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NCAA Tournament fields to be announced on Monday

NCAA Tournament fields to be announced on Monday

Both the NCAA men’s and women’s soccer tournament pairings will be announced on Monday.

Following its 2-0 loss to Clemson on Saturday, Pitt’s men’s team, which was ranked number one in the United Soccer Coaches poll last week, should be a lock to earn one of the 14 at-large bids to the tournament.  In addition to Pitt losing, No. 2 Georgetown also lost Saturday, 2-1 to Big East rival Seton Hall.

The NCAA will hold its men’s draw show on Monday at noon ET to announce the 36-team field and the women’s show at 1 p.m. ET.

You can follow the Men’s live selection show here and the women’s selection show here.

The first round of the NCAA Division I Tournament will begin on April 27 and 28 for the women and on April 29 for the men in North Carolina.  Pitt still has a chance to earn a number one or number two seed, and will likely not start playing until the second round.  In the men’s 36-tournament bracket, only the 8-9 seeds will play each other in each of the four regions.

Stakes raised in conference championships with limited NCAA tournament field

Men’s Tournament Automatic qualifiers: 

AAC – Central Florida 
ACC – Clemson 
America East – New Hampshire 
Atlantic Sun – Jacksonville 
Atlantic 10 – Fordham 
Big East –  Seton Hall 
Big South – High Point 
Big Ten – Indiana 
CAA – James Madison

Conference USA – Marshall 
Horizon – Milwaukee
MAAC – Monmouth
Mid-American – Bowling Green 

Missouri Valley – Missouri State 
Northeast – St. Francis (N.Y.) 
Pac-12 – Stanford

Patriot – American
Southern – UNCG 1 Belmont 0.
Summit – Denver 
Sun Belt – Coastal Carolina

WAC – Air Force
WCC – Loyola Marymount 

Potential At-Large Teams:

Here are the latest Men’s National Rankings (teams highlighted who are eligible at large bids)

1 Pitt (16) 1 611 13-2-0
2 Georgetown (7) 2 607 7-0-2
3 Indiana 6 550 8-1-0
4 Clemson (1) 3 548 12-3-2
5 Wake Forest 4 534 11-2-2
6 Washington (1) 7 515 10-2-0
7 Loyola Marymount 10 451 6-0-2
8 Stanford 5 438 8-2-1
9 Marshall 12 400 8-2-2
10 New Hampshire 11 373 6-0-1
11 Seton Hall 9 344 7-1-3
12 Charlotte 14 328 5-2-1
13 Missouri St 8 310 9-1-0
14 Penn State 19 295 7-1-1
15 North Carolina 18 256 7-4-3
16 Grand Canyon 15 248 7-0-0
17 Marquette 17 242 8-1-1
18 James Madison 21 224 5-0-1
19 Oregon State NR 192 8-4-0
20 UCF 24 129 7-3-0
21 Coastal Carolina 16 95 9-3-2
22 Northern Kentucky NR 90 7-1-0
23 Saint Mary’s 23 83 5-2-1
24 Lafayette NR 51 6-0-0
25 Virginia Tech NR 50 6-6-2

Men’s Tournament Automatic qualifiers

On the women’s side, these are the schools which have automatically qualified for the 48-team tournament:
Among the regional teams that could potentially qualify for an at-large bid, based on national rankings include Penn State (4th in USC poll) and West Virignia (5th in USC poll).
AAC – South Florida 

ACC – Florida State 

America East – Stony Brook 

Atlantic Sun – Liberty 

Atlantic 10 – St. Louis 

Big East – Georgetown 

Big Sky – Montana

Big South – Campbell

Big Ten – Iowa
Big 12 – TCU 

CAA – Elon
Conference USA – Rice 
Horizon – Milwaukee 
MAAC – Siena 
Mid-American – Bowling Green 
Missouri Valley – Loyola (IL)
Mountain West – New Mexico

Northeast – Central Connecticut St.

Ohio Valley – SUIE 
Pac-12 UCLA 
Patriot – Navy SEC – Vanderbilt 
Southern – Furman 

Southland – Southeastern Louisiana 
Summit – Denver 
Sun Belt – South Alabama 
SWAC – Alabama St. 
WAC – Utah Valley
WCC – Santa Clara receives automatic bid.

John Krysinsky has covered soccer and other sports for many years for various publications and media outlets. He is also author of 'Miracle on the Mon' -- a book about the Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC, which chronicles the club, particularly the early years of Highmark Stadium with the narrative leading up to and centered around a remarkable match that helped provide a spark for the franchise. John has covered sports for Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, DK Pittsburgh Sports, Pittsburgh Sports Report, has served as color commentator on Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC broadcasts, and worked with OPTA Stats and broadcast teams for US Open Cup and International Champions Cup matches held in the US. Krysinsky also served as the Head Men’s Soccer Coach at his alma mater, Point Park University, where he led the Pioneers to the first-ever winning seasons and playoff berths (1996-98); head coach of North Catholic boys (2007-08), associate head coach of Shady Side Academy boys (2009-2014).

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