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2021 NCAA baseball tournament bracket, regional matchups: SEC lands nine bids, three of top four overall seeds

2021 NCAA baseball tournament bracket, regional matchups: SEC lands nine bids, three of top four overall seeds

The road to the College World Series in Omaha begins in earnest very soon

            Dayn Perry

By Dayn Perry

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On Monday, the selection committee announced the field of 64 for the 2021 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament, which we'll unveil in a moment.

Before we jump in, you should know that the structure of the NCAA Baseball Tournament is a bit different from the more familiar hoops variant. Here are a few takeaways on that front ...

  • The field this year includes 30 automatic bids via conference championships and 34 at-large entrants. The first round of play is known as the regional, and it's a round-robin, double-elimination format. Each of the 16 No. 1 seeds hosts its respective regional, when possible. Each of the 16 regionals are seeded one through four. In each region, No. 1 faces No. 4, and No. 2 faces No. 3 on the first day of action. The winners of those two games then play each other, while the losers play an elimination game.
  • The winner of each regional advances to the super regional. The super regional is a best-of-three series format.
  • The winners of the super regionals -- eight teams in all -- advance to the College World Series in Omaha.
  • The College World Series is a double-elimination format until the final two teams are left standing. At that point, slates are wiped clean, and it's a best-of-three series to determine the national champion.
  • The field of 64 also includes eight national seeds, which you may consider the pre-tourney favorites to reach Omaha. Here they are for this year, ranked in order with their regular-season record:
  1. Arkansas, 46-10
  2. Texas, 42-15
  3. Tennessee, 45-16
  4. Vanderbilt, 40-15
  5. Arizona, 40-15
  6. TCU, 40-17
  7. Mississippi State, 40-15
  8. Texas Tech, 36-15

If a national seed wins its region, then it hosts the super regional when possible. Otherwise, the sites of the super regionals will be announced after the regional round concludes. 

Regional play gets underway on Friday, June 4. Now here are the matchups for all 16 regionals (each region is seeded one through four).

Austin Regional

  • #1 Texas (42-15) vs. #4 Southern U. (20-28)
  • #2 Arizona State (32-20) vs. #3 Fairfield (37-3)

Columbia Regional

  • #1 Old Dominion (42-14) vs. #4 Jacksonville (16-32)
  • #2 South Carolina (33-21) vs. #3 Virginia (29-23)

Eugene Regional

  • #1 Oregon (37-14) vs. Central Connecticut State (28-13)
  • #2 Gonzaga (33-17) vs. #3 LSU (34-22)

Fayetteville Regional

  • #1 Arkansas (46-10) vs. #4 NJIT (26-22)
  • #2 Nebraska (31-12) vs. #3 Northeastern (36-10)

Fort Worth Regional

  • #1 TCU (40-17) vs. #4 McNeese (32-28)
  • #2 Oregon State (34-22) vs. #3 Dallas Baptist (37-15)

Gainesville Regional

  • #1 Florida (38-20) vs. #4 South Florida (28-27)
  • #2 Miami (Fla.) (32-19) vs. #3 South Alabama (33-20)

Greenville Regional

  • #1 East Carolina (41-15) vs. #4 Norfolk State (25-26)
  • #2 Charlotte (39-19) vs. #3 Maryland (28-16)

Knoxville Regional

  • #1 Tennessee (45-16) vs. #4 Wright State (35-11)
  • #2 Duke (32-20) vs. #3 Liberty (39-14)

Lubbock Regional

  • #1 Texas Tech (36-15) vs. #4 Army (28-23)
  • #2 UCLA (35-18) vs. #3 North Carolina (27-25)

Nashville Regional

  • #1 Vanderbilt (40-15) vs. #4 Presbyterian (22-21)
  • #2 Georgia Tech (29-23) vs. #3 Indiana State (30-19)

Oxford Regional

  • #1 Ole Miss (41-19) vs. #4 Southeast Missouri State (30-20)
  • #2 Southern Miss (37-19) vs. #3 Florida State (30-22)

Ruston Regional

  • #1 Louisiana Tech (40-18) vs. #4 Rider (23-16)
  • #2 NC State (30-17) vs. #3 Alabama (31-24)

South Bend Regional

  • #1 Notre Dame (30-11) vs. #4 Central Michigan (40-16)
  • #2 UConn (33-17) vs. #3 Michigan (27-17)

Stanford Regional

  • #1 Stanford (33-14) vs. #4 North Dakota State (41-17)
  • #2 UC Irvine (40-16) vs. #3 Nevada (25-18)

Starkville Regional

  • #1 Mississippi State (40-15) vs. #4 Samford (35-22)
  • #2 VCU (37-14) vs. #3 Campbell (35-16)

Tucson Regional

  • #1 Arizona (40-15) vs. #4 Grand Canyon (39-19-1)
  • #2 Oklahoma State (35-17-1) vs. #3 UC Santa Barbara (39-18)

And here's a link to NCAA.com's bracket, which includes region vs. region pairings for the super regionals. 

