Big Ten well-represented at NCAA tournament

All five of the Big Ten Conference men's soccer teams that advanced to the 2010 NCAA Men's Soccer Championship are still alive and slated to participate in Sunday's third round. The Big Ten is the only conference with more than two teams in the final 16.

Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State and Penn State earned bids to the tournament, marking the third-straight year and the fourth time in league history that five or more teams have advanced to the national tournament.

Four teams earned byes through the opening round, and Michigan State topped Oakland, 2-0, in the first round to move on to the second round.

The Big Ten enters Sunday's round of 16 with a perfect 6-0-0 record in the NCAA tournament this season after all five teams won in last weekend's second round. The league has outscored its opponents 16-4 in the tournament so far.

Second round action saw No. 16 seed Ohio State (11-5-3) beat Providence, 2-1, and Michigan State (13-7-1) upset No. 13 seed Butler, 1-0, on the left side of the bracket.

Three Big Ten teams are in action on the right side of the bracket as No. 14 seed Indiana (10-7-2) took down Tulsa, 5-1, and No. 15 seed Penn State (14-7-1) posted a 4-1 win over Old Dominion. Big Ten tournament champion and No. 10 seed Michigan (15-4-3) beat Central Florida, 2-1, to close out second round play.

The round of 16 has the Big Ten teams facing the top four overall seeds in No. 1 Louisville (17-0-3), No. 2 Maryland (18-2-1), No. 3 Akron (19-1-1) and No. 4 North Carolina (16-3-2) in addition to No. 7 seed South Carolina (13-6-2).

The Badgers went 1-4-2 against the league's remaining active teams this season, including a double-overtime scoreless draw with Ohio State in the first round of the Big Ten tournament. UW won the resulting penalty kick shootout, 5-4, to advance to the semifinal round.

All eight third round games are scheduled for Sunday:
No. 10 seed Michigan at No. 7 seed South Carolina, 1 p.m. CT
Michigan State at No. 4 seed North Carolina, 2 p.m. CT
No. 14 seed Indiana at No. 3 seed Akron, 3 p.m. CT
No. 15 seed Penn State at No. 2 seed Maryland, 4 p.m. CT
No. 16 seed Ohio State at No. 1 seed Louisville, 6 p.m. CT

Related links
NCAA interactive bracket
Soccer America: Big weekend for Big Ten
Big Ten: 2010 NCAA Men's Soccer Championship Central
 

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