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Virginia remains among top 4, while Maryland moves up in new top-25 poll

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Virginia remains among top 4, while Maryland moves up in new top-25 poll

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Maybe AP Top 25 voters were a bit too low on Michigan to start the season. That isn't the case anymore.

The Wolverines (8-0, 1-0 Big Ten) have made a rapid rise to reach No. 5 in Monday's latest poll behind Gonzaga, Kansas, Duke and Virginia after their latest impressive wins. They've beaten every opponent by at least 17 points, with three of those coming against ranked teams.

The Wolverines are off to their best start since winning the first 16 games of the 2012-13 season, a year that saw them play in the NCAA Tournament final. That's also the last time the Wolverines had cracked the top 5 before Monday.

The success has come amid the program's shift to a more defensive focus. Michigan ranks first in the country in KenPom's adjusted defensive efficiency, allowing an average of 86.8 points per 100 possessions.

"They're learning that sometimes you're not going to make a foul shot, you're going to turn it over, you're going to have a tough ref's call," Michigan coach John Beilein said after Saturday's home win against Purdue. "Your defense can be the one constant, as long as we keep embracing that, we can keep having success."

Michigan started the year at No. 19 but quickly leaped into the top 10 after beating reigning NCAA champion Villanova by 27 on the road on Nov. 14 in a rematch of last year's final.

Last week, Michigan was seventh before beating two more ranked opponents at home: North Carolina by 17 in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, then Purdue by 19 in its league opener.

They also rank among the most efficient offenses in the country, while they've proven adept at defending without drawing whistles -- ranking among the nation's best at avoiding fouls and keeping opponents off the foul line.

Yet Beilein chuckled when asked if he was having a difficult time finding things to critique with his team's play after the Purdue win.

"No, I'm finding things," Beilein said. "I'm the same way I'd always be: what can we do better?"

COMPLETE AP TOP 25 POLL

1. Gonzaga 8-0 (43 No. 1 votes, no change from last week)

2. Kansas 6-0 (19 No. 1 votes, no change from last week)

3. Duke 7-1 (1 No. 1 vote, no change from last week)

4. Virginia 7-0 (1 No. 1 vote, no change from last week)

5. Michigan 8-0 (No. 7 last week)

6. Nevada 8-0 (No. 5 last week)

7. Tennessee 6-1 (No. 6 last week)

8. Auburn 6-1 (No change from last week)

9. Kentucky 7-1 (No. 10 last week)

10. Michigan State 6-2 (No. 9 last week)

11. Florida State 6-1 (No. 15 last week)

12. Wisconsin 7-1 (No. 22 last week)

13. Texas Tech 7-0 (No. 20 last week)

14. North Carolina 6-2 (No. 11 last week)

15. Virginia Tech 6-1 (No. 13 last week)

16. Kansas State 6-1 (No. 12 last week)

17. Buffalo 7-0 (No. 21 last week)

18. Iowa 6-1 (No. 14 last week)

19. Ohio State 7-1 (No. 16 last week)

20. Arizona State 7-0 (Not ranked last week)

21. Villanova 6-2 (No. 23 last week)

22. Mississippi State 6-1 (No. 25 last week)

23. Maryland 7-1 (No. 24 last week)

24. Nebraska 7-1 (Not ranked last week)

25. Furman 8-0 (Not ranked last week)

SAME QUARTET

The top four remained unchanged in the poll, with Gonzaga earning 43 of 64 first-place votes. Kansas had 19, while Duke and Virginia each had one.

TOP 10

Michigan jumped Nevada and Tennessee, which checked in at No. 6 and No. 7. Auburn, Kentucky and Michigan State rounded out the top 10.

TOP RISERS

No. 12 Wisconsin and No. 13 Texas Tech made the biggest jumps of the week. The Badgers jumped 10 spots to No. 22, while the Red Raiders moved up seven from No. 20.

No. 11 Florida State and No. 17 Buffalo also had notable climbs, each moving up four spots.

LONGEST SLIDES

Kansas State and Iowa had the biggest slides among ranked teams, with both falling four spots. The No. 16 Wildcats tumbled after a loss to Marquette, while the No. 18 Hawkeyes fell after losing to Wisconsin.

UNC and Ohio State each fell three spots. The No. 14 Tar Heels lost at Michigan a week after losing to Texas, while the No. 19 Buckeyes lost to Syracuse in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

NEWCOMERS

There were three new teams in No. 20 Arizona State, No. 24 Nebraska and No. 25 Furman. It is Furman's first AP poll appearance and comes a little more than two weeks after the Paladins won at Villanova in overtime.

The Cornhuskers are making their first poll appearance since November 2014. Arizona State, however, spent much of last season in the poll and peaked at No. 3 last December.

SLIDING OUT

Texas (No. 17), Oregon (No. 18) and Purdue (No. 19) fell out of the poll, with the Ducks and Boilermakers each losing twice last week.

While the Boilermakers lost against ranked FSU and Michigan teams, the Ducks and Longhorns each suffered surprising upsets. Oregon lost as a 24-point favorite at home to Texas Southern, while Texas lost at home to Radford.

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2019 College World Series Central: Bracket, favorites, viewing information

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2019 College World Series Central: Bracket, favorites, viewing information

The four matchups in the first round of the College World Series are set after the final two games of the tournament Super Regionals finished on Monday.

Arkansas and Auburn were the last two teams to make the CWS bracket, after each team won the rubber match in its respective Super Regional, scoring 14 runs apiece.