Finally, here's a rundown of the conferences that received multiple bids for 2021 (via NCAA.com) ... 

Bids by conference
Southeastern9 (Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, LSU, Mississippi St., Ole Miss, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vanderbilt)
Atlantic Coast8 (Duke, Florida St., Georgia Tech, Miami-FL, NC State, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Virginia)
Pac-126 (Arizona, Arizona St., Oregon, Oregon St., Stanford, UCLA)
Big 124 (Oklahoma St., TCU, Texas, Texas Tech)
Conference USA4 (Charlotte, Louisiana Tech, Old Dominion, Southern Miss.)
Big Ten3 (Maryland, Michigan, Nebraska)
American Athletic2 (East Carolina, South Fla.)
Atlantic Sun2 (Jacksonville, Liberty)
Big South2 (Campbell, Presbyterian)
Big West2 (UC Irvine, UC Santa Barbara)
Metro Atlantic2 (Fairfield, Rider)
Missouri Valley2 (Dallas Baptist, Indiana St.)

The Ivy League opted not to play the 2021 season on account of the COVID-19 pandemic, which means no conference representative in the field of 64. As well, the Big Ten played a conference-only schedule this season, which made it quite difficult for the selection committee to evaluate the at-large bid cases for Big Ten teams. Bubble team Indiana missed out on a bid. Speaking of bubble teams, a rule of thumb is that any power conference team that's a third seed in a region was probably on the bubble to some extent.

As you can see, the SEC lords over all. It fetched nine bids and three of the top four overall seeds. In all seven of the 16 regionals this year are being hosted by SEC schools. To put a finer point on it, Alabama and LSU nabbed at-large berths despite going 12-17 and 13-17, respectively, in conference play. To the extent that there's any such thing as a "heavy favorite" heading into the many-layered tourney, mighty Arkansas is it.

Again, regional action gets underway on Friday, and it all leads up to the College World Series in Omaha, which starts on Saturday, June 19. 

So, who ya got?

Sours: https://www.cbssports.com/mlb/news/2021-ncaa-baseball-tournament-bracket-regional-matchups-sec-lands-nine-bids-three-of-top-four-overall-seeds/
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    Baseball America

    Austin
    1. Texas (3)
    2. Florida
    3. Tulane
    4. Oral Roberts

    Oxford
    1. Ole Miss (14)
    2. Southern Miss
    3. Georgia Tech
    4. UCONN

    https://www.baseballamerica.com/stories/2021-ncaa-baseball-tournament-projected-field-of-64-42821/


    D1 Baseball

    Austin
    1. Texas (8)
    2. La Tech
    3. Dallas Baptist
    4. New Orleans

    Tucson
    1. Arizona (9)
    2. Oklahoma St
    3. UC Santa Barbara
    4. Grand Canyon

    https://d1baseball.com/analysis/d1baseball-projected-field-of-64-april-27/

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    D1 Baseball (May 4)

    Austin
    1. Texas (8)
    2. Michigan
    3. Miami
    4. Stony Brook

    Lubbock
    1. Texas Tech (9)
    2. Arizona State
    3. Iowa
    4. Northeastern

    https://d1baseball.com/postseason/projected-field-of-64-may-4/

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    D1 Baseball (May 11)

    Austin
    1. Texas (3)
    2. Michigan
    3. Miami
    4. Bryant

    Ruston
    1. Louisiana Tech (14)
    2. Ole Miss
    3. Tulane
    4. New Orleans

    https://d1baseball.com/projections/projected-field-of-64-may-11/


    Baseball America (May 12)

    Austin
    1. Texas (5)
    2. Oregon State
    3. Alabama
    4. Bryant

    Gainesville
    1. Florida (12)
    2. Florida State
    3. Oklahoma State
    4. Florida A&M

    https://www.baseballamerica.com/stories/2021-ncaa-baseball-tournament-projected-field-of-64-51221/

