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November 14th, 2010 at 2:03 PM ^

What is the "next game" the announcer is referring to when speaking about the PSU student who received a yellow? NCAA's? I would think they would start with a clean slate for that tourney.


November 14th, 2010 at 2:14 PM ^

Great to not only see Michigan win, but completely dominate.  Hats off to Coach Steve Burns and all the players.  They've had top 10 recruiting classes the last 2 years and might have the #1 recruiting class coming in next year. 

Looked like the European Football version of the spread n' shed today.  They really attacked from all angles. 



November 14th, 2010 at 2:18 PM ^


congratulations to the team on their first tournament championship in program history! it was a dominating win from start to finish. good luck in the NCAA tournament!!!


November 14th, 2010 at 2:21 PM ^

How does this set us up for the NCAA's?  What seed can we expect?  Is the Big Ten a traditionally strong soccer conference?  I haven't followed soccer much in the past (obvi) but I'm interested in it.



November 14th, 2010 at 3:09 PM ^

FA covers it well--22 autobids (including Michigan) plus 26 at large teams.  Last year, the Big Ten had 4 of the 26 at large spots.  Top 16 teams nationally get byes, last year 4 of these 16 were Big Ten teams.  I don't know if Michigan will get a bye, since they were #26 in RPI last week--it will be a close call.

If Michigan gets the bye, they will host a second round game on Sunday afternoon November 21.

If Michigan does not get the bye, they will play a first round game on Thursday November 18, and it will almost certainly be at home.

The tournament field is announced tomorrow afternoon.


November 14th, 2010 at 5:21 PM ^

48 Teams make the tournament. The top 16 teams get byes and home field advantage for the first game. After that round, teams travel to regional sites like the basketball tournament. It's single elimination the whole way.

We'll probably get a bye because our season long performance is pretty solid, we're 'hot', and we just beat 2 quality teams (Wisconsin isn't good). RPI is used as a factor in determining seeds, but it isn't the only thing that is used.

The Big Ten is a traditionally strong soccer conference, but that is based almost entirely on Indiana, which is one of the most successful soccer programs in the nation. They've won 7 national championships, second only to St Louis, and have had 10 players win the Hermann Trophy (think Heisman). 

This year, the Big Ten is the #1 conference according to RPI, but voter's haven't given the Big Ten any respect, and they have no teams in the top 25. LOL polls obviously.

If the draw goes like it has in prior years, it will be televised on ESPN News or ESPNU. I'll make a thread or something when I find out what is going on.