Sunday, October 21, 2012

Region by Region Analysis

Both Emerson and Tufts looked strong in the first round of MQC games. As usual Boston and Harvard are right behind them. Other schools such as Smith and UMASS will benefit from playing the "Boston 4" and might be able to sneak one of the 11 Northeast regional spots. Also, earlier in the season, in New York, the Badassilisks took home the Zombie Tournamnet trophy but Hofstra and Vassar were also impressive.

Mid Atlantic
Maryland is one win over Villanova from being the best team in the Mid Atlantic. After going 5-0 at the Turtle Cup including wins over Pittsburgh, Penn State and Johns Hopkins, Maryland is 11-0 on the year. Other teams to watch for are Virginia, Richmond, and Johns Hopkins.

Upstart teams Tampa, Florida State, Florida Gulf Coast, Florida Atlantic, and hosts UCF played in the only tournament of the year so far in the Sunshine start. Miami won asserting itself as the favorite in Florida. USF and FGSU traveled to Loyola NO this past weekend to play LSU and other  NCBA Gulf teams. Both teams made it to the Semifinals and it took a snatch from 20 behind for USF to defeat newbies FGCU 40*-30. USF and LSU ended in a tie and I'm still not sure why they didn't play overtime. Miami travels to LA next weekend to play UCLA and USC!

At the Dmbledore Tournament hosted by IUSB, Ball State defeated Marquette in the finals and Michigan and Michigan State advanced to the Semifinals. But, last year's Midwestern champs Kansas did not play in the tournament. In the Kansas Cup, I know that Kansas advanced to the finals after beating Arkansas is the semis but I don't know who they will play in the finals.

A&M and LSU are still on top of the region, but Texas hasn't played yet. UT, many people's favorite to win the World Cup, kick off their season next weekend at Texas State for the Diamond Cup. Baylor and SHSU also had strong showing at the Breakfast Taco tournament.

NAU and Arizona State faced off in Arizona for round robin play (also with Arizona) and Utah won the Denver Quidpocalypse. We get our first view of the California teams next weekend when Miami comes to play USC and UCLA and Stanford and Cal okay in their annual rivalry match.

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