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    D1 Baseball (May 18)

    Austin
    1. Texas (3)
    2. UCLA
    3. Tulane
    4. Bryant

    Stanford
    1. Stanford (14)
    2. UC Irvine
    3. Nevada
    4. Lehigh

    Overall Seeds: TCU (7), Texas Tech (9)

    https://d1baseball.com/postseason/projected-field-of-64-may-18/


    Baseball America (May 19)

    Austin
    1. Texas (3)
    2. UCLA
    3. LSU
    4 Lehigh

    Gainesville
    1. Florida (14)
    2. Florida State
    3. Iowa
    4. South Alabama

    Overall Seeds: TCU (5), Texas Tech (10)

    https://www.baseballamerica.com/stories/2021-ncaa-baseball-tournament-projected-field-of-64-51921/?amphtml

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    D1 Baseball (May 24)

    Top 8 National Seeds
    1. Arkansas
    2. Vanderbilt
    3. Texas
    4. Arizona
    5. Tennessee
    6. Notre Dame
    7. Mississippi State
    8. Texas Tech
    *TCU (11)

    Austin
    1. Texas (3)
    2. UCLA
    3. Liberty
    4. Stony Brook

    Gainesville
    1. Florida (14)
    2. Miami
    3. Fairfield
    4. South Alabama

    https://d1baseball.com/projections/field-of-64-projections-monday-may-24/


    Baseball America (May 25)

    Top 8 National Seeds
    1. Arkansas
    2. Texas
    3. Vanderbilt
    4. Arizona
    5. Notre Dame
    6. Mississippi State
    7. Tennessee
    8. Texas Tech
    *TCU (10)

    Austin
    1. Texas (2)
    2. UCLA
    3. Duke
    4. Norfolk State

    Gainesville
    1. Florida (15)
    2. Florida State
    3. Indiana
    4. Northeastern

    https://www.baseballamerica.com/stories/2021-ncaa-baseball-tournament-final-projected-field-of-64/

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    D1 Baseball (May 28)

    National Seeds
    1. Arkansas
    2. Vanderbilt
    3. Texas
    4. Arizona
    5. Tennessee
    6. Notre Dame
    7. Texas Tech
    8. Mississippi State
    *TCU (10)

    Austin
    1. Texas (3)
    2. Charlotte
    3. LSU
    4. Army

    Greenville
    1. East Carolina (14)
    2. Old Dominion
    3. Duke
    4. Campbell

    https://d1baseball.com/postseason/projected-field-of-64-may-28/


    Baseball America (May 28)

    National Seeds
    1. Arkansas
    2. Vanderbilt
    3. Texas
    4. Arizona
    5. Tennessee
    6. TCU
    7. Notre Dame
    8. Mississippi State
    *Texas Tech (9)

    Austin
    1. Texas (3)
    2. Arizona State
    3. Alabama
    4. McNeese State

    Columbia, S.C.
    1. Old Dominion (14)
    2. South Carolina
    3. Virginia
    4. UNC Wilmington

    https://www.baseballamerica.com/stories/2021-ncaa-baseball-tournament-final-projected-field-of-64/?amphtml

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    Baseball America (May 30)

    National Seeds
    1. Arkansas
    2. Vanderbilt
    3. Tennessee
    4. Texas
    5. TCU
    6. Arizona
    7. Notre Dame
    8. Mississippi State
    *Texas Tech (10)
    * Florida (14)

    Austin
    1. Texas (4)
    2. VCU
    3. Alabama
    4. McNeese State

    Greenville, N.C.
    1. East Carolina (13)
    2. North Carolina State
    3. Liberty
    4. Norfolk State

    https://www.baseballamerica.com/stories/2021-ncaa-baseball-tournament-final-projected-field-of-64/?amphtml

  • Discussion
  • Posted on Apr 28th, 3:47 PM, , User Since 82 months ago, User Post Count: 2812

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    The 3 seed draw would be 10x more brutal than the 8 seed draw

  • Posted on Apr 28th, 5:35 PM, , User Since 82 months ago, User Post Count: 9138

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    I don't think there's any way Florida ends up as the 2 in our regional. Geographically it doesn't make sense, and they very well could play themselves into a top 16 seed.

