Time to get caught up on the Tournament with some good games scheduled for TV this weekend I anticipate.
Under the category of trash-talking, it looks like Graham Basecke and Chris “Tommy” Tombridge will hold an edge during club practices this week.
Indiana Hoosiers shut out SLU Billikens 2-0. The Billiken’s did win their first NCAA playoff game since 2003 when they beat Drake on Friday evening at SLU but Indiana advances to the Final 16. Ryan Moses and Devon Newport will look to take the Billiken’s to the next level in 2009 while Graham Basecke will join Indiana’s regular pursuit of a title next year. Saturday’s matchup between Indiana and Michigan marks the third meeting between the schools this season. The series is tied at 1-1 in 2008 with the Wolverines picking up a 1-0 win in Bloomington during the regular season. Indiana was a 1-0 winner on Nov. 14 in the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament. Michigan beat UC-Davis to advance (UC-Davis defeated Denver in the 1st round).
Tommy was probably following the Northwestern Wildcats upset of Notre Dame Tuesday. Oliver Kupe picked a fine time to record the first two goals of his collegiate career. The freshman tied the match midway through the second half and then got the game-winner with just 1:14 remaining in regulation as the Wildcats stunned host and No. 12 seed Notre Dame 2-1 in the second round of the 2008 NCAA Division I Men’s Soccer Tournament Tuesday evening at Alumni Field. With the comeback victory, NU advances to take on the winner of the match between fifth-seeded Akron and Ohio State.
Missouri Valley Conference representative Creighton beat Tulsa 2-1 on Tuesday to advance. The second ranked and seventh-seeded Creighton men’s soccer team topped sixth-ranked and unseeded Tulsa in front of 2,467 fans at Morrison Stadium to advance to the third round of the NCAA Tournament. The Bluejays will host Connecticut on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. at Morrison Stadium. The Bluejays (15-1-2) got on the board in the first minute as senior Andrei Gotsmanov scored his team-leading 10th goal of the season just 36 seconds into the match.
And one of my favorites, the 15th-ranked University of Illinois-Chicago (UIC) Flames men’s soccer team advanced to the NCAA Division I Men’s Soccer Championship Round of 16 for a second consecutive season after the Flames outlasted fourth-seeded Michigan State in a penalty kick shootout at DeMartin Stadium on Tuesday afternoon. The Flames (12-3-6) won the five-round PK session by a 3-2 count over the Big Ten champion Spartans (13-5-2) to advance to the Sweet 16 for the third time in school history. UIC will now face North Carolina in Chapel Hill on Sunday at 12 p.m. CST.
The Lady’s have reached the Quarterfinals which will be played Friday and Saturday this week. The Final 4 is scheduled for December 5 and 7 in Cary, NC which will be broadcast on ESPN2. I’ll see if I can dig out some more info on this weekends games, I hope there will be some broadcasts we can catch on the regional sports channels.