- Pembroke College Cambridge (455 over two matches)
- New College Oxford (445 over two matches)
- King's College Cambridge (535 over three matches)
- St George's College London (405 over two matches)
- Manchester University (400 over two matches)
- Imperial College London (470 over two matches)
- University College London (475 over two matches)
- Bangor University (300 over two matches)
So, what do these raw figures say about the team's chances?
Well, U.C.L. have the highest score of the seven two matchers, but Imperial are only five behind them. However, as James [Gratrex] has pointed out, Imperial may not have been tested against strong teams yet, as both their opponents have been, with all due respect, a little on the mediocre side. (Lest we forget, two years ago, Bristol gave a great second round performance against a mediocre team, causing some to overestimate them).
U.C.L. have earned their points against better teams, as have Manchester and St George's. St George's are perhaps the most underrated team left, IMO. They have twice scored strongly against good teams (one of them King's, who are also in the quarters). They could be dark horses for the quarters.
Pembroke have defeated one good, and one mediocre team to get this far.
New College, on the other hand, have defeated two very good teams on their route here, scoring over 200 on both occasions. That gives them a definite boost in these terms.
Bangor's score may seem a little out compared to the others, but, lest we forget, they defeated the much-fancied Durham, who had been tipped as possible champions after their first match, in the second round.
And King's, well, they have lost one match, but their two victories since have both been over strong teams, which is a sign of a good team.
So, if you want me to choose which teams will reach the semis eventually, I would probably say New College, for reasons stated above, and maybe U.C.L., although not as confidently. As for the others, I have no idea. It's been a tightly fought series, with the teams quite closely grouped together in terms of overall scores.
The quarter-finals begin on Monday with Manchester vs Imperial, followed by U.C.L. vs Bangor the week after.
I'll be back on Sunday with my weekly DoND summary; it's been quite a week so far!