Gophers Seeded Fourth In Big Ten Tournament
April 22, 2012
The Big Ten Conference announced the seedings and pairings for the 2012 Men’s Tennis Tournament tonight. The Gophers, who finished the season 13-6 overall and 8-3 in the Big Ten, earned the fourth seed.
Ohio State, which went 11-0 in the Big Ten is seeded first, while Michigan (9-2 in the Big Ten) is seeded second and Illinois (8-3 in the Big Ten) is seeded third. Illinois won the tiebreaker with Minnesota for the third seed because the Illini beat the Gophers 4-2 at home earlier this year. The top four seeds in the tournament receive first-round byes and begin play in Friday’s quarterfinals.
Minnesota will play the winner of first-round match between fifth-seeded Indiana and No. 12 seed Iowa at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, April 27. The Gophers won 4-3 on the road at Indiana on April 14 and beat Iowa 6-1 on the road on April 22.
The Gophers advanced to the Big Ten tournament final a year ago where they lost to eventual champion Ohio State.
The tournament is scheduled to begin on Thursday, with first-round matches taking place at 9:30 a.m. at Northwestern’s Vandy Christie Tennis Center. Friday’s quarterfinal matches begin at 9:30 a.m., while Saturday will showcase the tournament semifinals starting at 9:30 a.m. Sunday’s championship match is scheduled for Noon. BTN will air the championship match on Thursday, May 10, at 5 p.m.