Initial look at upcoming NCAA Tournament play-in matches

The excitement of Selection Saturday is done and now it’s time to get ready for the NCAA Tournament matches.

Check out the match-ups and the stats to know for the upcoming NCAA Tournament play-in matches.



No. 3 seed Loyola (25-2, 14-2 MIVA) vs. No. 6 seed Pfeiffer (21-3, 17-1 CC)
Match vitals:
6 p.m. Tuesday in Palo Alto, California
Last meeting: First match between the two programs
Last NCAA Tournament title: Loyola (2014); Pfeiffer (never)
NCAA Tournament record: Loyola (2-1); Pfeiffer (0-0)
How they got here: Loyola (won MIVA Tournament championship); Pfeiffer (won Conference Carolinas Tournament championship)
Historical stats to know: Loyola is undefeated all-time against Conference Carolinas schools and has not lost a game in any of the six matches. Pfeiffer is making its NCAA Tournament debut. However, programs in their first NCAA Tournament match are 0-3 during the rally scoring era.

No. 4 seed Hawai’i (24-6, 18-4 MPSF) vs. No. 5 seed Penn State (20-9, 12-0 EIVA)
Match vitals:
8 p.m. Tuesday in Palo Alto, California
Last meeting: Hawai’i swept Penn State in January
Last NCAA Tournament title: Hawai’i (2002); Penn State (2008)
NCAA Tournament record: Hawai’i (3-3); Penn State (15-29)
How they got here: Hawai’i (received final at-large bid to NCAA Tournament); Penn State (won EIVA Tournament championship)
Historical stats to know: Hawai’i every time it has qualified for the NCAA Tournament has played Penn State in its opening round match. It is 2-1 in those matches with its last win coming in its 2002 vacated season. Penn State has not won a NCAA Tournament match as the lower since the last time the tournament was at Maples Pavilion when as the No. 3 seed it upset Cal State Northridge in the 2010 NCAA Tournament semifinals.