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2019 College Baseball Thread

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Batman, May 27, 2019.

  1. Batman

    Batman Well-Known Member

    It's about that time again. The NCAA Tournament bracket is out and it's a little bit of a WTF? If seedings hold, five of the eight super regional matchups will have conference opponents going head-to-head. That includes Oregon State and UCLA, which I'm sure will please some folks around here.

    Ten SEC teams got in, tying a record, and there's a good argument to be made that an 11th (Missouri) got the shaft. Four of the 10 are top-8 national seeds.
    And, for the first time since 1991, Cal State Fullerton is not in the tournament.

    Time to start the road to Omaha.

    2019 Division I Baseball Official Bracket | NCAA.com
  2. HanSenSE

    HanSenSE Well-Known Member

    Stony Brook in the Baton Rouge regional ... hmmmm.
  3. DanOregon

    DanOregon Well-Known Member

    Used to think it was a travel thing - but it seems the NCAA really tries to get as many conferences to Omaha as it can with regional hosts seeded against regional hosts from their own conference. What stood out to me was a Big 10 team - Ohio State no less - in as a four seed. Surely there was a more worthy mid-major school.
    And the seedings weren't strictly RPI - Oregon State was 20th in RPI - but they'll sell 4-5k in tickets.
  4. maumann

    maumann Well-Known Member

    Ohio State won the B1G tournament, I believe. That bounced an at-large.
  5. Batman

    Batman Well-Known Member

    Ole Miss was No. 22 and will sell 10,000 tickets. They had a great week in Hoover, but I'm not sure their on-field accomplishments merit a regional over a Tennessee team that was No. 14 in RPI and smacked them around two weeks ago.
  6. micropolitan guy

    micropolitan guy Well-Known Member

    Missouri played .333 ball (8-16-1) against Q1 opponents and had a 206 OOC strength-of-schedule. It's high RPI was more attributable to who it played (and who the SEC teams it skipped played) in conference, not how well it did. Missouri also played 25 games against Q3 and Q4 opponents. In essence, it's schedule sucked.

    Okie State (2), UCLA (3) and Oregon State (8) had the top OOC SOS of the 16 seeds. Mississippi State's was 200th, it must have played no one of consequence OOC.
  7. tapintoamerica

    tapintoamerica Well-Known Member

    Missouri 31st in RPI. Excluded in favor of No. 59 or close to it. Pretty rare, I would suspect.
  8. DanOregon

    DanOregon Well-Known Member

    My bad. I forget some conferences do tournaments.
  9. HanSenSE

    HanSenSE Well-Known Member

    Yet we still have the death bracket for West Coast mid-majors at Stanford with the Cardinal, Fresno State, UC Santa Barbara and Sacramento State.
  10. ChrisLong

    ChrisLong Well-Known Member

    I guess the Big West was the conference of death. Come in first or pack up your gear. UC Santa Barbara is the only rep.
    UC Irvine came in second at 37-17, 17-7. Not invited.
  11. MileHigh

    MileHigh Moderator Staff Member

    Rough year for the Titans, but won their last two to avoid the first losing season in program history. And, yes, as usual, matching top seeds in the same conference for super regionals is a joke.
  12. micropolitan guy

    micropolitan guy Well-Known Member

    No western bubble teams (Arizona, BYU, UCI) made it, and the P5 conference runner-up, which finished 1/2-game behind the No. 1 seed, didn't get a top-8 national seed, while the fourth-place team from another league did. Surprise, surprise.
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