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NCAA men's tournament

ACC champion Boston College is top seed in Division I event.

Ed Kelly
Coach Ed Kelly (red jacket), here giving instructions to, left to right, attacker Shawn Chin, goalkeeper Chris Brown, and defenders Jamie Melas and Chris Carey, led Boston College to the Atlantic Coast Conference championship and the top seed in the NCAA tournament.
-- Boston College photo --

INDIANAPOLIS (Monday, November 19, 2007) -- Coming off its first Atlantic Coast Conference championship, Boston College has been named the top seed in the NCAA Division I Men's Soccer Championship, which begins Friday.

BC, which is ranked fourth in the SoccerTimes.com College Coaches Poll, earned the No. 1 seed largely by virtue of twice defeating then-top-ranked Wake Forest, including 2-1 in the ACC tournament final Sunday.

Sixteen teams were seeded and given first-round byes in the 48-team field which will battle to advance to the NCAA Men's College Cup December 14 and 16 at SAS Soccer Park in Cary, N.C.

Wake Forest University was issued the No. 2 seed. Connecticut, which won the Big East championship and was elevated to No. 1 in the SoccerTimes poll, was given the third seed while Indiana was seeded fourth.

The remaining seeded teams are 5) Ohio State 6) Brown 7) Santa Clara 8) Creighton 9) Northwestern 10) Notre Dame 11) Virginia Tech 12) California-Santa Barbara 13) Maryland 14) Akron 15) West Virginia; and 16) Tulsa.

Twenty-two conferences were awarded automatic bids for the 2007 tournament with the remaining 26 teams selected at large.

The automatic qualifying conferences and their representatives are:

America East Conference - Vermont
Atlantic Coast - Boston College
Atlantic 10 - Massachusetts
Atlantic Sun - Campbell
Big East - Connecticut
Big South - Liberty University
Big Ten - Ohio State
Big West - UC-Santa Barbara
Colonial - Old Dominion
Conference USA - Tulsa
Horizon - Illinois-Chicago
Ivy - Brown
Metro Atlantic - Loyola (Baltimore)
Mid-American - Akron
Missouri Valley - Bradley
Mountain Pacific - New Mexico
Northeast Conference - Central Connecticut State
Pacific-10 - California
Patriot - Colgate
Southern - Furman
Summit - Oakland (Mich.)
West Coast - Santa Clara.

Six teams will make their first appearance in the NCAA tournament: Central Connecticut, Campbell, DePaul, Liberty, Louisville and California-Davis. The Big East led all conferences with seven entrants, followed by the ACC, which had six..

UC-Santa Barbara won its first NCAA Division I title by defeating UCLA 2-1 in last December's final at Robert R. Hermann Stadium in St. Louis.

All first-round games will be played either Friday or Saturday, while all 16 second-round matches are set for November 28.

The schedule for the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament (with all times Eastern):

In Amherst, Mass.
First round (Friday) - Boston University at Massachusetts, 12 noon
Second round (November 28) -Winner at Boston College, 7 p.m.

In Boston
First round (Saturday) - Central Connecticut State at Harvard, 1 p.m.
Second round (November 28) - Winner at Tulsa, 8 p.m.

In St. Louis
First round (Friday) - Illinois-Chicago at Saint Louis, 8 p.m.
Second round (November 28) - Winner at Northwestern , 8 p.m.

In Dallas
First round (Saturday): Gonzaga (Wash) at Southern Methodist, 8 p.m.
Second round (November 28) - Winner at Creighton, 8 p.m.

In Louisville, Ky.
First round (Friday) - Duke at Louisville, 8 p.m.
Second round (November 28) - Winner at Ohio State, 7:30 p.m.

In Seattle
First round (Friday) - Portland at Washington, 9 p.m.
Second round (November 28) - Winner at UC-Santa Barbara, 10 p.m.

In Baltimore
First round (Saturday) - Liberty at Loyola (Baltimore), 1 p.m.
Second round (November 28) - Winner at Maryland, 5 p.m.

In Peoria, Ill.
First round (Saturday) - DePaul at Bradley, 8 p.m.
Second round (November 28) - Winner at Indiana, 7 p.m.

Hanover, N.H.
First round (Saturday) - Vermont at Dartmouth, 7 p.m.
Second round (November 28) - Winner at Connecticut, 7 p.m.

In Tampa, Fla.
First round (Friday) - Colgate at South Florida, 7:30 p.m.
Second round (November 28) - Winner at Akron, 7:30 p.m.

Berkley, Calif.
First round (Friday) - UC-Davis at California, 4:30 p.m.
Second round (November 28) - Winner at Virginia Tech, 7 p.m.

Norfolk, Va.
First round (Saturday) - Providence at Old Dominion, 7 p.m.
Second round (November 28) - Winner at Brown, 7 p.m.

In Los Angeles
First round (Saturday) - New Mexico at UCLA, 10 p.m.
Second round (November 28) - Winner at Santa Clara, 10 p.m.

In East Lansing, Mich.
First round - Oakland at Michigan State, TBA
Second round (November 28) - Winner at Notre Dame, 7:30 p.m.

Charlottesville, Va.
First round (Friday) - Saint Peter's at Virginia, 5 p.m.
Second round (November 28) - Winner at West Virginia, 7 p.m.

Greenville, S.C.
First round (Saturday) - Campbell at Furman, 2 p.m.
Second round (November 28) - Winner at Wake Forest, 7 p.m.

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