Four Thoughts on the NCAA baseball tournament bracket

Hope Soto
May 29, 2018

The Tigers had previously defeated the Howlin' Huskies in two out of three games in March, which included a no-hit performance by ace Casey Mize.

"When you look at a team that finished third in the ACC, won eight out of 10 conference series and won 10 out of 12 series (against what) might have been the toughest schedule in the ACC, I think we're hosting a regional", State coach Elliott Avent said after Friday's loss to Florida State, when asked about his team's regional chances.

Texas A&M football lost 55-52 to Wake Forest in the Belk Bowl last December. Duke, UNC Wilmington, Campbell and NC A&T, were also selected when the rest of the field was announced on Monday.

The Aggies men's basketball defeated Providence and North Carolina before being defeated by MI - which was defeated by Villanova in the National Championship Game - in the third round of the March Madness tournament.

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Five Big 12 programs punched tickets to the 2018 NCAA Division I Baseball Championship with Texas and Texas Tech serving as regional hosts. Auburn and No. 3 Northeastern round out the field. TTU is the No. 9 national seed and faces No. 4 New Mexico State in a 1 p.m. CT first pitch on Friday.

This is the second straight year and the 10th time overall that coach Mike Fox's team will play a regional at its Boshamer Stadium. The Rebels drew Tennessee Tech, owner of the nation's No. 1 offense in terms of batting average, home runs and scoring, as their No. 2 seed in Oxford. The Tar Heels were upset by fourth-seeded Davidson previous year.

The regionals are a double-elimination tournament. This new format, in which the No. 1 seed's regional lines up with the No. 16 seed's and so on, disregards conference ties and appears to give the national seeds a draw closer to what they deserve.

Game 5 - Game 3 victor vs. The No. 2-seeded Bears will travel to Stanford, California, and take on No. 3-seed Cal State Fullerton in a 4 p.m. CT matchup on Friday. The host No. 1 Stetson will play No. 4 Hartford on Friday.

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