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NCAA Baseball Bracketology: Final Edition

The regular season is in the books, now the fun begins

Zachary Turner Has Led The Dons To The Final Spot In My Field Of 64
Zachary Turner Has Led The Dons To The Final Spot In My Field Of 64
credit: The Examiner

Below are my projections for the 64 team NCAA Baseball field, which will be released on May 27. Please comment and question below.

Chapel Hill Regional
1. North Carolina (1)*
4. Jackson State*

2. UNC-Wilmington
3. Coastal Carolina
Manhattan Regional
1. Kansas State
4. Binghamton*

2. Miami (Florida)
3. Michigan State
Baton Rouge Regional
1. LSU (2)*
4. Savannah State*

2. Louisiana-Lafayette
3. Sam Houston State
Blacksburg Regional
1. Virginia Tech
4. Army*

2. Mississippi
3. Bryant*
Nashville Regional
1. Vanderbilt (3)
4. East Tennessee State*

2. Troy
3. Austin Peay*
Eugene Regional
1. Oregon
4. Valparaiso*

2. Alabama
3. Oklahoma State
Fullerton Regional
1. Cal State Fullerton (4)*
4. San Diego State*

2. Arizona State
3. San Diego*
Columbia Regional
1. South Carolina
4. Columbia*

2. Georgia Tech
3. Connecticut*
Charlottesville Regional
1. Virginia (5)
4. Towson*

2. Florida Atlantic*
3. William & Mary
Starkville Regional

1. Mississippi State
4. Wichita State*

2. South Alabama
3. Rice*
Corvallis Regional
1. Oregon State (6)*
4. South Dakota State*

2. Cal Poly
3. San Francisco
Bloomington Regional
1. Indiana*
4. St. Louis*

2. Arkansas
3. Seton Hall
Raleigh Regional
1. NC State (7)
4. Canisius*

2. Florida
3. Elon*
Los Angeles Regional
4. Texas-San Antonio*

2. New Mexico
3. Oklahoma*
Tallahassee Regional
1. Florida State (8)
4. Central Arkansas*

2. Mercer
3. Liberty*
Louisville Regional

1. Louisville*
4. Bowling Green*

2. Clemson
3. Campbell

Last Five In: Seton Hall, Coastal Carolina, Sam Houston State, Campbell, San Francisco

First Five Out: Western Carolina, North Florida, Ohio State, Pittsburgh, Texas A&M

* Denotes an Automatic Bid

Multi-Bid Conferences:

SEC - 8

ACC - 8

Pac-12 -4

Sun Belt - 4

Big East - 3

Big 12 - 3

Big South - 3

Colonial - 3

WCC - 2

Big West - 2

Big Ten - 2

Atlantic Sun - 2

Southland - 2

Mountain West - 2

Toughest Regional - Eugene

Easiest Regional - Tallahassee

  • The final two national seeds go to NC State and Florida State. From what's being rumored around the nation, it sounds like the selection committee will have no problem giving the ACC four national seeds if they are deserving, and in my eyes, they certainly are. In addition, the committee typically does not value conference tournaments with high regard, which immensely helps the Seminoles.
  • ACC fans rejoice, the Tar Heels are back on top. Coming into the week we knew they were the most balanced team in the nation, but I needed to see them bounce back after a couple of sub-par weeks to close the regular season. They did just that, posting wins over three regional hosts and a pair of other tournament teams in just seven days.
  • SEC champion LSU grabs the second overall seed. The Tigers ended up with the same amount of wins over now number three Vanderbilt and the head-to-head.
  • Eugene and Fullerton project to host the most challenging regions. The Ducks have to host a duo of solid power conference clubs in addition to a conference champion, while the Titans could see a pair of conference champs from San Diego and a dangerous but reeling Arizona State team.
  • I'm taking San Francisco over Western Carolina for the final spot in the field. Bottom line, the Dons posted a similar record to that of the Catamounts, with an SOS that outranks them by 36 spots. USF also has a higher RPI, which the committee loves.