NCAA Tracker: Tide, Cowboys to final

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2Ollie SchniederjansGA Tech  67.53 
3Lee McCoyGeorgia  68.19 
4Charlie DanielsonIllinois  68.33 
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Stanford heads into match play without the benefit of the nine-shot lead it forged during three rounds of stroke play at Prairie Dunes to start the 2014 NCAA Division I Men's Championship – and advance out of the quarterfinals but get no further in the afternoon.

Oklahoma State defeated Stanford to reach the final, while defending champion Alabama beat SMU in the quarterfinals and SEC rival LSU in the semis to try and win a second-straight title.

Recap the highlights during the semifinals round of match play from Hutchinson, Kan., right here – and keep scrolling down for our previous coverage!

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Update #41: 8:03 p.m. EDT

Oklahoma State's Wyndham Clark was less than a ball width from making Stanford opponent Viraat Badhwar's birdie try irrelevant, but he settles for par and watches to see if his 1-up lead will be enough. Badhwar has about an 8-footer to square the match and force a playoff, but misses low and long. He removes his visor, shakes Clark's hand and the Cowboys advance to face the defending-champion Alabama Crimson Tide in the final.

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Update #40: 7:58 p.m. EDT

Stanford's Patrick Rodgers and Oklahoma State's Jordan Niebrugge halve the 16th to head to the last with Rodgers 2 up.

The decisive match is likely taking shape at the 18th, where OSU's Wyndham Clark finds the green with his approach and looks to close out a 1-up win. Stanford's Viraat Badhwar then looks for a birdie and hits his approach within 10 feet; again, he'll putt second, needing a winning birdie to keep the Cardinal alive.

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Update #39: 7:51 p.m. EDT

On their third playoff hole, Oklahoma State's Talor Gooch makes a long birdie putt to force Maverick McNealy to match it – which he nearly does, but misses left, and Gooch remains undefeated in NCAA match play while picking up a critical point for the Cowboys. If teammate Wyndham Clark can close out his match at the 18th for a 1 up win, that will send Oklahoma State to the final against Alabama.

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Update #38: 7:48 p.m. EDT

Oklahoma State gets its first point on the board as Zachary Olsen defeats David Boote 3 & 2, the teams still square at 2-2-1.

Quite a duel has taken shape between Oklahoma State's Wyndham Clark and Stanford's Viraat Badhwar, with both reaching the green at the par-5 17th in two. Clark as a longer putt for eagle and has the line, but it stops short and earns a conceded birdie. Badhwar, who had won at the 14th and 15th to climb to 1 down, faces about a 5-footer for eagle but it slides by on the right and a good 3 feet past at that. He goes from trying to square the match to trying to avoid elimination, and he sinks the birdie comebacker to stay alive.

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Update #37: 7:36 p.m. EDT

On their second playoff hole, Oklahoma State's Talor Gooch and Stanford's Maverick McNealy miss the green with their approach shots. McNealy plays a solid bunker shot to inside 5 feet and makes his putt for par, while Gooch also earns a par and they move to their third playoff hole. Their teams' tallies also remain tied at 2-2-1.

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Update #36: 7:29 p.m. EDT

Perhaps the defending champion should already begin to feel like the hunted, considering the way Oklahoma State and Stanford are duking it out for the right to face Alabama in the final.

Patrick Rodgers of the Cardinal wedges his approach from the fairway close enough for a tap-in birdie at the par-4 14th, while Jordan Niebrugge faces a tough pitch from the greenside rough and lofts it on but past the pin; he concedes and faces a 15-20 footer for a birdie to halve. That misses and he goes 2 down against Rodgers with four to play.

Zachary Olsen of the Cowboys wins the the 15th to go 2 up against David Boote with three to play. The tally remains 2-2-1 with the teams knotted.

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Update #35: 7:21 p.m. EDT

This is starting to look like a barnburner of a finish. Wyndham Clark had looked like a sure point-winner for Oklahoma State just two holes ago, but Stanford's Viraat Badhwar has won two in a row to narrow his deficit to 1 down with three holes to play.

Stanford's David Boote wins the 14th hole to narrow his deficit against Zachary Olsen to 1 down as well.

