D-I College Championships 2021: Reseeding the Quarterfinal Qualifiers (Men’s)

What does the performance so far of the elite eight tell us about their outlook moving forward?

Alex Davis and North Carolina have backed up their top seed through two days in Norco. Photo: Paul Rutherford -- UltiPhotos.com
Alex Davis and North Carolina have backed up their top seed through two days in Norco. Photo: Paul Rutherford — UltiPhotos.com

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With only eight teams remaining in the bracket and a few of the top teams out due to poor performance or COVID-19 outbreaks, it feels like a good time to assess how the elite eight stack up. No.11 seed Georgia upset the balance of power by winning Pool B and Michigan was a second double-digit seed to earn their way into the quarterfinals. While not many, upsets elsewhere have provided a fun shakeup to the whole division.

Based on the results we have seen so far in Norco, here is how we would reseed these teams going into the quarterfinals if given the chance.

1. North Carolina Darkside

No reason to move Darkside from their no.1 seed so far. North Carolina’s closest margin of victory in pool play was 15-10, which happened twice, against Michigan and Texas. Both of those teams made quarters, proving that Pool A was one of the toughest pools to compete in. If UNC wanted to, they could throw out an entire line of club champions. This team is talented, deep, and having a ton of fun — that is a dangerous combination for opponents. The biggest question remaining is how they will respond when (if?) they are truly tested. Darkside faces a tougher road to the final than they likely anticipated at the start of the weekend, with no.2 overall seed Colorado Mamabird lined up in quarters and a potential 2019 championship rematch with Brownian Motion standing in the way of a slot in Monday’s action.

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  1. Chris McGlynn

    Chris has been playing ultimate for close to a decade starting in Westfield, NJ. He played throughout college with Syracuse Scooby Doom before graduating in 2018. In his free time, Chris runs The Ultimate Podcast, interviewing athletes about their experiences with ultimate. You can reach him by email ([email protected]) or on Twitter (@theultimatecast).

  2. Eddie Scott
    Eddie Scott

    Eddie Scott began his career captaining Lower Merion High School and Philadelphia’s YCC team, Forge three times. He would later go on to captain UMass Zoodisc and play for Amherst Sprout. He was also a youth ultimate coordinator and camp counselor in both the Philadelphia and Amherst areas.

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