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UMass Finally Gets Signature Wins In Dominant Easterns Performance
There were plenty of surprises at Warm Up, but UMass wasn’t one of them. They defeated all comers to claim their first tournament win of the year, as well as their best wins of the year (over Minnesota and UNC, among others). Jeff Babbitt was an unstoppable force, guiding the team to breaks on defense and plugging up any offensive holes when they needed him to.
Their 15-9 win over #3 Minnesota shows off the kind of weekend that they had.
Wisconsin Wins Trouble In Vegas
It’s been a while since TiV has been the elite tournament it was a decade ago, but the tournament is still going strong. Stanford Invite winner Wisconsin went undefeated to take home the crown, but did get some tough games from BYU (12-10) and Colorado State (12-9) en route to another crown. Both of those teams look like sleepers for challenging for Nationals bids in the Northwest and South Central, respectively.
UMass moved past Wisconsin to #1 this week after their complete performance at Easterns. They’ve only lost one game in March, to #4 Pittsburgh in the semis of the Stanford Invite, and they played the majority of the game without Jeff Babbitt (concussion).
Georgia flies up the rankings into the top 10 after a strong Easterns showing that could have been even better, save for a flat performance against UMass and a bad collapse late against Harvard. Carleton also moves up after starting to get back in the win column after a dreary Stanford Invite.
This Weekend: Although most of the teams are local, the Northwest Challenge will provide an early preview of a very deep Northwest regionals, with top 25 teams Oregon, UBC, Washington, Western Washington, and BYU competing. Don’t sleep on Victoria, who stomped UBC in the Douglas Bowl earlier this month and sits in the USAU Top 20.
Texas Defends Home Turf in Centex Winds
The upwind-downwind forces at play turned many of Saturday’s best matchups until coin flip games, but it was Texas Melee who emerged from Sundayas the winner of the prestigious Women’s College Centex. Melee weathered the intense conditions and fierce competition, defeating Michigan in a thrilling final that included a completed greatest, 12-11.
The subheader to the weekend would belong to Central Florida, who piled up four losses in the gusty conditions. Their offense struggled with resets and rhythm and they couldn’t find their way out of any of the holes they dug. After a 14-0 start on the west coast, UCF has gone 8-6 in two trips westward.
A month ago, Central Florida was undefeated and crushing all comers. With April on the horizon, UCF has garnered six losses, including four at Centex, and dropped to #11. Has their magic formula been solved?
Texas and Michigan, the Centex finalists, made big moves. UT jumped into the top five, appearing at #4, while Michigan climbed eight slots to #6. California is another big winner at Centex, making semifinals and getting nice Ws, and rose 12 spots to #8.
This Weekend: March Madness concludes with a clashing of titans in Washington state at Northwest Challenge, where the top 3 teams, three other top 10 teams, and a hungry field will do battle, with Ultiworld on hand to provide live coverage. A few regional level tournaments, like Spring Awakening and I-85 Rodeo, round out the weekend slate.