The NCAA Baseball Tournament field is set and our friends over at The College Baseball Blog allowed us to do a short question and answer with them to give more insight into the Tournament field and how they see it shaking out.
Q:What jumped out to you first when reading over the bracket?
A:Virginia getting screwed by having to go to UC-Irvine. They will have to face Stephen Strasburg in the first game which is a likely loss. I still think UVA has a chance to get through out there.
Q:Do you agree with the selection committee’s top 8 seeds?
A:The only problem I see is that Oklahoma is a borderline Top 8 seed and I think FSU should have been included.
Q:Eight teams from the SEC made the field, including three regional hosts. Any surprises on the SEC seeds?
A:Not really, I think the NCAA got it right with the SEC teams.
Q:The ACC garnered seven bids. Did Duke not being in the field surprise you? Any other ACC seeding surprises?
A:I think Duke not making the tourney goes back to their horrible non-conference schedule over the past couple of seasons. They have an RPI of 75 this year which is an absolute joke with the amount of high quality teams in the ACC.
As I said earlier, I am a little shocked that FSU didn’t get a national seed and Virginia wasn’t a number 1 seed in a regional.
Q:Teams like Georgia and Georgia Tech have been limping into the Tournament while a team like Virginia was surging at the end. Does recent play have any bearing on how well a team will do in the Tournament?
A:Yes, you rather be going into the tourney on a winning streak but in the long run, It is a new season now.
Q:What Regional do you think is the toughest?
A:I think that Irvine Regional is by far the toughest Regional with Irvine as the number 1 team in the nation according to many national polls. Virginia can play with anyone in the country where they play a real solid game of pitching and defense.
San Diego State has the best pitcher in the country in Strasburg and one of the best closer’s in the nation with Addison Reed who has no record with 19 saves and a 0.68 ERA.
Q:What host has the easiest regional?
A:I think Cal-State Fullerton has a pretty easy regional which should be a given being the number 2 overall seed in the tourney. I also like what LSU got with Minnesota, Baylor and Southern. None of those three teams can compete with the Tigers.
Q:What Regional could produce the biggest upset?
A:I think Bethune Cookman has a chance to win the Gainesville Regional with two absolute studs in their rotation.
Q:How many teams from the ACC and SEC do you see making the Super Regionals?
A:I think every team in the ACC and SEC could possibly get through their regional if they pitch well and get timely hits.
Q:If the seeding holds, which Super Regional matchup would you be looking forward to the most?
A:I think the Texas and TCU/Texas AM Super Regional matchup will be outstanding.
Q:Do you see North Carolina making it to Omaha for a fourth straight year?
A: think UNC’s path to the CWS is fairly easy and I would expect them to make the CWS Championship series.
Q:Who is your favorite to win the College World Series?
A:LSU is my favorite and UNC is the other team that could give them a run for the title.
The College Baseball Blog is ramping up their coverage for the Tournament so be sure to check them out.
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