  • Posted on May 15th, 5:50 PM, , User Since 82 months ago, User Post Count: 9138

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    May be some movement this upcoming week with Mississippi State losing 2 out of 3 vs Missouri. Also, Tennessee with a chance to take over 1st place in the SEC if they can beat Arkansas tomorrow to take the series. Game 1 Arkansas won 6-5, game 2 Tennessee won 8-7 on a walk off 3 run HR. Rocky Top with a full capacity crowd and my was that place rockin.

  • Posted on May 16th, 6:53 PM, , User Since 82 months ago, User Post Count: 9138

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    Arkansas beats Tennessee 3-2 to win the series and hold on to 1st place in the SEC. Three 1 run games, what a series!

    Ole Miss takes down Vandy 13-10 to win a much needed series and rebound, just one week after losing their series to aggie and losing their ace to TJ surgery.

  • Posted on May 23rd, 9:06 AM, , User Since 82 months ago, User Post Count: 9138

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    For those of you interested who haven't seen the latest projections.

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    Posted on May 23rd, 9:25 AM, , User Since 189 months ago, User Post Count: 2742

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    I apologize, but where did you put the new projections?

  • Posted on May 23rd, 10:59 AM, , User Since 82 months ago, User Post Count: 9138

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    I added them in the OP. It'll be the bottom two (from May 18 & 19). I also added the seeds for TCU & Tech.

  • Posted on May 23rd, 1:54 PM, , User Since 22 months ago, User Post Count: 612

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    Texas, UCLA and LSU in the same regional is insane! Buckle up and represent those of you lucky enough to attend..

  • Posted on May 23rd, 3:31 PM, , User Since 82 months ago, User Post Count: 9138

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    Devo3008 said... (original post) Texas, UCLA and LSU in the same regional is insane! Buckle up and represent those of you lucky enough to attend..


    That would be crazy. Big brands. Then a possible Super vs Florida. Talk about big time college baseball at The Disch.

  • Posted on May 25th, 6:34 PM, , User Since 82 months ago, User Post Count: 9138

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    D1 Baseball (May 24)

    Top 8 National Seeds
    1. Arkansas
    2. Vanderbilt
    3. Texas
    4. Arizona
    5. Tennessee
    6. Notre Dame
    7. Mississippi State
    8. Texas Tech
    *TCU (11)

    Austin
    1. Texas (3)
    2. UCLA
    3. Liberty
    4. Stony Brook

    Gainesville
    1. Florida (14)
    2. Miami
    3. Fairfield
    4. South Alabama

    https://d1baseball.com/projections/field-of-64-projections-monday-may-24/


    Baseball America (May 25)

    Top 8 National Seeds
    1. Arkansas
    2. Texas
    3. Vanderbilt
    4. Arizona
    5. Notre Dame
    6. Mississippi State
    7. Tennessee
    8. Texas Tech
    *TCU (10)

    Austin
    1. Texas (2)
    2. UCLA
    3. Duke
    4. Norfolk State

    Gainesville
    1. Florida (15)
    2. Florida State
    3. Indiana
    4. Northeastern

    https://www.baseballamerica.com/stories/2021-ncaa-baseball-tournament-final-projected-field-of-64/

  • Posted on May 25th, 7:03 PM, , User Since 82 months ago, User Post Count: 9138

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    I know I wouldn't mind a possible Texas vs Florida Super at The Disch. Big time college baseball.

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    Posted on May 25th, 7:12 PM, , User Since 46 months ago, User Post Count: 8256

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    Looks like we can probably count on UCLA and Florida being apart of our regional and super. How's UCLA done/looked this year?

  • Posted on May 25th, 8:05 PM, , User Since 76 months ago, User Post Count: 3004

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    UCLA: 32-18 overall 15-12 in conference

  • Posted on May 25th, 8:06 PM, , User Since 76 months ago, User Post Count: 3004

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    Florida is probably going to host in my opinion. So I guess super regional which scares me

  • Posted on May 25th, 8:24 PM, , User Since 82 months ago, User Post Count: 9138

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    Nah, don't be scared. Embrace the possibility. Relish the opportunity to play at home vs a big opponent, on the big stage, on national TV with a chance to prove how good you are.

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    Posted on May 25th, 8:36 PM, , User Since 46 months ago, User Post Count: 8256

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    Thanks!

  • Posted on May 25th, 8:40 PM, , User Since 82 months ago, User Post Count: 9138

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    Some quick numbers on UCLA. For comparisons sake I added Texas as well.

