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2008 NCAA Men's Tournament Preview
by Harry Cicma
, 21 April 2008
Special from NBCSports.com
It's the best time of year again in the world of college tennis. The NCAA tournament is right around the corner, and all eyes are on the festive conference tournaments taking place. To this day, some of the best memories of my life are those that I had competing for Rutgers University in the Big East Championship at the University of Miami's Neil Schiff Tennis Complex.
Bryan Koniecko and Ohio State
are ready for May
© Doug Wrege, TennisRecruiting.net
With no further adieu, here are a few notable men's tennis teams and conferences to look for during the NCAA madness.
The dark horse conference has to be the Big 10. It is conference stacked with depth and talent, and that should pay off for its teams in the NCAA Big Dance. A Big 10 team with a winning record during regular season conference play is deserving of an at-large bid. That puts programs such as Ohio State, Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois and Penn State into the draw.
Speaking of the OSU Buckeyes, they are clearly the best of the bunch. Steven Moneke has complied an impressive 26-6 singles record, ultimately leading his team to an undefeated regular season conference record. The only setback for OSU came back in February when they fell prey to top-ranked Virginia. The Cavaliers may have won that dual 4-1, but expect to see the Buckeyes hungry for revenge at the Big Dance - and ready to return the favor to UVA.
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