: Eric_in_Baltimore | November 18, 2008 9:28 AM | Report abuse

Indiana is No. 3 in the country in the latest NCAA RPI index, which takes into account strength of schedule and other factors beyond overall records.

Posted by: Steve Goff | November 18, 2008 9:37 AM | Report abuse

Should we take RPI more seriously than we do FIFA rankings? Apparently the coaches (and others?) who vote in the Soccer America, Soccer Times, etc. polls do not, because week after week they produce rankings that are substantially at odds with the RPI.

Posted by: universityandpark | November 18, 2008 11:00 AM | Report abuse

RPI weighs heavily in the tournament selections, much more so than subjective polls. It's a similar process to the one used in college basketball for March Madness.

Posted by: Steve Goff | November 18, 2008 11:06 AM | Report abuse

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