    UCLA - Texas

    BA .286 - .285
    OPS .831 - .856
    HR 50 - 58

    ERA 3.86 - 2.93
    SO 468 - 440
    IP 445 - 470.1
    FLD% .978 - .980

    They also took 2 out of 3 from Arizona (projected #4 national seed) back in March.

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    Posted on May 25th, 8:43 PM, , User Since 46 months ago, User Post Count: 8256

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    SU2014 said... (original post) Some quick numbers on UCLA. For comparisons sake I added Texas as well.UCLA - TexasBA .286 - .285OPS .831 - .856HR 50 - 58ERA 3.86 - 2.93SO 468 - 44...


    Thanks! Seems like a well matched team.

  • Posted on May 27th, 8:12 PM, , User Since 82 months ago, User Post Count: 9138

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    UCLA is currently playing Arizona St on ESPN2

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    Thanks!

  • Posted on May 29th, 11:46 AM, , User Since 82 months ago, User Post Count: 9138

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    D1 Baseball (May 28)

    National Seeds
    1. Arkansas
    2. Vanderbilt
    3. Texas
    4. Arizona
    5. Tennessee
    6. Notre Dame
    7. Texas Tech
    8. Mississippi State
    *TCU (10)

    Austin
    1. Texas (3)
    2. Charlotte
    3. LSU
    4. Army

    Greenville
    1. East Carolina (14)
    2. Old Dominion
    3. Duke
    4. Campbell

    https://d1baseball.com/postseason/projected-field-of-64-may-28/


    Baseball America (May 28)

    National Seeds
    1. Arkansas
    2. Vanderbilt
    3. Texas
    4. Arizona
    5. Tennessee
    6. TCU
    7. Notre Dame
    8. Mississippi State
    *Texas Tech (9)

    Austin
    1. Texas (3)
    2. Arizona State
    3. Alabama
    4. McNeese State

    Columbia, S.C.
    1. Old Dominion (14)
    2. South Carolina
    3. Virginia
    4. UNC Wilmington

    https://www.baseballamerica.com/stories/2021-ncaa-baseball-tournament-final-projected-field-of-64/?amphtml

    This post was edited by SU2014 5 months ago

  • Posted on May 29th, 11:50 AM, , User Since 82 months ago, User Post Count: 9138

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    Both sites have had us matched up vs the Gainesville regional the last couple projections, but Florida has moved up to #13 on both sites. I suspect that to only climb if they have continued success in the SEC tournament, and who knows, if they win the tournament they might sneak into a position to snatch a national seed.

  • Posted on May 29th, 11:54 AM, , User Since 99 months ago, User Post Count: 2387

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    SU2014 said... (original post) D1 Baseball (May 28)National Seeds1. Arkansas 2. Vanderbilt 3. Texas4. Arizona 5. Tennessee 6. Notre Dame 7. Texas Tech 8. Mississippi State *TCU (1...

    May just be the best possible outcome.

  • Posted on May 29th, 12:13 PM, , User Since 46 months ago, User Post Count: 101

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    Stupid question, why would ODU be forced to play at the #2 seed’s home park? Is there not a stadium big enough in the Norfolk area?

  • Posted on May 29th, 12:17 PM, , User Since 82 months ago, User Post Count: 9138

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    Probably increases your odds of winning the Super. But the possibly of having to beat South Carolina 5 times this year will be a tough task.

    The possibility of playing Florida in a Super had me really excited though. It was really growing on me and I was starting to look forward to the challenge a series like that would bring to the table. A historic program vs a program that has really become a national baseball brand the last 10 years or so, and playing good baseball as of late.

    This post was edited by SU2014 5 months ago

Sours: https://247sports.com/college/texas/board/21/Contents/updated-may-29-final-ncaa-baseball-tournament-projections-164776132/
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Michigan Baseball: Updated projections for NCAA Tournament

In the latest and final projections for the NCAA baseball tournament, Michigan baseball is still solidly in the field of 64. 

With one weekend and three games remaining, Michigan baseball looks like a very solid bet to make the NCAA baseball tournament, regardless of what happens this weekend.

The Wolverines close the season in a three-game set against Nebraska, which clinched the Big Ten championship last weekend after U-M dropped two of three games at home to Maryland.

Since the Big Ten opted not to hold a conference tournament this season, Nebraska will get the automatic berth, and Michigan baseball will need to get an at-large berth.

