Huskers Take Top Seed in NCAA Championship Field
The Nebraska bowling team has been selected to its 15th-straight NCAA Championship, earning the top seed in a field of eight teams as the NCAA announced the participants on Wednesday. The 2018 National Collegiate Bowling Championship will take place April 12-14 at Tropicana Lanes in St. Louis, Mo. The last time the Huskers visited Tropicana Lanes was in 2015 when they won the National Championship.
The Cornhuskers will enter the championship with wins in six of their nine tournaments this season, along with two second-place finishes.
McKendree, Arkansas State, Vanderbilt, Sam Houston State and North Carolina A&T are set to join the Huskers in St. Louis. The tournament has a new structure this year in which Texas Southern will play Lincoln Memorial for the seventh seed and Bowie State will play Saint Francis (Pa.) for the eighth seed on April 6th.
Nebraska is the only program in the nation to have qualified for the NCAA Championship in each of the 15 years that bowling has been an NCAA-sanctioned sport.
Competition begins at Tropicana Lanes on Thursday, April 12th with Nebraska set to play the eighth seed.
The format of the 2018 championship bracket is double elimination style with each round consisting of a best-of-three match that includes the use of three team game formats- baker total pinfall, five-person team match, and a best-of-seven baker match play.
“Beyond the high level of talent and success, this ten-person wonderful group is our most cohesive team ever,” says Head-Coach Bill Straub. “Spectators have told us that even though only five compete at the same time, team actions, reactions, and interactions, make it impossible to differentiate the participants from the substitutes.”
The championship match will air live on ESPNU at 4:30 p.m. (CT) on April 14. Qualifying rounds will be streamed live on NCAA.com.
Nebraska has won NCAA championships in 2004, 2005, 2009, 2013 and 2015, and the Huskers have reached the championship match in each of the last five seasons.