NCAA Tournament semifinal matches to follow tonight

Four teams remain and by the end of the night only two will be left still fighting for a national championship.

The NCAA Tournament semifinals get underway tonight at Loyola’s Gentile Arena as Stanford and BYU play each other in a rematch of the MPSF Tournament championship match. In addition, two traditional conference powerhouses Penn State and Loyola will meet in the other semifinal match.

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Video: Penn State news conference from NCAA Tournament media day

Coach Mark Pavlik and his Penn State players are enjoying that they’ll be playing in a sold-out arena — even if it’s in front of a hostile crowd.

Pavlik said during a news conference Wednesday that the team has embraced the challenge of trying to upset the No. 1 seed Loyola on its home court in the upcoming NCAA Tournament semifinals. Continue reading

Russanity powers Penn State through Lewis, into NCAA semifinals

Aaron Russell backed-up his coach calling him a top-three outside attacker in the nation and got Penn State back into the NCAA Tournament semifinals.

Russell had a match-high 20 kills as the No. 5 seed Penn State defeated the No. 4 seed Lewis 27-25, 19-25, 25-23, 25-19 in the NCAA Tournament play-in match on Tuesday in Chicago.
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Top historical trends, stats to know about 2014 NCAA Tournament field

The numbers and trends make every NCAA Tournament interesting, but this upcoming NCAA Tournament significantly stands out.

Check out the six historical trends and stats to know heading into the upcoming NCAA Tournament this week in Chicago. Continue reading

Stanford, Lewis receive at-large bids as field unveiled for NCAA Tournament

The national title hopes for Stanford and Lewis live on thanks to the NCAA Tournament selection committee.

The men’s volleyball NCAA selection committee announced Sunday morning that the Cardinal and Flyers received the two at-large bids to the upcoming Division I-II NCAA Tournament as it revealed the six-team bracket. Continue reading

NCAA Tournament Projections: Season’s final college men’s volleyball bracketology

All the matches are over and the final Off the Block bracketology is out just hours before Selection Sunday.

Off the Block has released its latest projection of the NCAA Tournament field that the selection committee will announce at 11 a.m. (EST) Sunday.

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Video: Reaction, analysis to Conference Championship Saturday

The top-seeds entering Conference Championship Saturday were the big winners as Penn State, Loyola and BYU all ended the night winning conference titles and a berth in the upcoming NCAA Tournament.

Check out Off the Block editor Vinnie Lopes breakdown the three conference tournament championship matches and what to take away entering Selection Sunday. Continue reading