Bracketology: Who teams should root for in conference tournaments

The decision of what teams earn the two at-large bids to the NCAA Tournament could be greatly influenced by conference tournament matches not involving those teams or even their conference.

Of the all the pieces of criteria used by the NCAA Tournament selection committee the one with greatest fluidity is record against teams already qualified for the NCAA Tournament or under consideration for an at-large bid.

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2014 Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. Freshmen All-American Team released

A nationwide voting committee selected nine players to the inaugural Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. Freshmen All-American Team.

The Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. Freshmen All-American Team honors the top NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball freshmen players from the regular season. It is also the only Freshmen All-American Team presented in college men’s volleyball.

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Three finalists announced for inaugural Lloy Ball Award

A nationwide voting committee selected USC setter Micah Christenson, Stanford setter James Shaw and Pepperdine setter Matt West as finalists for the inaugural Lloy Ball Award.

The Lloy Ball Award is given to the nation’s best setter in NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball during the regular season.

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Top college men’s volleyball matches to follow tonight

It’s a huge midweek night in college men’s volleyball with several matches that could have a significant affect on the conference tournament seeding and the race for the NCAA Tournament at-large bids.

No. 5 Stanford and No. 7 USC highlights the slate of matches as both teams continue to battle to earn a home postseason match in the MPSF Tournament. In addition out in the Midwest, Ball State will attempt to put an end to No. 1 Loyola’s perfect run in conference play.

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NCAA Tournament Projections: Team comparisons using selection committee criteria

With Selection Sunday almost a month away, the races for the at-large bids and NCAA Tournament seeding is getting tighter but the teams on the bubble still in contention remains unprecedentedly large.

Off the Block has crunched the numbers using the same criteria as the selection committee to show how the top teams in the nation fare against each other in the race for the two at-large bids and NCAA Tournament seeding. Continue reading

Top 5 college men’s volleyball matches to follow tonight

It’s a light slate of matches but they have plenty of intrigue and importance with only a few weeks remaining in the regular season.

No. 2 Long Beach State will travel to play No. 7 USC in the marquee match of the night and the only match featuring two top 10 ranked teams. In addition out in the Midwest, No. 10 Lewis will play host to Penn State in their annual non-conference meeting.

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Video: USC coach, players react to sweep against Cal State Northridge

Coach Bill Ferguson didn’t have to worry about his team’s overlooking Cal State Northridge with looming match against No. 2 Long Beach State.

Ferguson said following No. 7 USC’s sweep against Cal State Northridge on Friday that the Trojans have started to tighten their play on the court and increased their focus heading into the final weeks of the regular season.

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