Stanford freshman Maverick McNealy and Oklahoma State senior Talor Gooch head to the 10th for their playoff, which they start with a halve to head to a second playoff hole.

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Update #35: 7:15 p.m. EDT

Individual champion Cameron Wilson of Stanford finishes up a 4 & 2 win over an ailing Ian Davis, after taking control with three straight holes won at Nos. 10-12. Cardinal teammate Maverick McNealy wins the 18th with a par to extend his match against Talor Gooch to extra holes in an attempt to win Stanford's second point as the teams are square as well at 2-2-1.

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Update #34: 7:09 p.m. EDT

Oklahoma State pulls ahead 3-2 as Talor Gooch goes 1 up aginast Stanford's Maverick McNealy. Zachary Olsen of the Cowboys is 2 up against David Boote after wins at Nos. 12-13, while Wyndham Clark's lead against the Cardinal's Viraat Badhwar shrinks to 2 up.

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Update #33: 6:42 p.m. EDT

Oklahoma State's Zachary Olsen wins the 12th hole against David Boote to put the Cowboys in the lead in a second match. In turn, Talor Gooch of Oklahoma State squares his match with Maverick McNealy by winning the 16th hole with a birdie and the Cowboys have squared things up with the Cardinal at 2-2-1.

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Update #32: 6:35 p.m. EDT

Jordan Niebrugge creates a little more hope for Oklahoma State, winning the 11th to narrow his deficit against Stanford's Patrick Rodgers to 1 down. The Cowboys are down 3-1-1, needing Wyndham Clark to hang on for a win and likely two more wins from among Niebrugge, Talor Gooch and Zachary Olsen, with Ian Davis 3 down against individual champ Cameron Wilson.

The winner will face defending champion Alabama, as our Cassie Stein points out via her Twitter account, @GolfweekCassie: "This is @AlabamaMGolf's third straight #NCAAGolf championship final. 2012- runner up, 2013- national champions, 2014- ??"

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Update #32: 6:31 p.m. EDT

A tremendous par putt by Oklahoma State's Talor Gooch keeps him 1 down against Stanford's Maverick McNealy in a match where the Cowboys really need a turnaround in as they trail 3-1-1. Teammate Wyndham Clark is OSU's only leader right now, and he wins the 12th hole to go 2 up against Viraad Badhwar.

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Update #31: 6:22 p.m. EDT

Individual champion Cameron Wilson of Stanford is on fire: He wins three straight coming out of the turn to go 3 up against Oklahoma State's Ian Davis. That has the Cardinal leading the Cowboys 3-1-1 in a competition that has seen several back-and-forth matches all afternoon.

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Update #30: 6:17 p.m. EDT

Alabama will move on to the final – Robby Shelton defeats Stewart Jolly 2 & 1 after winning the 17th hole, while Trey Mullinax defeats Curtis Thompson to give the Crimson Tide their decisive third point. Alabama and coach Jay Seawell will have a shot at back-to-back titles tomorrow.

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Update #29: 6:02 p.m. EDT

Stanford leads Oklahoma State 2-0-3 as individual champion Cameron Wilson wins the 10th hole to go 1 up against Ian Davis and Patrick Rodgers wins the ninth to go 1 up against Jordan Niebrugge. But this match has really seen the numbers jump around, so expect more twists and turns.

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Update #28: 5:44 p.m. EDT

Alabama takes a 4-1 lead as it comes down the stretch, Bobby Wyatt earning the defending champion's first point in the semifinals by defeating Benjamin Taylor 3 & 2. The other four matches still have some time to go before another will be settled.

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Update #27: 5:21 p.m. EDT

Oklahoma State pulls ahead of Stanford as Jordan Niebrugge squares his match with Patrick Rodgers, the fourth match all square between these two teams. The Cowboys' advantage is in the hands of Talor Gooch, who is 1 up in his match against Maverick McNealy.

Tom Lovelady of Alabama squares his match with Smylie Kaufman to boost the Crimson Tide's edge over the SEC-rival LSU Tigers to 3-1-1.

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Update #26: 5:12 p.m. EDT

Alabama leads LSU 3-2 as all five of their matches have made the turn. Oklahoma State and Stanford, still entirely on the front nine, are all square with each team leading one match and the other three square.

