While there was a heartbreaking loss in football yesterday, our water polo team made up for it- somewhat. The men’s water polo team (ranked #2) received the single at-large bid into the NCAA tournament (after a disappointing loss to Cal in the MPSF tournament).
While any time one of our teams reaches a NCAA final it is noteworthy, tomorrow’s water polo game will be especially noteworthy, as we’ll be playing the Trojans. ‘SC has won the last 4, and this will be the 4th time UCLA will face them in the finals.
Californian teams have typically always dominated water polo, winning the last 43 times. It’s no surprise that for the 44th time, a Californian team will win it all again. ‘SC has a slightly better team this year, though it should prove competitive as the gap isn’t very large. It is worth noting, however, that the game will be played at USC.
Tomorrow’s game WILL NOT be broadcasted on tv, but you can still watch the game at the NCAA official website. (Thanks, non-revenue sports!)
You can view the interactive bracket here: http://www.ncaa.com/interactive-bracket/waterpolo-men/nc
(That’s also where you will see the link to watch the game tomorrow at 3:15 pacific time.)
By the way, if you’re wondering, the image for this article is of Adam Wright, who won the silver medal for USA in the 2008 Olympics. He’s also played for UCLA during college and is an excellent hire (thus far).