Seeking Seventh Straight Title, Trojans Take No. 3 Seed Into NCAA Tournament|
Nov. 23, 2014
The USC men's water polo team will carry the momentum of six consecutive national championships into a 10th straight trip to the NCAA Tournament, thanks to an at-large berth scored for the 2014 NCAA Tournament. The selections for the six-team 2014 tournament were decided upon tonight, with the Trojans gathering the No. 3 seed into this year's bracket. That puts USC (22-6) in a play-in game for a shot at a semifinal slot, as the Trojans look to defend their historic six consecutive NCAA crowns and take aim at what could be the USC men's program's 10th overall national championship.
In order to get into position for another title run (the Trojans have been in the NCAA title match every year since 2005, with seven championships won in that nine-year span), USC will first have to compete in a play-in game. The No. 3 seeded Trojans will host No. 6 seed Whittier (23-12) on Saturday (Nov. 29) at a time to be determined. A win that day would propel USC to the NCAA tournament host site, UC San Diego, for competition running December 6-7 in La Jolla, Calif.
No. 3 seed USC has earned one of two at-large berths into the 2014 NCAA Tournament. No. 2 seed Stanford (25-3) -- the MPSF Tournament champion -- will await the winner of the USC-Whitter play-in game for the Dec. 6 semifinal at 3:12 p.m. in La Jolla. In the other play-in game, No. 4 seed UC San Diego (15-9) will face No. 5 seed Brown (26-6) also on Nov. 29. Both are winners of their respective conference tournaments. Earning the top seed this year is UCLA (27-3), which finished third at the MPSF Tournament and earned the second at-large berth into the NCAA Tournament. The Bruins will face either UC San Diego or Brown in the other semifinal match on Dec. 6 in La Jolla. The 2014 NCAA Championship game is slated for 3:12 p.m. on Dec. 7, preceded by a 1 p.m. third-place game.