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Update #25: 4:23 p.m. EDT

The Alabama-LSU match has almost reached the turn, with it all knotted up at 2-2-1. Alabama's Bobby Wyatt and Tom Lovelady lead their matches, LSU's Stewart Jolly and Zach Wright are up in their matches, while Trey Mullinax and Curtis Thompson are all square.

The Oklahoma State-Stanford match has four of its five matches now on the course, with four matches all square, and the Cardinal leading the other two. David Boote is the only player ahead in his match, moving to 1 up over Oklahoma State's Zachary Olsen through two holes.

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Update #24: 3:19 p.m. EDT

LSU's Smylie Kaufman bounces back with a par at No. 2 to win the hole and evens his match with Tom Lovelady.

But Alabama maintains its early lead after Trey Mullinax wins his opening hole with a par against Curtis Thompson.

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Update #23: 3:10 p.m. EDT

Tom Lovelady draws first blood, as he pars the first to give Alabama a 1-0-2 lead as the afternoon semifinals get underway.

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Update #22: 3:08 p.m. EDT

An uneventful start to the LSU-Alabama match, as the first two matches are all square with pars, with Bobby Wyatt and Benjamin Taylor both just finishing the third hole.

Later this afternoon, Stanford will take on Oklahoma State in a battle that promises plenty of fireworks. The Cardinal advanced in a thrilling morning match with Illinois, leaning on senior Cameron Wilson yet again to move into the Final Fore. Read more about that here.

Oklahoma State advanced to the semis with a somewhat thorough thrashing of Georgia Tech. Read more about that here.

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Update #21: 2:47 p.m. EDT

The Alabama vs. LSU match will shake down like this:

• Bobby Wyatt (Alabama) vs. Benjamin Taylor (LSU)

• Robby Shelton (Alabama) vs. Stewart Jolly (LSU)

• Tom Lovelady (Alabama) vs. Smylie Kaufman (LSU)

• Trey Mullinax (Alabama) vs. Curtis Thompson (LSU)

• Cory Whitsett (Alabama) vs. Zach Wright (LSU)

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Update #20: 2:38 p.m. EDT

The semifinals are officially underway, as Alabama takes on LSU.

Alabama won its morning match behind its new Big Three of Bobby Wyatt, Cory Whitsett and Robby Shelton. Find out more about the quarterfinal win here.

LSU is a bit of a surprise to be in the Final Fore, and had to claw its way back against UCLA to advance. Click here to read more about the morning round.

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Update #19: 1:47 p.m. EDT

Nerd Nation survives for another few hours, as Cameron Wilson clinches a 1-up victory to help Stanford advance to face Oklahoma State this afternoon.

All four top seeds advance to the semifinals, which are slated to begin at 2:30 p.m. EDT with Alabama taking on LSU.

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Update #18: 1:32 p.m. EDT

Stanford's Cameron Wilson two-putts for birdie on No. 17 to take a 1-up lead over Illinois' Alex Burge. The match is knotted at 2-2, so the winner of this game will decide the match.

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Update #17: 1:25 p.m. EDT

Wyndham Clark halves the ninth hole with a par to win his match against Anders Albertson, clinching victory for Oklahoma State.

The Cowboys will face the winner of the Stanford-Illinois match on Tuesday afternoon.

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Update #16: 1:06 p.m. EDT

Oklahoma State has notched two victories over Georgia Tech and leads in another match as the Cowboys appear headed to the semifinals. Talor Gooch defeated Richy Werenski 2 & 1 and Zachary Olsen defeated Bo Andrews 1 up. Jordan Niebrugge leads Seth Reeves 2 up with three to play. The Yellow Jackets' Anders Albertson has squared his match with Wyndham Clark as they head to the 18th; individual runner-up Ollie Schniederjans of Georgia Tech is all square with Ian Davis with two to play.

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Update #16: 1:01 p.m. EDT

Illinois' Charlie Danielson nearly halves his match against Stanford's Viraat Badhwar with a chip-in to win the 18th hole, but the ball skims past the hole. Badhwar then makes a par putt of just more than 5 feet to halve the hole and win the match 1 up – squaring the two teams up with one match left between them as the Illini's Alex Burge and individual champ Cameron Wilson have three holes to decide who reaches the semifinals.

