NCAA Selection Notes, Appearance Streaks, etc.

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WE'RE #1 ... AGAIN!: Only five teams won 2010 conference regular-season titles (with #1 seed) AND conference tournament titles: Boston University (America East) .., Creighton (Missouri Valley) ... Florida (Southeastern) ... Morehead State (Ohio Valley) ... and North Carolina Greensboro  (Southern).

CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT WINNERS (26): 5 won by #1 seeds ... 12 by #2 seeds ... 6 by #3 seeds ... none by #4 seeds ... 2 by #5 seeds... 1 by a #6 seed.

NOT YOUR TYPICAL #5 SEED: High Point won the Big South Tournament from the #5 seed ... but was part of a five-way tie for regular-season title!

NCAA BIDS BY CONFERENCE: 8-Atlantic Coast (ACC) ... 7-Pacific 10 ... 6-BIG EAST & Big Ten ... 4-Big 12 ... 3-Southeastern (SEC) & West Coast (WCC) ... 2-Big West, Mountain West, Conference USA and Colonial (CAA).

THE NATIONAL TOP-16 SEEDS include six teams from the ACC, plus three BIG EAST and two Big 12 (one each: Pac-10, C-USA, WCC, BigTen & SEC).

NCAA TOURNAMENT TEAM STREAKS – Each of the teams with the 15-longest active NCAA appearance streaks advanced to the national postseason again this season (see list below), halting the trend of disappointment from the past two seasons ...

The previous season (2009) wasn't a good year for teams that featured orange as one of their primary colors, as three different programs – Tennessee (8; 2001-08), Texas (8: '01-'08) and Illinois (6; '03-'08) – saw an end to their NCAA Tournament streaks in 2009 that had extended back six or more years. In addition to Texas, another Big 12 Conference team saw its noteworthy streak come to an end in 2009, as Colorado had appeared in each of the previous six NCAA Tournaments (2003-08). Texas and Illinois have returned to the NCAAs in 2010.

Two years back in 2008, three teams with some of the longest NCAA Tournament appearance streaks in the history of Division I women's soccer – Connecticut (26; 1982-2007), Santa Clara (19; 1989-2007) and Clemson (14; 1994-2007) – had the rare experience of missing the NCAAs, with Clemson (another one of those orange teams) failing to make the NCAA field again in 2009 and '10 (UConn and SCU have been NCAA entrants in '09 and '10).

There are 11 different teams – North Carolina (29), Notre Dame (18), Virginia (17), Texas A&M (16), Penn State (16), Wake Forest (15), UCLA (14), Stanford (13), Florida State (11), Portland (11) and West Virginia (11) – that own acive double-digit NCAA appearance streaks:

Active Streaks of Consecutive NCAA Tournament Appearances 
(D-I women's soccer; as of 2010
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29 – North Carolina  (1982-2010)
18 – Notre Dame  (1993-2010)
17 – Virginia  (1994-2010)

16 – Penn State  (1995-2010)
16 – Texas A&M  (1995-2010)

15 – Wake Forest  (1996-2010)
14 – UCLA  (1997-2010)
13 – Stanford  (1998-2010)

11 – Florida State  (2000-10)
11 – Portland  (2000-10)
11 – West Virginia  (2000-10)          

8 – Boston College  (2003-10)
8 – Duke  (2003-10)
8 – Florida  (2003-10)
7 – California  (2004-10)

Other all-time NCAA Tournament appearance streaks (6-plus)…
26 – Connecticut  (1982-2007)
19 – Santa Clara  (1989-2007)
14 – Clemson  (1994-2007)
13 – William & Mary  (1992-2004)
10 – Nebraska  (1996-2005)

8 – Colorado College  (1984-91)
8 – UMass  (1982-89)
8 – Michigan  (1997-2004)
8 – North Carolina State  (1985-92)

7 – BYU  (1997-2003)
7 – UMass  (1991-97)
7 – William & Mary  (1984-90)

(note: as of 2010, there have been 16 all-time double-digit NCAA appearance streaks)

FAMILIAR FACES – The 2010 NCAA Tournament field includes nine of the 10 programs (all but William & Mary) that have made the most all-time NCAA appearances. The top-20 teams in terms of all-time NCAA appearances include 17 that have qualified for the 2009 NCAAs (all but W&M, UMass and Clemson) ... Virginia now is tied with William & Mary for the third-most all-time NCAA appearances (23):

All-Time NCAA Tournament Appearances (bolded teams are in the 2010 NCAAs)
(Division I women's soccer; as of 2010)
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29 – North Carolina  (1982-2010)
28 – Connecticut  (1982-2007, '09-'10)
23 – Virginia  (1987-92, 1994-2010)
23 – William & Mary  (1984-90, 1992-2004, '06-'08)

21 – Santa Clara  (1989-2007, '09-'10)
20 – Stanford  (1990-96, 1998-2010)

18 – California  (1983-84, '86-'88, '93, 1998-2002, '04-'10)
18 – Notre Dame  (1993-2010)
18 – Portland  (1992-98, 2000-10)

17 – Duke  (1992-97, 1999-2001, '03-'10)
16 – Penn State  (1995-2010)
16 – Texas A&M  (1995-2010)
16 – Wisconsin  (1985-88, '91, '93-'96, '98, 2000, '02, '04, '05, '09-'10)

15 – UCLA  (1995, 1997-2010)
15 – Central Florida  (1982, '84, '87-'88, '91, '98-'99, 2001-04, '07-'10)
15 – Wake Forest  (1996-2010)
15 – UMass  (1982-89, '91-'97)

14 – Boston College  (1982-85, '99, 2001, '03-'10)
14 – Florida  (1996-2001, '03-'10)
14 – Clemson  (1994-2007)

13 – BYU  (1997-2003, '05-'10)
13 – Hartford  (1989-92, '94-'95, 1997-2002, '06)

12 – USC  (1998-2003, '05-'10)
12 – Harvard  (1982-84, '94-'96, 2001-04, '08-'09)
12 – SMU  (1990, '92, '93, '95, '97, '99, 2001-06)

11 – Florida State  (2000-10)
11 – Maryland  (1995-99, 2001-04, '09-'10)
11 – San Diego  (1996, 1999-2004, '07-'10)
11 – Washington (1994-96, '98, 2000-01, '03-'04, '08-'10)
11 – George Mason  (1982-86, '88-'89, '93, '94, '96, '97)
11 – North Carolina State  (1985-92, '94-'96)
bold = teams in the 2010 NCAA Tournament

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