NCAA Men's Tennis Championship 2013: Final Four Bracket, Teams, Schedule, More

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NCAA Men's Tennis Championship 2013: Final Four Bracket, Teams, Schedule, More
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The 2013 NCAA Men's Tennis Championship is certainly starting to heat up now with the prospect of being crowned champion this year down to just four programs.

UCLA, Ohio State, Georgia and Virginia will battle it out in the Final Four for a spot in the National Championship.

And given the caliber of tennis that we've seen from some of the top college players in the country thus far, it's shaping as a very intriguing final week.

Read on for a full preview of the 2013 NCAA Tennis Championship Final Four, including all the key information as well as a tournament bracket and more!

 

2013 NCAA Men's Tennis Championship: Final Four Bracket

Note: A full tournament bracket can be seen via the official NCAA website.

Semifinals Semifinals
[1] UCLA vs. [5] Ohio State [3] Georgia vs. [2] Virginia
Monday, May 20 at 2 p.m. ET Monday, May 20, at 2 p.m. ET

 

The Road to the Final Four

UCLA comes into the tournament as the No. 1 seed and has proven it thus far with four consecutive 4-0 wins over UMKC, Drake, Vanderbilt and Duke, respectively.

Photo via ferrisstatebulldogs.com

They'll take on Ohio State, which hadn't dropped a matchup until its quarterfinal against USC, where the Buckeyes were able to knock off the No. 4 seed with a 4-3 win.

Virginia too hasn't dropped a game all tournament and looked very impressive in its quarterfinal win over Tennessee. Georgia, on the other hand, needed five matches to get past No. 14 seed Oklahoma in the round of 16 and six matches to get past No. 11 seed Pepperdine in its quarterfinal.

 

 

Breaking Down the Final Four Matchups

[1] UCLA vs. [5] Ohio State

Photo via ohiostatebuckeyes.com

UCLA is the top seed in the tournament this year and has been simply phenomenal this season, dropping just one match all season in its impressive 24-1 record.

The Bruins dominated the Pac-12 this year, but face an interesting matchup in Ohio State. There's little doubting that Ohio State is very good at home—having not lost there in over a decade—but these final-round fixtures aren't being played at home. They're over six hours away in Illinois.

UCLA should be too strong in the singles matchups here, and I see them moving through to the National Championship with a 4-1 series victory.

 

[3] Georgia vs. [2] Virginia

Photo via virginasports.com

Georgia has been very consistent in men's tennis for the past decade or so—winning its 36th SEC title and achieving its 10th straight season of 20-plus wins.

It finished with a 22-4 record for the year, and despite having a slight hiccup or two in the qualifying stages, has made it to this far in the tournament and into a Final Four matchup against Virginia.

Virginia dominated the ACC this year, winning its seventh consecutive title and its ninth in the past 10 years. The Cavaliers are perfect through the tournament so far.

The Cavaliers only just lost their No. 1 ranking to UCLA earlier this year and have been one of the form teams of the competition thus far. If they can find the form that they showed earlier in the year, they should prove too good for the Bulldogs in this one and could well chalk up another 4-0 victory.

 

2013 NCAA Men's Tennis Championship Final

Matchup Date Start time Prediction
[1] UCLA vs. [2] Virginia Tuesday, May 21, 2013 2 p.m. ET
Virginia wins 4-2

 

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