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Update #15: 12:50 p.m. EDT

Illinois' Brian Campbell wins his match by halving No. 16 with Maverick McNealy for a 3 & 2 win. Stanford's Patrick Rodgers wins No. 15 to go 3 up with three holes to play, then halves No. 16 with Jonathan Hauter for a 3 & 2 win. Illinois gets its second point as Thomas Detry wins 1 up over David Boote. Stanford's Viraat Badhwar leads 1 up with one hole to play, while Illinois' Alex Burge is all square with individual champion Cameron Wilson.

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Update #14: 12:29 p.m. EDT

Oklahoma State leads Georgia Tech 4-0-1, having been convincingly ahead most of the day. Talor Gooch could notch the Cowboys' first win, but loses No. 7 to Richy Werenski and is 2 up with two to play.

In the other match, our Lance Ringler points out via his Twitter account, @GolfweekRingler: "Stanford & Illinois each up in one match. Other three all squared... Which team can win 2 of those 3 will move on ..."

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Update #13: 12:16 p.m. EDT

Alabama will face LSU in the semifinals, as the Crimson Tide get past the SMU Mustaings, our Brentley Romine reports on Twitter: "Robby Shelton conceded birdie and match on 18. Alabama moves on #NCAAGolf" – the pivotal match Shelton's 2-up win over Andrew Buchanan.

As for the two remaining quarterfinal matches, our Lance Ringler says one is up for grabs: "Talk about nail biting ... Three matches in Stanford/Illinois contest are All Square!"

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Update #12: 12:11 p.m. EDT

LSU moves on to the semifinals – Smylie Kaufman gives the Tigers their third point with a 2 up victory over Jonathan Garrick. Lorens Chan gets the Bruins on the board with a 4 & 3 win over Stewart Jolly. LSU awaits the winner of the Alabama-SMU match.

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Update #11: 11:59 a.m. EDT

Alabama's Cory Whitsett halves the 14th hole with SMU's Ryan Burgess for a 5 & 4 win that gives the Crimson Tide their second win of the day and gets them close to advancing.

LSU also picks up its second point, our Cassie Stein says on Twitter: "Another point for LSU goes on the board by way of Curtis Thompson. Team will need just one more point to advance. #NCAAGolf"

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Update #10: 11:47 a.m. EDT

LSU leads UCLA 3-1-1 and has its first point wrapped up as our Cassie Stein points out via her Twitter account, @GolfweekCassie: "First point on the board for LSU. UCLA senior Anton Arboleda bows out to Benjamin Taylor. #NCAAGolf" Tigers Smylie Kaufman and Zach Wright are 1 up in their matches with two and four holes to play, respectively.

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Update #9: 11:21 a.m. EDT

Alabama's Bobby Wyatt closes out his match 3 & 2 as the Crimson Tide lead the SMU Mustangs 4-0-1, as our Brentley Romine catches his career numbers up: "@Bobby_Wyatt is now 4-2-1 in #NCAAGolf match play," Romine posts on Twitter. Teammate Cory Whitsett on the verge of defeating Ryan Burgess at 6 up with six to play.

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Update #8: 11:07 a.m. EDT

It wasn't long ago that Alabama trailed SMU, but things can turn on a dime in team match play – and the Crimson Tide have pulled ahead 2-1-2 as Tom Lovelady and Trey Mullinax square their matches. Cory Whitsett is 5 up with seven to playy. Our Brentley Romine has a note on Whitsett via Twitter on @GolfweekBRomine: "@AlabamaMGolf's @cory_whitsett is 5-1 in #NCAAGolf match play. He's 5 up thru 10 in his 1st round match today"

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Update #7: 10:56 a.m. EDT

Illinois pulls ahead of Stanford again, 3-2, while Alabama squares its match with SMU and Oklahoma State remains well ahead of Georgia Tech, 4-0-1, with Zachary Olsen 3 up and Wyndham Clark 2 up in their respective matches.

LSU has UCLA searching for an answer, as our Cassie Stein points out via her Twitter account, @GolfweekCassie: "LSU/UCLA in a heated battle to advance. On back nine it's 3-1-1, LSU. UCLA will need only player with NCAA (match play) experience, Arboleda, to win."

