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Monday, April 30, 2012

Final ITA Rankings Kept Under Wraps; Bracket Challenge at Tennis Recruiting Network; Michibata, Bradley Resign at Princeton, Geiger-Walton Out at William & Mary

For the first time since I've been covering the NCAAs, the rankings from the season's last week are not being published prior to Tuesday's selection shows.  Last year at this time, we learned Florida had leapfrogged Stanford for the top spot, but when the NCAA seedings were revealed the next day, Stanford was No. 1 and Florida No. 2.  I'm not sure what problem this lack of transparency solves, but it would be appropriate for the ITA or the NCAA to explain the reason for the NCAA committee's decision.

Fortunately, we have the Texas College Tennis blog to provide us with information the NCAA won't, and he has run and re-run the rankings (these are the ITA rankings, not his alternative rankings, which he has also provided this year) to give us an idea of what to look for tomorrow at 5 p.m., when the live stream of the selection show begins at ncaa.com. (For those interested in Division II, the regionals are underway now. For more, see the NCAA women's tennis D-II page and the men's D-II page).

In TCT's men's rankings, a significant change has seen UCLA move from No. 5 to No. 2, behind USC. That puts Georgia at 3, Virginia at 4 and Ohio State at 5, after the Buckeyes had been no lower than 3 all season. Kentucky, Duke and Pepperdine round out the top 8. Granger also has projected the seeding groups and published a nifty map to place them geographically ((blue-1, red-2, green-3, yellow-4).

In TCT's women's rankings, UCLA retains its No. 1 ranking, with defending champion Florida at 2, followed by Duke, USC and Stanford at 5. Georgia, North Carolina and Cal are 6, 7, and 8. Granger's projected women's seedings can be found in this post.

Thanks to Granger for putting in all this time. Without his efforts I would be completely unprepared to follow the selection show on Tuesday. Again, if anyone can propose a logical reason for the decision to withhold these rankings, I am eager to hear it.

The Tennis Recruiting Network is sponsoring a bracket challenge for the NCAA Division I tournament this year, which means I will not be hosting the informal one I have done in the past. Complete details will be available after Tuesday's selection show, but for an overview, see this article.

This is the time of year not only for pre-NCAA excitement, but for job changes in the coaching ranks.  Princeton lost both of its head coaches this month, with men's head coach Glenn Michibata resigning last week, and Megan Bradley-Rose announcing her resignation today. Michibata was head coach at Princeton for 12 years; Bradley-Rose just completed her third season.

William and Mary will also be looking for a new head coach for their women's team, with Meredith Geiger-Walton resigning today after four years in Williamsburg, Va. St. John's, Houston, Bradley and Southeast Missouri State are other Division I schools with women's head coaching vacancies.

The University of Wyoming recently removed the interim tag from women's coach Dean Clower.


Sad said...

In the past I've really enjoyed seeing people's predictions on your blog, especially the more frequent posters. I'm sad to hear you won't be hosting the informal bracket challenge. I hope you still encourage people to post their picks in the comments.

get real said...

Grangers rankings look preety good except for UT (texas) at 20 as Texas lost to A&M last week. what is the typical cutoff in rankings to get a spot? 43-45? anybody know?

Austin said...

Depends how many auto bids go out in those slots. There are 33 at-large bids, so usually the cutoff is right in the area you listed.

Austin said...

If I were seeding, here is how I would do it:

1) USC
2) UVA
4) OSU
5) Kentucky
6) UGA
7) Duke
8) Stanford
9) Pepperdine
10) Oklahoma
11) Miss State
12) Florida
13) Illinois
14) UNC
15) Ole Miss
16) Baylor

curious said...

Austin, what's your reasoning for having UGA at 6?

NoAustin said...

@Austin, UGA at #6 despite their most recent win over Kentucky in the SEC Championships and a H2H win of OSU? Also, Your #9 Pepperdine trounced #8 Stanford 6-1.

been-there said...

Austin, UGA at #6? With Ku Singh deepening that lineup, Pasha at the end, they need to be higher in your rankings, in my very humble opinion.

Plus if you have been around that program, it feels like they have an intangible edge too & I don't mean the fans barking!

Austin said...

I know UGA just beat UK in SEC title match, however, if they lose that 2nd set breaker that clinched it, it may have been 3-3 before the third set even started in the deciding match. I gave the edge to UK because they won in Athens. Granted I think they are two very even teams, but I gave the edge to UK because they have the best player...plus the win in Athens.

I know Pepperdine beat Stanford in Malibu, and I really like the Waves' top two guys, but I guess I keep drinking Cardinal kool-aid because I think in a tournament setting they will squeak by.