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BREAKING DOWN THE NCAA BASEBALL FIELD
May 22, 2008

SCS.comThe NCAA regionals begin in a little over a week, and if there's any time to nail down a place in the field, it's now. Four teams have done it already, and we know who many others will be, but there are a few who need to make the most of this week, whether it's in their conference tournament or their final regular-season games, to make sure that their summer doesn't start too early.

So, here's how I think the field shakes out at this point. In the case of some conferences, it's not about who won the regular-season title, but who I think will take the conference tournament, or how I think a certain team will look after their conference tournament.

One-Bid Leagues

Dallas Baptist swept San Francisco to end the season at 37-17, and have all but booked their first-ever D-I regional berth - and could be as high as a #2 seed. Columbia, Bucknell, Bethune-Cookman, and Texas Southern have already clinched berths in the tournament.

America East: Stony Brook (#4)

Atlantic Sun: Lipscomb (#4)

Horizon: Illinois-Chicago (#4)

Independents: Dallas Baptist (#3)

Ivy: Columbia (#4)

MAAC: Canisius (#4)

MAC: Kent State (#4)

MEAC: Bethune-Cookman (#4)

Northeast: Monmouth (#4)

Ohio Valley: Jacksonville State (#4)

Patriot: Bucknell (#4)

SWAC: Texas Southern (#4)

WAC: Fresno State (#4)

Possible At-Large Teams From One-Bid Leagues

These teams are likely going to get in regardless of what happens in their conference tournaments. For the sake of some of the bubble teams, most (or all) of these teams need to win their conference tourneys, but if they don't, they won't be among the anxious teams.

Big South: Coastal Carolina (#1)

Big Ten: Michigan (#2)

Colonial: UNC-Wilmington (#2)

Mountain West: TCU (#2)

Sun Belt: New Orleans (#3) - Louisiana-Monroe won the regular-season title, but the Privateers are the only SBC team that looks like an at-large right now.

Summit: Oral Roberts (#3)

On the Fringe

These guys are on top in their conference, but if they don't take their tournament, they could be sweating when the selections come out.

Atlantic 10: Charlotte (#4) - Xavier is the #1 seed in the A-10 tourney due to their head-to-head win over the 49ers, but Charlotte is the only at-large worth team in the league. However, the 49ers do need to avoid an early exit - and to be safe, need to at least make it to the final - to be certain of their status.

Southland: Texas-San Antonio (#4)

Two-Bid Leagues

There's a chance that these leagues could all end up being one-bid leagues, but they could also end up being three-bid leagues, if there are some conference tourney upsets.

Big East: St. John's (#3), Louisville (#4)

Missouri Valley: Wichita St. (#2), Missouri St. (#3)

Southern: Elon (#3), College of Charleston (#4)

Three-Bid Leagues

Pepperdine took two of three from Santa Clara to nab second place in the West Coast and likely take a bid from Santa Clara, who needed the series win more than the Waves did.

West Coast: San Diego (#2), Pepperdine (#3)

More Than Three Bids

ACC: Miami (#1), Florida State (#1), North Carolina (#1), North Carolina St. (#1), Georgia Tech (#2), Virginia (#3)

Big 12: Texas A&M (#1), Nebraska (#1), Oklahoma State (#1), Missouri (#2), Texas (#2)

Big West: Cal State Fullerton (#1), Long Beach State (#1), UC Irvine (#2), UC Davis (#3), UC Santa Barbara (#3)

Pac-10: Arizona State (#1), Cal (#1), Stanford (#2), Arizona (#2), UCLA (#3)

SEC: Georgia (#1), LSU (#1), Kentucky (#1), South Carolina (#2), Florida (#2), Vanderbilt (#3), Ole Miss (#3), Arkansas (#3), Alabama (#3)

Conference USA: Rice (#1), Southern Mississippi (#2), Tulane (#2), East Carolina (#2), Houston (#3)


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