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MORNING BRIEFING: Wake heads men's field
by Paul Kennedy, November 18th, 2008 8AM



Defending champion Wake Forest is the top seed in the 48-team NCAA Division I Men's Tournament field announced on Monday. The Demon Deacons, whose 25-game unbeaten streak was stopped by Virginia in Saturday's ACC semifinals, were joined by two other teams from last year's Men's College Cup, Massachusetts and Ohio State, which nabbed at-large bids ahead of several teams disappointed to be left out.

Among those who were overlooked was Campbell (14-6-0), whose 12-game winning streak was snapped in Saturday's Atlantic Sun final.

Five Big East teams got it -- South Florida, St. John's, Notre Dame, Louisville and Connecticut -- but Syracuse (8-6-3), DePaul (9-7-4) and Providence (9-7-3) had arguments.

Kentucky (12-4-5) extended its school-record unbeaten streak to 10 games with its 1-1 tie with Tulsa in the Conference USA final -- but the Wildcats fell in the shootout and did not get an at-large bid.

The ACC led all conferences with six teams in the tournament, including four seeded teams -- No. 1 Wake Forest, No. 2 Maryland, No. 10 Virginia and No. 13 North Carolina.

Three teams will be making their first appearance in the tournament: Big West champion UC Irvine, Atlantic-10 champ Dayton and Missouri Valley runner-up Drake.

Play begins with first-round play Friday and Saturday. The 16 seeded teams move into action in the second round next Tuesday.

Nov. 21 in Williamsburg, Va.
Winthrop at William & Mary
Winner at #1 Wake Forest

Nov. 21 in Chestnut Hill, Mass.
Colgate at Boston College
Winner at #16 Dartmouth

Nov. 22 in Durham, N.C.
UNC Greensboro at Duke
Winner at #9 Loyola (Md.)

Nov. 22 in Amherst, Mass.
Harvard at Massachusetts
Winner at #8 South Florida
Nov. 22 in Oakland, Mich.
Ohio St. at Oakland
Winner at #5 Akron

Nov. 21 in Evanston, Ill.
Loyola (Ill.) at Northwestern
Winner at #12 Notre Dame

Nov. 21 in Louisville, Ky.
Jacksonville at Louisville
Winner at #13 North Carolina

Nov. 21 in Chicago
Dayton at UIC
Winner at #4 Michigan State
Nov. 21 in Boston
Fairleigh Dickinson at Boston Univ.
Winner at #3 St. John's

Nov. 21 in Los Angeles
Cal Poly at UCLA
Winner at #14 UC Irvine

Nov. 22 in Davis, Calif.
Denver at UC Davis
Winner at #11 Michigan

Nov. 21 in Saint Louis
Drake at St. Louis
Winner at #6 Indiana
Nov. 21 in Tulsa, Okla.
UMKC at Tulsa
Winner at #7 Creighton

Nov. 21 in Storrs, Conn.
Fairfield at Connecticut
Winner at #10 Virginia

Nov. 21 in Berkeley, Calif.
San Francisco at California
Winner at #15 UC Santa Barbara

Nov. 21  in Fairfax, Va.
Penn at George Mason
Winner at #2 Maryland

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