A Couple Thoughts On The 2013 NCAA Bracket

A Couple Thoughts On The 2013 NCAA Bracket

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On November 19, 2013
  • 2013 College Cup, 2014 MLS SuperDraft, Features


The 2013 College Cup bracket was released yesterday and boy did it have some interesting matches in it. I had written down a couple thoughts during the selection show and figured I would share them with you all.

1. Parity in the college game. Just like in MLS, parity ruled over the college soccer scene in 2013. Lots of good teams finishing the year with lots of draws. Five of the six ACC teams come into the postseason with five or more ties. South Florida, the champion of the new American Athletic Conference ended the year with eight draws.

Thanks to the parity, the tournament draw reflected that with first round matches like UNC-South Florida or the big one between defending champions Indiana and Akron. 

2. West coast love. If you didn’t realize it, you should by now, there are some good teams on the Western side of the country now days. Washington ended the year as most folks’ top team. UCLA earned the top seed however. Also, don’t sleep on California there at the number 4 seed.

After having just one team seeded in 2012, six West Coast teams — the three Pac-12 teams and UC Santa Barbara, UC Irvine and Cal State Northridge from the Big West — were seeded. That is a big improvement.

3. Potential big second round. There are some real good looking second round matches coming up this weekend as well. UMBC potentially getting UCONN could be a surprisingly good game. Marquette, the new Big East winner getting the winner of the Akron-Indiana showdown is certainly going to be good. And the UNC-USF winner having to travel across the country to play UC Irvine will be interesting as well.

Crazy to think that once the second round is complete, we may be without names like UCONN, Akron, UNC, Indiana, and Louisville if some upsets or seeded teams hold serve.

Men’s Bracket

Thursday, November 21
Elon vs. Clemson
Connecticut vs. Quinnipiac
Akron vs. Indiana
Delaware vs. St. John’s
Wisconsin vs. Milwaukee
VCU vs. Navy
Louisville vs. Denver
Old Dominion vs. Drexel
Penn vs. Providence
North Carolina vs. USF
Coastal Carolina vs. ETSU
Northwestern vs. Bradley
William & Mary vs. George Mason
Penn State vs. St. Francis (N.Y.)
Stanford vs. Loyola Marymount
Creighton vs. Seattle

Sunday, November 24
(1) UCLA vs. Elon/Clemson winner
(16) UMBC vs. Connecticut/Quinnipiac winner
(9) Marquette vs. Akron/Indiana winner
(8) Virginia vs. Wisconsin/Milwaukee winner
(3) Notre Dame vs. Wisconsin/Milwaukee winner
(14) Wake Forest vs. VCU/Navy winner
(11) Michigan State vs. Louisville/Denver winner
(6) Georgetown vs. Old Dominion/Drexel winner
(5) Maryland vs. Penn/Providence winner
(12) UC Irvine vs. North Carolina/USF winner
(13) Charlotte vs. Coastal Carolina/ETSU winner
(4) California vs. Northwestern/Bradley winner
(7) New Mexico vs. William & Mary/George Mason winner
(10) UC Santa Barbara vs. Penn State/St. Francis (N.Y.) winner
(15) CSU Northridge vs. Stanford/Loyola Marymount winner
(2) Washington vs. Creighton/Seattle winner