Of the eight teams vying for the prized college baseball title, two (Michigan and Florida State) were amongst the last four teams in the field of 64 to make the tournament. Now, they join some of the other top teams across the country. 

Michigan beat a No. 1 UCLA team 2-1 in the Los Angeles Super Regional, a Bruins team which hadn't lost a series all season. The Wolverines proved they are a force to be reckoned with as they head to their first CWS appearance since 1984.

Like Michigan, Auburn made the CWS for the first time in over 10 years (the Tigers' last CWS appearance was in 1997).

It's the second consecutive year that Mississippi State, Arkansas and Texas Tech have made the final bracket. Last year, Arkansas was the runner-up after losing to Oregon State in the finals. Mississippi State made it to the semifinals before Oregon State defeated the Bulldogs and went on to win the tournament. 

2019 NCAA COLLEGE WORLD SERIES BRACKET & BROADCAST SCHEDULE

CWS Final Game 3*: Michigan vs. Vanderbilt, Wed. 6/26 at 7 p.m. ET, ESPN

(*if necessary)

FINALIZED RESULTS

Game 1: Michigan 5, Texas Tech 3, Sat. 6/15
Game 2: Florida State 1, Arkansas 0, Sat. 6/15 
Game 3:  Vanderbilt 3, Louisville 1 Sun 6/16
Game 4: Mississippi State 5, Auburn 4, Sun. 6/16 
Game 5: Texas Tech 5, Arkansas 4, Mon. 6/17 | Arkansas eliminated
Game 6: Michigan 2, Florida State 0, Mon. 6/17
Game 7: Louisville 5, Auburn 3, Wed. 6/19 | Auburn eliminated
Game 8: Vanderbilt 6, Mississippi State 3, Wed. 6/19  
Game 9: Texas Tech 4, Florida State 1, Wed. 6/19 | Florida State eliminated
Game 10: Louisville 4, Mississippi State 3, Thurs. 6/20 | Mississippi State eliminated
Game 11: Michigan 15, Texas Tech 3, Fri. 6/21 | Texas Tech eliminated, Michigan advances to final
Game 12: Vanderbilt 3, Louisville 2, Fri. 6/21 | Louisville eliminated, Vanderbilt advances to final

CWS Final Game 1: Michigan 7, Vanderbilt 4, Mon. 6/24 | Michigan leads series 1-0
CWS Final Game 2: Vanderbilt 4, Michigan 1, Tues. 6/25 | Series tied 1-1

FUN FACTS

  • Vandy Rockstar: The Commodores' freshman right-hander Kumar Rocker threw a complete game no-hitter (and 19 Ks) in Game 2 against Duke in the Nashville Super Regional to keep Vanderbilt's championship hopes alive. 
  • Sweeps on Sweeps: Florida State, Louisville and Mississippi State each swept its respective Super Regional. The most notable was the Cardinals' sweep of the East Carolina Pirates, where Louisville outscored ECU 26-1. 
  • No Repeats: Texas Tech defeated the reigning champion Oregon State in the Lubbock Super Regional to ensure there will be a new school crowned champion. 

 

Maryland hosts Notre Dame, Purdue faces Virginia in 2019 Big Ten/ACC Challenge matchups

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Maryland hosts Notre Dame, Purdue faces Virginia in 2019 Big Ten/ACC Challenge matchups

The annual matchup continues and we’ve got big news. For the 21st season, two of the prominent conferences will face off in the 2019 Big Ten/ACC Challenge.   

All 14 Big Ten teams will battle against 14 of the 15 ACC teams, with Virginia Tech the lone school not participating. The Challenge will include a total of 14 games spread across Monday, Dec 2nd - Wednesday, Dec. 4th.  

This year’s Challenge will feature eight first-time meetings in the event: Maryland at Notre Dame, Penn State at Wake Forest, Boston College at Northwestern, Florida State at Indiana, Georgia Tech at Nebraska, Iowa at Syracuse, Louisville at Michigan, Pitt at Rutgers. 

Maryland will host Notre Dame on Wednesday, December 4th. The matchup will be the first meeting between the Terps and the Fighting Irish since the 2013-14 season, before the Terps left the ACC. 

In 2018-19, Maryland finished 23-11 overall, good for fifth in the Big Ten. Notre Dame tied for last place in the ACC, finishing a disappointing 14-19. 

Virginia, the reigning national champions will travel to Indiana to take on Purdue. Virginia and Purdue will battle for the third time in the Challenge and fourth time overall. In the 2000 Challenge between the Cavaliers and the Boilermakers, Virginia won 98-79. A few years later in 2006, Purdue beat Virginia 61-59. 'In the Challenge, UVA has an all-time record of 13-6, including a five-game winning streak. UVA beat former ACC rival Maryland 76-71 in last season’s Challenge. 

The Cavaliers and Boilermakers recently faced off against each other in this year’s Elite Eight game. Virginia defeated Purdue 80-75 in overtime.

The ACC has not lost the Challenge since 2015. 

Tip-off times, networks and more information have not yet been provided.

The 2019 Challenge matchups:

Monday, December 2:

Clemson at Minnesota 

Miami at Illinois

Tuesday, December 3:

Michigan at Louisville 

Iowa at Syracuse 

Rutgers at Pitt

Northwestern at Boston College 

Duke at Michigan State 

Florida State at Indiana 

Wednesday, December 4:

Notre Dame at Maryland 

Virginia at Purdue 

Wisconsin at NC State 

Wake Forest at Penn State 

Nebraska at Georgia Tech 

Ohio State at North Carolina

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