Ringler's 2012 NCAA Championship primer

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A look at the 2012 NCAA Division 1 Men's Championship, held May 29-June 3 at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif.:

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Field of 30

The NCAA Championship field, in order of Golfweek/Sagarin College Ranking:

  • 1. Texas
  • 2. Alabama
  • 3. UCLA
  • 4. USC
  • 5. Auburn
  • 6. California
  • 7. Oregon
  • 8. Stanford
  • 10. Texas AM
  • 11. Washington
  • 13. North Florida
  • 14. San Diego State
  • 16. Kent State
  • 17. Virginia
  • 18. Florida
  • 19. Florida State
  • 22. Central Florida
  • 24. Georgia
  • 26. Iowa
  • 28. Oklahoma
  • 29. Liberty
  • 31. Illinois
  • 32. Chattanooga
  • 33. Alabama-Birmingham
  • 35. East Carolina
  • 39. TCU
  • 40. Memphis
  • 48. Virginia Tech
  • 49. Lamar
  • 55. Tulsa

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Ringler’s Fab 5

1. Texas: The Longhorns have to be the favorite, having been ranked No. 1 all season. Texas has three players ranked in the top 20.

2. Alabama: The Crimson Tide, along with perhaps California, may be the team with the most momentum.

3. UCLA: The Bruins have only one win this season, but have quietly been one of college golf’s most consistent teams.

4. California: The Golden Bears have the fewest head-to-head losses (13) in college golf and are peaking at the right time.

5. Washington: This is the time of the year this program gets noticed. The Husky magic seems to be alive and ready for a run at Riviera.

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Overachiever

Lamar is an obvious choice. The Cardinals, who finished fourth at the East Regional, were the only double-digit seed to qualify for nationals and do not have any players ranked in the top 100.

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Underachiever

Chattanooga’s winning the South Central Regional might have raised a few eyebrows. Not mine. The Mocs have shown glimpses this season of a team that could stick around at Riviera. With the Southern Conference Championship its only previous win, the Mocs were something of a regular-season disappointment. This team is better than its ranking.

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Number crunching

Conference USA was the big winner at regionals. Five league teams – Alabama-Birmingham, Central Florida, East Carolina, Memphis and Tulsa – advanced. Only the Pac-12 had more teams, with six. The SEC had four, and the ACC and Big 12 each had three.

Talk about your power conferences. The Pac-12 won three of the six regionals, and its six teams at the NCAA finals (UCLA, USC, Cal, Oregon, Stanford, Washington) are ranked in the top 11 of the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings.

• With Oklahoma State’s streak of 65 consecutive NCAA Championships now over, who has the longest current streak? The answer: Florida, with 12.

The top 20 players in Golfweek’s individual rankings all will be at Riviera.

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