The NCAA Division I Women's Soccer Committee will reveal on Monday the 64 teams that will participate in the 2007 NCAA Division I Women's Tournament that begins later this week.
64-team bracket will be revealed on the NCAA Women's Soccer Selection Show that is set to air between 8 and 8:30 pm ET on ESPNews.
Before seeding the top 16 teams and drawing the
bracket, the NCAA Division I Women's Soccer Committee must pick the 34 at-large teams who will join the 30 conference champions who have already qualified. NCAA CRITERIA
Here are some key questions being asked as the countdown begins to Monday
evening's announcement: Which conference will get the most bids?
The ACC could get as many as eight bids -- ie., a bid for every team that played
in last week's ACC Tournament at the Disney's Soccer Showcase in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The only team that appears to be on the bubble is Miami (Fla.). At 9-6-5, the Hurricanes have one of the
weakest records of the teams under consideration and they are winless in their last five games, including a shootout loss (tie) against Virginia in the ACC quarterfinals. But their wins includes North
Carolina, Boston College and Alabama A&M (SWAC champion). What effect will shootout losses have for bubble teams?
Like Miami, bubble teams Auburn
(LSU in SEC quarterfinals) and Colorado (Texas in Big 12 quarterfinals) also fell in shootouts to strong teams. At 10-7-2, Auburn has no outstanding win, though victories over bubble teams Samford
(3-0) and Kentucky (4-1) could work in its favor. At 9-7-4, Colorado has beaten Sun Belt champion Denver and Oklahoma State, a Big 12 foe also in contention for an at-large berth. Will Sunday's 2-1 win over USC leapfrog Washington State over other bubble teams?
At 11-5-3, the Cougars are certainly worthy of consideration, though only two
other wins were against teams with a record higher than .500 (Gonzaga and Oklahoma State). Recent history should have WSU faithful nervous. Last year, another Pac-10 team, Oregon, put on a late
charge and finished at 12-6-2 (and 6-1-2 in the Pac-10) and didn't get in. Also on the Pac-10 front, will Arizona State's 2-1 win over Arizona in its final
game get the Sun Devils in at 10-9-1?
In ASU's favor is a win over Washington State. Six of the other wins were against teams with a record higher than .500, including conference
champions Charlotte and Creighton. Besides Big East division champions and tournament finalists West Virginia and Notre Dame, which Big East teams will get
Louisville is a lock; Connecticut should get in even though it lost to Georgetown in the Big East quarterfinals. The Hoyas are 14-7-0 with only other big win -- but it could be
decisive. Georgetown beat Marquette (12-4-4), which started 9-0-1 but won only three of their last games. Will Samford's high RPI earn the Ohio Valley a
second entrant in the NCAA Tournament?
Samford, ranked No. 40 in last week's RPI index, fell to SE Missouri on penalty kicks in the Ohio Valley final. The Bulldogs' 15-4-1 record is the
best in their history, and it includes wins over three 2007 conference champions -- Kennesaw State, Memphis and High Point. (Two years ago, Samford earned a berth in the NCAA Tournament and
knocked off ranked Vanderbilt in the opening round.) Do regular-season conference champions UCF (Conference USA) and UNC
Greensboro (Southern) get in as at-large teams?
At 14-4-3, UCF is worthy of strong consideration. In addition, it's played a solid schedule with 15 games against teams with winning
records and ties with Florida State and Miami (Fla.). A win over William & Mary on opening day was the biggest win for UNCG (15-4-1).
With that in mind, here are Soccer America's predictions
on the 34 teams to get at-large bids, giving the (ever so slight) nod to Washington State and Samford over Colorado and UNC Greensboro: ACC (7)
Tennessee Pac-10 (5)
Washington State Big East (4)
Notre Dame Big Ten (4)
Big 12 (3)
Texas A&M CAA (2)
Santa Clara Conference USA
UCF Ohio Valley (1)
Samford AUTOMATIC QUALIFIERS
*top seed in
n-no conference tournament. 2 *North Carolina
, ACC 3 n-UCLA
, Pac-10 8 n-Portland
, WCC 13 Purdue
, Big Ten 14 *West Virginia
, Big East
, SEC 21 Texas,
Big 12 30 Hofstra
, Atlantic 10 38 Memphis
, Conference USA 49 BYU
Mountain West 57 *Hawaii
, WAC 63 n-Penn
, Ivy 65 *Cal St.
, Big West 71 *Kennesaw State
, Atlantic Sun 75 *SE Missouri
, Ohio Valley 85 Denver
, Sun Belt 88 Furman
, Southern 93 Loyola (Md.)
Atlantic 97 Toledo
, Mid-American 124 Creighton
, Missouri Valley 129 Boston Univ
., America East 130 Loyola (Ill.)
, Horizon 143 *Sacramento State
Sky 147 Oakland
, Summit 150 Stephen F. Austin
, Southland 164 Navy
, Patriot 188 High Point
, Big South 199 *Monmouth
, Northeast 219 Alabama A&M