Latest NCAA tournament projections for Michigan baseball

According to D1baseball.com, Michigan baseball should make the field as a No. 2 seed. There are teams seeded 1-16 overall in the tournament and each is awarded a No. 1 seed and the right to host a first-round regional.

The opening regional tournaments are double-elimination and have four teams. The Wolverines keep being projected into Notre Dame’s region, and if that were the case, the Irish would be the top seed in the Wolverines four-team bracket.

Baseball of America also has Michigan projected as a No. 2 seed in the Notre Dame region. Michigan does have a chance to improve its resume at Nebraska, which it could do by winning that series, but it’s unlikely that will drastically change the seed for Erik Bakich and company.

Just like in softball, it looks like the Big Ten won’t host any regional tournaments as Nebraska is currently being projected as a No. 2 seed in the latest brackets too.

The Big Ten appears to be hurt a little by the fact that the league played a conference-only schedule. Plus, the SEC and other southern conferences tend to dominate college baseball anyway.

The good news for U-M is that unless something unforeseen happens, it should be playing in the NCAA tournament.

Sours: https://gbmwolverine.com/2021/05/25/michigan-baseball-final-projections-wolverines-ncaa-tournament/
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Notre Dame Baseball: Latest 2021 NCAA Tournament projections

In their final projections over at D1Baseball.com, Notre Dame Baseball will in fact make the NCAA Tournament, but where do they land in the field of 64?

The 2021 Notre Dame Baseball team has been one of the better squads in the country all season long, navigating a tough ACC schedule along the way. Widely considered one of the better conferences in all of college baseball, the ACC has been owned by the Irish, who went into the ACC Tournament as the No. 1 seed.

Looking back, the Irish have just played consistent baseball all season long, and that has led to them being a top-10 team in the rankings on a weekly basis. With a tremendous blend of excellent pitching, power hitting, and timely at-bats, this is a team that has been put together in a way that helped Link Jarrett win the ACC’s Coach of the Year honors.

With the NCAA Tournament a few weeks away, D1Baseball.com made their final projections for the field of 64, and the Irish were certainly included.

Notre Dame Baseball to host the South Bend Region

In fact, Notre Dame Baseball is going to host a regional according to the website, locking down as the No. 1 team in the South Bend Region. Also included in this region is some tough competition, including Michigan from the Big Ten, LSU from the SEC, and Central Michigan.

Notre Dame has navigated a tough slate all season long and should come out of this region on top. The power-hitting of Niko Kavadas has been something to see, and John Bertrand is one of the better starting pitchers in the country.

As a whole, the lineup has three men hitting over .300, and defensively, the Irish have committed only 21 errors, an extraordinary statistic in its own right.

Overall, it has been a wonderfully surprising season for the Irish, who have a lot of steam heading into the ACC Tournament this week. Even if they do not take the tournament crown, they are still going to be dancing, and possibly doing so in front of their home fans.

Sours: https://slapthesign.com/2021/05/26/notre-dame-baseball-latest-2021-ncaa-tournament-projections/

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2021 NCAA Baseball Tournament Final Projected Field Of 64

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Championship week is upon us. Conference tournaments are being played across the country and by the end of Sunday, all that will be left to do is wait for the selection committee’s decisions.

In the meantime, we’ll be updating our Projected Field of 64 daily throughout the week.

RELATED:Analyzing 9 teams in play for the final at-large bids

In our final update, we now know the 16 host sites, as the NCAA announced them Sunday evening. However, if you've been following these projections all week, there were no surprises on the host sites.

The race for the final spots in the top eight is tight. Mississippi State, Notre Dame, Stanford and Texas Tech are all very close. Mississippi State and Notre Dame get the nod for the final two spots here—Notre Dame for its ACC regular-season championship and 16 wins away from home, the most of any of the four teams, and Mississippi State for its third-place finish in the SEC.

This projection includes the unusual arrangement of South Carolina hosting a regional as a No. 2 seed, with Old Dominion as the No. 1 seed. ODU did not bid to host and therefore is not on the shortlist of 20 teams that the selection committee can pick from to host regionals. But the Monarchs rank No. 13 in RPI (the best of any Conference USA team), are 20-6 away from home, 14-6 against top-50 RPI teams and 21-11 against top-100 RPI teams. Those metrics all stack up favorably when compared to any other potential No. 1 seed.

