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NCAA DI Tournament: Round of 16 Preview

11/24/2017, 3:00pm EST
By COLTON CORESCHI - colton.coreschi@uslsoccer.com

Several seeded teams are already eliminated, will more follow in the round of 16?

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With everyone recovering over the weekend from Thanksgiving, the NCAA DI Tournament returns with Round of 16 action to provide entertainment.

Seven of the 16 seeded teams in the tournament have been eliminated already during the second round, as upsets swept across the national landscape. While everyone from No. 1 Wake Forest to No. 7 Michigan State remain safe, big names fell such as No. 8 Clemson, No. 11 Virginia, No. 12 Notre Dame and No. 13 Michigan. Also going down to unseeded opposition were No. 14 Georgetown, No. 15 Dartmouth, and No. 16 VCU.

Saturday brings six of the remaining seeded teams into play, including No. 2 Indiana, taking on New Hampshire, and No. 3 UNC-Chapel Hill as they face a very tough opponent in SMU. Elsewhere, No. 5 Akron takes on Big Ten champion Wisconsin, No. 6 Duke takes on Fordham fresh off their upset of No. 11 Virginia, and No. 7 Michigan State takes on No. 10 Western Michigan in the only fully-seeded match of the round.

On Saturday, the Round of 16 action concludes with three more matches. No. 1 Wake Forest returns to action after narrowly escaping Columbia and now face Butler. Elsewhere, Colgate is fresh off a major upset of No. 13 Michigan as they face No. 4 Louisville, and No. 9 Stanford aims to keep their title-defense alive against Coastal Carolina.

NCAA DI Tournament Round of 16 Preview


(5) Akron vs. Wisconsin (Saturday, 4 p.m. ET - WatchESPN)

How They Got Here:

  • Akron - First Round: Bye; Second Round: Defeated Seattle 3-0
  • Wisconsin - First Round: Defeated Illinois-Chicago 4-1; Second Round: Defeated (12) Notre Dame 1-0.

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(6) Duke vs. Fordham (Saturday, 6 p.m. ET - WatchESPN)

How They Got Here:

  • Duke - First Round: Bye; Second Round: Defeated Florida International 2-1.
  • Fordham - First Round: Defeated St. Francis 3-2; Second Round: Defeated (11) Virginia 1-0.

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(7) Michigan State vs. (10) Western Michigan (Saturday, 6 p.m. ET - BTN2Go $)

How They Got Here:

  • Michigan State - First Round: Bye; Second Round: Defeated Virginia Tech 3-0.
  • Western Michigan - First Round: Bye; Second Round: Defeated Albany 2-0.

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(3) UNC-Chapel Hill vs. SMU (Saturday, 6 p.m. ET - WatchESPN)

How They Got Here:

  • UNC-Chapel Hill - First Round: Bye; Second Round: Defeated UNC-Wilmington 2-1.
  • SMU - First Round: Defeated Central Arkansas 2-0; Second Round: Defeated (14) Georgetown 2-1.

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(2) Indiana vs. New Hampshire (Saturday, 7 p.m. ET - BTN2Go $)

How They Got Here:

  • Indiana - First Round: Bye; Second Round: Defeated Old Dominion 3-0.
  • New Hampshire - First Round: Defeated Fairfield 3-0; Second Round: Defeated (15) Dartmouth 0-0 (4-1)

PDL Players to Watch


(1) Wake Forest vs. Butler (Sunday, 5 p.m. ET - WatchESPN)

How They Got Here:

  • Wake Forest - First Round: Bye; Second Round: Defeated Columbia 1-0.
  • Butler - First Round: Defeated Lipscomb 2-0; Second Round: Defeated (16) VCU 3-2.

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(4) Louisville vs. Colgate (Sunday, 5 p.m. ET - WatchESPN)

How They Got Here:

  • Louisville - First Round: Bye; Second Round: Defeated San Francisco 3-2.
  • Colgate - First Round: Defeated UMass 2-0; Second Round: Defeated (13) Michigan 3-2.

PDL Players to Watch:


(9) Stanford vs. Coastal Carolina (Sunday, 8 p.m. ET)

How They Got Here:

  • Stanford - First Round: Bye; Second Round: Defeated Pacific 0-0 (4-1).
  • Coastal Carolina - First Round: Defeated Mercer 1-0; Second Round: Defeated (8) Clemson 3-1.

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