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Update #6: 10:41 a.m. EDT

LSU turns the tables on UCLA even as Curtis Thompson slips to all square with Preston Valder – as Smylie Kaufman goes 1 up on Jonathan Garrick and Zach Wright goes 1 up on Matt Pinizzotto. Benjamin Taylor is all square with Anton Arboleda, while the Bruins' Lorens Chan stretches his lead over Stewart Jolly to 2 up.

SMU takes a 3-2 lead over Alabama as Bryson Dechambeau pulls ahead of Trey Mullinax at No. 10.

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Update #5: 10:29 a.m. EDT

Oklahoma State remains in command against Georgia Tech, 4-0-1. Alabama and SMU remain all square, 2-2-1.

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Update #4: 10:20 a.m. EDT

Stanford rallies to square its match with Illinois at 2-2-1. Stanford's Viraat Badhwar pulls ahead of Charlie Danielson with wins at Nos. 4-6 to go from 1 down to 2 up, while Stanford's David Boote pulls ahead of Thomas Detry with wins at Nos. 6-7 to go from 1 down to 1 up. Illinois' Jonathan Hauter leads Patrick Rodgers 2 up and Illinois' Alex Burge leads individual champion Cameron Wilson 1 up, while Maverick McNealy and Brian Campbell are all square.

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Update #3: 9:50 a.m. EDT

Stanford's Patrick Rodgers is struggling a bit with his game after back-nine woes Monday that saw him slip from contention for the individual title.

Tuesday morning, Rodgers lost his first two holes to Illinois' Jonathan Hauter. He did rebound to win the third hole.

Illinois leads 3-0-2, with NCAA individual champ Cameron Wilson halving his opening hole with Illinois' Alex Burge before losing the second hole.

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Update #2: 9:40 a.m. EDT

Oklahoma State couldn't have hoped for a better start, as the Cowboys take early leads in all five matches against Georgia Tech. Zachary Olsen won two of the first three holes against Bo Andrews.

Meanwhile, the SMU-Alabama match-up is now all square at 2-2-1, with 'Bama's Trey Mullinax now fighting back twice to square his match against Bryson Dechambeau.

UCLA and Illinois both lead 3-1-1 very early in their matches.

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Update #1: 9:20 a.m. EDT

While it is still quite early, SMU has taken an early advantage on top-ranked Alabama, leading 3-2 currently as the first match hits the seventh hole and the last match is on the fourth.

'Bama seniors Bobby Wyatt and Cory Whitsett are ahead in their matches.

In other matches, UCLA and Illinois have incredibly early leads of 2-1-2, while the Oklahoma State vs. Georgia Tech match has yet to fully get underway.

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Monday's coverage

• Stanford's Wilson captures individual crown in playoff

Stanford senior Cameron Wilson missed a par putt at his 54th hole that would have clinched the NCAA individual title Monday at Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kan. A little more than an hour later, he rolled home an 8-footer for birdie on the third playoff hole, the par-5 17th, to defeat Georgia Tech’s Ollie Schniederjans for the NCAA Division I men's individual championship.

• NCAA men: A look at the eight match-play teams

With the last stroke-play round finally wrapping up late Monday evening at Prairie Dunes in Hutchinson, Kan., here is a quick look at the eight teams that will move on to match play Tuesday. The matches will be as follows: Stanford vs. Illinois; Alabama vs. SMU; LSU vs. UCLA; and Oklahoma State vs. Georgia Tech. Here is how they got here:

Ringler: Switch flips on NCAA's latest title telecast

Match play has crowned five champions and seems to continue to tilt the scale in favor of this format this week. It’s not the way college golf normally operates, but there is no question it is good theater. And to this point in time, that is what matters.

Tracker: Wilson wins playoff; match play set

Stanford started the day with a four-shot lead over Alabama and expanded it to a can't-take-it-with-you nine shots, finishing 13 under to Alabama and LSU's 4 under as stroke play ended at the 2014 NCAA Division I Men's Championship. Cardinal Cameron Wilson then wins a three-hole playoff against Georgia Tech's Ollie Schniederjans for the individual championship at Prairie Dunes. Recap the highlights right here.

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