Published: Tue, May 29, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Four Thoughts on the NCAA baseball tournament bracket

Four Thoughts on the NCAA baseball tournament bracket

Baylor claimed the automatic bid after winning its first Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship title on Sunday in a 6-5 11-inning thriller.

Kentucky snubbed: The SEC is in no position to nitpick the selection committee's decisions, with a record-tying 10 teams in the tournament and the aforementioned cluster of national seeds, but it was peculiar at best to see Kentucky omitted from the field.

The Duke-Troy game will be played at 2 p.m. with Campbell vs. Georgia following at 7. No. 1 Stanford and No. 4 Wright State face off in the other side of the bracket.

The old system resulted in a lot of all-too-familiar Super Regional matchups: Florida-Florida State and Texas A&M-TCU series were each staged in back-to-back postseasons, to take two recent examples. The Clemson Regional (Clemson, Vanderbilt, St. John's and Morehead State) has three out of the four teams that played there a year ago in the exact seeds they were assigned in 2017 (Clemson, Vanderbilt, St. John's and UNC Greensboro).

Oklahoma State earned its sixth-straight berth and 44th overall NCAA Championship appearance.

Texas A&M earned a No. 3 seed in the Austin Regional and will face No. 2 seed Indiana.

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Should either of the teams survive and advance, they would play a Super Regional against the victor of the Texas Tech regional.

The Red Raiders are hosting for the sixth time overall and for a third-consecutive year after boasting an RPI of 10 to end the year.

The No. 6 Texas Tech baseball team (39-17, 15-9) earned a No. 9 seed in the 2018 NCAA Baseball Tournament and will open the postseason Friday at 1 p.m. against New Mexico State (39-16).

Each of the 16 regionals features four teams, playing a double-elimination format. USC is the number two seed in that region.

Purdue has made NCAA Tournaments only twice before, in 2012 and 1987, with its only victory against Valparaiso in '12.

The South Carolina Gamecocks baseball team will begin their quest to get to the College World Series with a matchup against Ohio State.

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