College Cup final: Georgetown vs. Indiana

When the NCAA tournament commenced 24 days ago, Georgetown was a high seed with no national presence. Indiana was the last seed (No. 16) in the 48-team event with a crowded trophy case.

Few, if anyone, thought these universities would meet in Sunday’s championship match, a 2 p.m. ET kickoff at Regions Park in Hoover, Ala.

Indiana has history on its side. Aside from the Hoosiers’ seven titles, the finalist with a pedigree has always prevailed in the final in recent years: North Carolina over Charlotte last year, Akron over Louisville in 2010, Wake Forest over Ohio State in 2007 and Maryland over New Mexico in ’05.

Can the Hoyas pull it off? Sure. But they’ll have much more difficulty navigating Indiana’s resistance (18 goals conceded in 23 matches) than Maryland’s porous defense in Friday’s semifinal. Conversely, the Hoosiers’ attack isn’t as menacing as Maryland’s.

Judging from Saturday’s news conferences, Georgetown is the far looser side, cracking self-deprecating jokes, exchanging light-hearted jabs with Coach Brian Wiese and giving off the impression this is just another game during a wondrous season. Indiana Coach Todd Yeagley, son of legendary boss Jerry Yeagley, was serious, focused, almost robotic.

The programs have met only once in their history: a 2-2 draw in an early 2003 match played at UConn.

For your pregame reading enjoyment, here is my profile of Hoyas junior forward Steve Neumann, an undersized recruit from the Philadelphia area who has blossomed into one of the nation’s premier attackers.

TV: ESPNU.

Announcers: Glenn Davis, Taylor Twellman.

Weather: 70 degrees, cloudy.

 Your pregame, in-game and postgame thoughts are welcome in our comments section.

Steven Goff is The Post’s soccer writer. His beats include D.C. United, MLS and the international game, as well as local college basketball.

sports

soccer-insider

Success! Check your inbox for details. You might also like:

Please enter a valid email address

See all newsletters

Comments
Show Comments
Next Story
Steven Goff · December 8, 2012

To keep reading, please enter your email address.

You’ll also receive from The Washington Post:
  • A free 6-week digital subscription
  • Our daily newsletter in your inbox

Please enter a valid email address

I have read and agree to the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.

Please indicate agreement.

Thank you.

Check your inbox. We’ve sent an email explaining how to set up an account and activate your free digital subscription.