After 2 rounds of play, a few upsets have created some holes in brackets and may have mathematically eliminated a few entries already. (Mine being foremost among them.)
Here are the standings, commentary on the tournament as a whole and IU’s play and prospects continued below.
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For full disclosure, I should point out that I was the first person to lose a semifinalist from the bracket when Virginia went down to defeat at the hands of mighty Old Dominion on Thursday evening.
Perhaps the bigger upset though happened on Sunday, where The Michigan State Spartans avenged their basketball bretheren and defeated Butler 1-0 at the Butler Bowl.
Though most everyone in the pool picked IU to win this game, observers of recent IU Soccer had every reason to be worried. In the past 5 seasons, IU had twice lost in its first NCAA game, and had lost in its first Big Ten Tournament game the previous weekend. But despair not, IU staked itself to a 3-0 lead, then Will Bruin provided the final two goals in a 5-1 rout.
IU’s next opponent, the Akron Zips, did not have such an easy time as they advanced with a 3-2 win over West Virginia. Akron also put itself out by an early 3-0 count, but two goals in the final ten minutes made for some white knuckles in Akron. The Zips host IU next Sunday at 4 PM.
One final note, the Big Ten has advanced five teams to the round of 16. The improvements seen in the conference in just the last ten years is remarkable.