NCAA Championship preview: Breaking down the field at Karsten Creek

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NCAA Championship preview: Breaking down the field at Karsten Creek

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NCAA Championship preview: Breaking down the field at Karsten Creek

STILLWATER, Okla. – This year, 30 teams once again will compete in the 2018 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championship at Karsten Creek. The tournament is hosted by Oklahoma State University.

Eighteen teams are making a return trip from last year’s championship at Rich Harvest Farms. That includes seven of the eight teams that competed in match play. USC is the lone school that did not advance out of regional competition. In fact, for the Trojans it snapped an 11-year streak and what was tied for longest streak of appearances at the finals with Texas.

The Longhorns now hold the longest active streak of NCAA Championship appearances with 12. Illinois is second with 11 straight.

Since the format went to match play in 2009, Texas and Illinois are the only two schools to play in the NCAA finals each time.

There are no first time participants here for this championship. Kansas had the longest drought, not playing in the finals since 2000.

Golfweek/Sagarin Ranking

Ranking      Team
1 Oklahoma State
2 Texas A&M
3 Vanderbilt
4 Oklahoma
5 Alabama
6 Florida
8 Auburn
11 Baylor
12 Illinois
13 Stanford
14 Clemson
15 Texas
16 Texas Tech
17 Arkansas
18 Arizona State
19 UNLV
20 North Carolina
23 North Florida
24 UCLA
26 Kentucky
28 Duke
30 Kent State
35 NC State
36 Oregon
37 Northwestern
39 BYU
40 Kansas
47 Iowa State
53 UCF
100 Augusta

 

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