A traveling No. 1 seed would be unconventional in the modern version of the NCAA Tournament. The selection committee has not sent a top seed on the road since 2010 when Florida State was the No. 1 seed in the Norwich Regional, hosted by Connecticut. It previously was a more common part of the NCAA Tournament, but as more schools have invested more money in their facilities, more schools have met the hosting requirements.

The race for the final few spots in the NCAA Tournament is also tight. There are more than half a dozen teams that have strong claims for the last three at-large bids. In the end, Alabama, Fairfield and Louisiana State are given the nod here. Fairfield is an extreme outlier having only played a conference schedule (which it dominated) and it's anyone's guess how the committee will evaluate it, but with the No. 2 RPI, flawed as that metric may be, the guess here is the Stags are in. Alabama and LSU both rank in the top 35 of RPI and the top five of strength of schedule. Those two numbers may carry the day.

But Ball State, Georgia, Long Beach State, Louisville and Michigan, among others, all have strong cases and the selection committee will have its work cut out for it.

Fayetteville, Ark.
Ruston, La.
1. (1) Arkansas^*#1. (16) Louisiana Tech^
2. Maryland2. Oklahoma State
3. Northeastern*#3. Louisiana State
4. Jacksonville*#4. South Alabama*
NashvilleEugene, Ore.
1. (2) Vanderbilt^1. (15) Oregon^
2. Virginia Commonwealth*#2. Gonzaga*#
3. Wright State*#3. UC Santa Barbara
4. New Jersey Tech*#4. Rider*#
Knoxville, Tenn.Gainesville, Fla.
1. (3) Tennessee^1. (14) Florida^
2. Charlotte2. Florida State
3. Campbell3. Arizona State
4. Southeast Missouri State*#4. South Florida*#
Fort Worth, TexasGreenville, N.C.
1. (4) Texas Christian^*#🔺1. (13) East Carolina^
2. Miami2. Duke*#
3. Dallas Baptist*#3. Liberty
4. Central Connecticut State*#4. Norfolk State*#
AustinOxford, Miss.
1. (5) Texas^🔻1. (12) Mississippi^🔻
2. Nebraska*#2. Southern Mississippi
3. Alabama3. Virginia
4. McNeese State*#4. Samford*#
Tucson, Ariz.Columbia, S.C.
1. (6) Arizona^*#1. (11) Old Dominion*#🔺
2. North Carolina State2. South Carolina^
3. Fairfield3. North Carolina
4. Grand Canyon*#4. Presbyterian*#
South Bend, Ind.Lubbock, Texas
1. (7) Notre Dame^1. (10) Texas Tech^
2. Connecticut*#2. UCLA
3. Indiana State3. Pittsburgh
4. Central Michigan*#4. Army*#
Starkville, Miss.Stanford, Calif.
1. (8) Mississippi State^1. (9) Stanford^
2. Georgia Tech2. UC Irvine*#
3. Oregon State3. Nevada*#
4. Southern*#4. North Dakota State*#

^ Denotes host school
* Denotes automatic qualifier
# Denotes automatic bid
Bold denotes new team to field

Last Four In


Alabama 
Louisiana State 
Fairfield
Campbell

First Four Out

Georgia 
Louisville 
Ball State
Michigan

Next Four Out

Long Beach State
San Diego 
Florida Atlantic 
Kansas State


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Selection Monday is less than two weeks away. For most teams, this weekend marks the end of the regular season. For others, conference tournaments have either already begun. For every team in the nation, however, there isn’t much time left. Soon, their resumes will be complete, awaiting evaluation from the selection committee.

The selection committee last week announced its shortlist of the 20 potential hosts for regionals. That list is as follows: Arizona, Arkansas, Charlotte, East Carolina, Florida, Gonzaga, Louisiana Tech, Mississippi, Mississippi State, Notre Dame, Oregon, Pittsburgh, South Carolina, Southern Mississippi, Stanford, Tennessee, Texas, Texas Christian, Texas Tech and Vanderbilt.

The list of potential hosts will be cut to the final 16 on the eve of Selection Monday. Already, however, probably 12 teams can feel secure in their hosting chances: Arizona, Arkansas, ECU, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Notre Dame, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, TCU, Texas Tech and Vanderbilt. That leaves eight teams fighting for four spots. For those teams, much is riding on the next two weeks.

