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No. 38 IU selected for NCAA Women’s Tennis Championship

Tuesday evening, the NCAA held its annual women’s tennis championship selection show to announce the 64-team tournament field. There are 31 automatic qualifying teams that won their respective conference tournaments in addition to 33 teams that received at-large bids.

The top 16 teams host the first two rounds and the winner of each four-team pod advances to Urbana, Ill. to play in the Sweet Sixteen. The championship match will be played on May 21.

The No. 38 IU (18-9) women’s tennis team qualified as an at-large team and is scheduled to face No. 18 Vanderbilt (15-11), who defeated the Hoosiers 4-0 in IU’s last NCAA Championship appearance in 2010, in the first round. Thirteenth-seeded Clemson (14-7), who is ranked No. 11 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings, is the host school of IU’s pod and will face Eastern Kentucky (19-6) in the first round. The first round of the tournament is scheduled to start on May 10, with second round play slated for May 11-12.

“We know Vanderbilt was almost a No. 1 seed, so we drew one of the best No. 2 seeds in the field,” IU Coach Lin Loring said. “That being said, we beat Duke earlier this season when they were No. 2 and later Michigan, who was ranked as high as No. 6. We are probably the three seed that no one wanted in their regional.”

This is the 28th time that Loring has been at the helm of a tournament bound IU squad. Seniors Leslie Hureau and Jithmie Jayawickrema are the only IU players with tournament experience. Hureau was a freshman when Vanderbilt defeated Indiana in 2010 and she advanced to the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Women’s Tennis Singles Championship in 2011.

Jayawickrema played in last year’s NCAA Championship when she attended Stephen F. Austin State University. No. 25 Tulsa defeated No. 46 Stephen F. Austin 4-0 in the first round.

“The team is very excited,” Loring added.  “No one on this team has ever been to Clemson. We have never gone more than two years in a row without a trip to the NCAAs, so this was really important for our program to go this year.”

Click here to view an interactive 2013 NCAA Women’s Tennis Championship bracket.

Click here to read this post on the Indiana Daily Student’s Hoosier Hype blog. 

College basketball stock report: 5 teams to buy, sell or hold

Illinois

SELL

The Fighting Illini started the season 12-0 and defeated No. 10 Gonzaga on the road by double digits. However, since Illinois’ victory over Eastern Kentucky on Dec. 16, John Groce’s squad is 3-5 and 2-4 in the Big Ten. The Illini lost to unranked Purdue, Wisconsin and Northwestern, which does not bode well since their schedule will only get tougher as the season progresses. They still have to play Michigan twice, Indiana and Michigan State for the first time, in addition to rematches against Minnesota and Ohio State.

Michigan State

BUY

It's a good time to be in East Lansing, Mich. as Tom Izzo and the Michigan State Spartans sit atop the Big Ten standings with a 6-1 record. (Image courtesy of http://wkzo.com/news/articles/2012/sep/24/msu-basketball-coach-tom-izzo-guest-speaker-at-kalamazoo-benefit/)
It’s a good time to be in East Lansing, Mich. since Tom Izzo and the Michigan State Spartans sit atop the Big Ten standings with a 6-1 record. (Image courtesy of http://wkzo.com/news/articles/2012/sep/24/msu-basketball-coach-tom-izzo-guest-speaker-at-kalamazoo-benefit/)

The Spartans were on the verge of dropping out of the AP Top 25 after three losses in the 2012 calendar year. Michigan State’s challenging non-conference schedule paid off; Tom Izzo’s squad is leading the Big Ten with a two game lead over Michigan and Indiana. Three of Michigan State’s Big Ten wins are by three points or fewer, which separates great teams from the good ones in March.

 Oregon

BUY

The Ducks sit alone at the top of the Pac-12 standings after defeating No. 24 UCLA last Saturday. Arizona and UCLA only appear once on Oregon’s schedule, which means there are no ranked opponents remaining on the Ducks’ schedule. Oregon is in the driver’s seat to win the Pac-12 now that the team’s biggest challenges are in the Ducks’ rearview mirror.

Wisconsin

HOLD

Bo Ryan’s Badgers are a very perplexing team. Wisconsin lost four of its first 10 games then rattled off seven consecutive wins, including victories over No. 12 Illinois and No. 2 Indiana. After defeating the Hoosiers in Assembly Hall, the Badgers dropped two games to Iowa and Michigan State by a total of six points. Wisconsin has the coach and the talent to finish in the top three in the Big Ten or the Badgers could end up sixth or seventh. They have been too inconsistent to determine how good they can be in college basketball’s toughest conference.

Xavier

BUY

The 2012-13 Musketeers are possibly one of the weakest Xavier teams in the past decade and most Atlantic 10 projections have Xavier as a middle-of-the-road team in the conference yet Semaj Christon & Co. have started to turn their season around in conference play. Don’t look now but Xavier is tied with Virginia Commonwealth for first place. The Muskies have pulled out close wins against Temple, St. Bonaventure and La Salle after losing four straight games in non-conference play. They don’t play VCU and Butler until late in the season, which means that Xavier has over a month to improve before it faces two of the A-10’s best teams.