NCAA Championship 2017: Quarterfinals preview, matchups, starting times

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NCAA Championship 2017: Quarterfinals preview, matchups, starting times

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Here are the matchups and starting times for the match-play quarterfinals of the 2017 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championship, plus Lance Ringler’s preview of each match (Note: all times Eastern; Golfweek/Sagarin ranking in parentheses):

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No. 2 Oklahoma vs. No. 7 Baylor

OFF NO. 1 TEE

  • Blaine Hale (130), Oklahoma vs. Cooper Dossey (30), Baylor, 8 a.m.
  • Max McGreevy (53), Oklahoma vs. Braden Bailey (48), Baylor, 8:10 a.m.
  • Rylee Reinertson (149), Oklahoma  vs. Garrett May (66), Baylor, 8:20 a.m.
  • Grant Hirschman (51), Oklahoma vs. Hunter Shattuck (81), Baylor, 8:30 a.m.
  • Brad Dalke (98), Oklahoma vs. Matthew Perrine (38), Baylor, 8:40 a.m.

Ringler says: Big 12 opponents face off in opening round, is this allowed? This one is a toss-up for me. On paper, Baylor is better and been better all year, but are they? All five of Baylor’s player rank in the top 81, while only two Sooners are in the same grouping. Consider this: Baylor is 3-1 vs. Oklahoma this year and up 28 strokes. This match is likely to come down to the final two parings.

I really like what I have seen from Oklahoma this week. The Sooners made their first appearance in match play a year ago in Eugene and is a team that is peaking at the right time. However, Baylor has been very good all season long and reached No. 1 in the rankings for the first time in the history of the program. This has the build up to be the best quarterfinal match.

According to the rankings Baylor has the advantage, 4-1.

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No. 3 Illinois vs. No. 6 USC

OFF NO. 10 TEE

  • Edoardo Lipparelli (102), Illinois vs. Sean Crocker (9), USC, 8 a.m.
  • Giovanni Tadiotto (297), Illinois vs. Andrew Levitt (185), USC, 8:10 a.m.
  • Nick Hardy (12), Illinois vs. Rico Hoey (10), USC, 8:20 a.m.
  • Michael Feagles (105), Illinois vs. Cheng Jin (124), USC, 8:30 a.m.
  • Dylan Meyer (16), Illinois vs. Justin Suh (29), USC, 8:40 a.m.

Ringler says: These teams now combine for a total of 10 appearances in match play and have yet to come away with a title. Illinois extended its streak five consecutive trips to head-to-head play. For the Trojans, the past two years have to feel like they could have won a title losing to eventual champion LSU in 2015 and Texas last year in the semifinals. USC returns four of its five players from last year’s lineup in Eugene.

This just feels like the year for Mike Small. The Illini have entered this time of the year as the No. 1  team in the country or the top seed and have yet to bring home the championship. Illinois has a 4-5 all-time record and USC is 3-3. Two hungry programs, but one is leaving Rich Harvest Farms early tomorrow afternoon. Illinois is up 2-1 on USC this year and plus 10 shots.

According to the rankings, USC has the advantage, 3-2, with Illinois better in the final two matches. Illini will need a point early.

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No. 1 Vanderbilt vs. No. 8 UNLV

OFF NO. 1 TEE

  • Patrick Martin (7), Vanderbilt vs. Harry Hall (71), UNLV, 8:50 a.m.
  • John Augenstein (75), Vanderbilt vs. Taylor Montgomery (605), UNLV,  9 a.m.
  • Will Gordon (115), Vanderbilt vs. John Oda (24), UNLV,  9:10 a.m.
  • Theo Humphrey (31), Vanderbilt vs. Justin Kim (270), UNLV, 9:20 a.m.
  • Matthias Schwab (18), Vanderbilt vs. Shintaro Ban (50), UNLV, 9:30 a.m.

Ringler says: Vanderbilt has been near the top all season long and draws a tough match against a UNLV team that has been very good here in the postseason. The Rebels won the West Lafayette Regional, which ranked as the toughest of the six regionals. Vanderbilt and UNLV have yet to win a match since this format was introduced in 2009. The two schools combine for an 0-3 record in match play.

Vanderbilt is the clear favorite here, but it’s match play which helps the underdog and with all the pressure on the Commodores to win this actually should help UNLV. However, most would expect Vanderbilt to get two points from John Augenstein and Theo Humphrey. This week was the first time two schools have played in the same tournament.

According to the rankings, Vanderbilt has the advantage, 4-1

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No. 4 Oklahoma State vs. No. 5 Oregon

OFF NO. 10 TEE

  • Viktor Hovland (39), Oklahoma State vs. Wyndham Clark (1), Oregon, 8:50 a.m.
  • Kristoffer Ventura (33), Oklahoma State vs. Edwin Yi (121), Oregon, 9 a.m.
  • Zachary Olsen (28), Oklahoma State vs. Norman Xiong (14), Oregon, 9:10 a.m.
  • Zach Bauchou (41), Oklahoma State vs. Ryan Gronlund (114), Oregon, 9:20 a.m.
  • Hayden Wood (62), Oklahoma State vs. Sulman Raza (366), Oregon, 9:30 a.m.

Ringler says: This year seems just right for the Cowboys sitting in the No. 4 position as four times the fourth seed has knocked off the top seed. No team that has won the stroke-play segment of this championship has ever won the title – Oklahoma State knows this well, they have twice been that No. 1 team. However, the Cowboys have to get by Oregon first. Oregon is the defending national champions winning the title last year at home in Eugene, Ore., and this year’s version of Oregon golf is better that last year. Oregon was ranked No. 2 in the spring-only rankings heading into regional play.

This matchup is a little more even than what one may think. Ducks will be the favorite in match Nos. 1 and 3. The two have played in the same event three times this year with Oklahoma State having the edge, 2-1, but even on shots.

According to the rankings, Oklahoma State has the advantage, 3-2.

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