This week there are two changes to the projected hosts, as Gonzaga and Ole Miss move in and Pitt and Stanford move out. Ole Miss likely secured a home regional with a series win last weekend against Vanderbilt, improving to 36-16, 16-11 and a top-15 RPI. Gonzaga, meanwhile, was a surprise to see included on the shortlist of hosts but that surprise had as much to do with the Zags having been out of action due to Covid-19 issues for two weeks before the announcement as anything that was wrong with their resume. Following last weekend’s road sweep of Portland, Gonzaga is 30-14, in control of the West Coast Conference, has a top-20 RPI and owns a series win at TCU. It needs a solid finish, but it’s all there for the Zags.

Pitt, meanwhile, is likely done as a host – or at least hosting as a No. 1 seed – after getting swept at home by North Carolina State. Its resume now looks little different than any of the other ACC schools the selection committee declined to include on the shortlist. Stanford still has a chance, but it needs a series win this weekend at Oregon to really stay in the hunt.

The next two weeks are also crucial for teams fighting to earn at-large bids. The bubble remains soft this year, leaving open the possibility of various teams making a run down the final stretch.

In this week’s field, Louisiana State returns for the first time in weeks. The Tigers (32-20, 11-16) are emblematic of the bubble’s softness. Unless they sweep Texas A&M on the road this weekend, their SEC record is going to be subpar for a typical tournament team. But this year, their projected 13-17 conference mark, combined with a top-25 RPI, a winning record away from Baton Rouge and a schedule that ranks as the second strongest in the country should be enough to put them in the field. They are by no means safely in yet, however.

While LSU rises, a few teams that have been safely in the field in recent weeks have fallen to the bubble. Indiana State has fallen off its early pace and can afford no more slip ups over the final two weeks. Alabama (29-19, 12-14) and Georgia (29-21, 12-15) are in similar positions as LSU but with harder final series – Alabama vs. Mississippi State, Georgia vs. Ole Miss – and worse RPIs. Virginia Tech (27-20, 16-17) has slid the furthest. The Hokies have won just two ACC games since April 12 and now welcomes conference champion Notre Dame to Blacksburg for a crucial series.

There are sure to be many more twists and turns on the way to Selection Monday. Baseball America will continue to update the projected field weekly throughout the spring.

Fayetteville, Ark.
Spokane, Wash.
1. (1) Arkansas^*1. (16) Gonzaga^*
2. Oklahoma State2. Oregon State
3. Fairfield*3. Louisville
4. North Carolina Central*4. Northeastern*
NashvilleRuston, La.
1. (2) Vanderbilt^1. (15) Louisiana Tech^
2. Pittsburgh2. Stanford
3. Air Force3. Tulane
4. Southeast Missouri State*4. Connecticut*
AustinGainesville, Fla.
1. (3) Texas^1. (14) Florida^
2. UCLA2. Florida State
3. Louisiana State3. Iowa
4. Lehigh*4. South Alabama*
Tucson, Ariz.Gastonia, N.C.
1. (4) Arizona^*1. (13) Charlotte^*
2. Nebraska2. South Carolina
3. Clemson3. Liberty*
4. Grand Canyon*4. Virginia Commonwealth*
Fort Worth, TexasOxford, Miss.
1. (5) Texas Christian^*1. (12) Mississippi^
2. North Carolina State2. Southern Mississippi
3. Dallas Baptist*3. Arizona State
4. Oral Roberts*4. Bryant*
South Bend, Ind.Greenville, N.C.
1. (6) Notre Dame^*1. (11) East Carolina^*
2. Indiana2. Old Dominion
3. Indiana State3. North Carolina
4. Wright State*4. Campbell*
Knoxville, Tenn.Lubbock, Texas
1. (7) Tennessee^1. (10) Texas Tech^
2. Miami2. Michigan*
3. Ball State*3. Virginia
4. Wofford*4. Abilene Christian*
Starkville, Miss.Eugene, Ore.
1. (8) Mississippi State^1. (9) Oregon^
2. Georgia Tech2. UC Irvine
3. Baylor3. Nevada*
4. Jackson State*4. Stony Brook*

^ Denotes host school
* Denotes automatic qualifier

Last Four In


Clemson
Louisiana State
Indiana State
Virginia

First Four Out

Maryland
Alabama
Georgia
UC Santa Barbara

Next Four Out

Virginia Tech
Florida Atlantic
South Carolina-Upstate
Wichita State

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