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May 29, 2005

College Baseball Conference Tournament Home has chosen nine conference tournaments from around the country to watch closely throughout the coming week. Each day we'll provide you with up-to-date info on the happenings from those events, which teams are out, who is playing today, and what effect the whole thing will have on the upcoming NCAA Tournament selection.

Tournaments in action May 29:
ACC | Big Ten | Big XII | Conference USA | SEC

Links to live updates from other conference tournaments in action today:
Horizon | Ohio Valley


Location: Jacksonville, FL - Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville
Number of Teams Participating: Eleven
Regular Season Champion: Georgia Tech
Sunday's Schedule - Championship Game:
  12:00 PM CST (7) Virginia vs (1) Georgia Tech
Eliminated: (11) Duke, (9) Virginia Tech, (10) Maryland, (3) Miami, (5) North Carolina, (6) NC State, (8) Wake Forest, (2) Clemson, (4) Florida State
NCAA Implications: Georgia Tech appears to be the only ACC team who has locked up a regional host. Clemson made a huge statement last weekend but could use a good performance this week. Miami took a step back but still looks to be in good shape, while Florida State may have played themselves out of a host in recent weeks. In addition to those squads, North Carolina and NC State look to be locks for the Tournament, while Virginia should make the field as well. If Wake Forest, Virginia Tech, Maryland, or Duke are to make the NCAA Tournament, they'll have to win the ACC Tournament this week.
One on One Spotlight: Steven Blackwood, Georgia Tech
Official Bracket


Location: Champaign, IL - Illinois Field
Number of Teams Participating: Six
Regular Season Champion: Illinois
Sunday's Schedule - Championship Game:
  12:00 PM CST (5) Ohio State vs (6) Minnesota
Eliminated: (3) Iowa, (4) Michigan, (1) Illinois, (2) Purdue
NCAA Implications: Illinois won the overall title in the Big Ten, while Iowa, Purdue, Michigan, and Ohio State all finished less than two games behind the Illini. The Wolverines have the largest win total at 40-15 on the season. If the Wolves win the league tournament, the Big Ten could find themselves with just one NCAA representative. A win by anyone else will leave UM bubble-bound as we head towards selection day.
One on One Spotlight: Steve Caravati, Ohio State
Official Bracket


Location: Oklahoma City, OK - SBC Bricktown Ballpark
Number of Teams Participating: Eight
Regular Season Champion: Nebraska
Sunday's Schedule - Championship Game:
  1:00 PM CST (2) Baylor vs (1) Nebraska
Eliminated: (7) Kansas, (5) Oklahoma, (6) Oklahoma State, (8) Texas Tech, (3) Texas, (4) Missouri
NCAA Implications: Nebraska, Baylor, and Texas have each locked up a regional host slot heading into the conference tournament. After a good weekend on the road at Baylor, Missouri has locked up a regional bid, but the rest of the NCAA hopefuls in the Big XII find themselves on the bubble. In addition to those above, Oklahoma is the only other team in the league to finish above .500 in Big XII play, and the Sooners have also won nine of their last ten games. Look for the Sooners to make the Tournament. Oklahoma State is 12-15, while Kansas is 11-15. Both teams' situations will be largely decided by their performance in Oklahoma City this week. Texas Tech's overall 33-23 record is not all that bad, but the Raiders' 9-16 mark in conference games will keep them on the outside.
One on One Spotlight: Ty Wright, Oklahoma State
Official Bracket


Location: Hattiesburg, MS - Pete Taylor Park
Number of Teams Participating: Eight
Regular Season Champion: Tulane
Sunday's Schedule - Championship Game:
  1:00 PM CST (2) TCU vs (1) Tulane  
Eliminated: (8) UAB, (7) Louisville, (4) East Carolina, (6) South Florida, (3) Southern Miss, (5) Houston
NCAA Implications: Tulane has locked down a host slot as well as a national seed. TCU and Southern Miss, who both finished 20-10 in league play and four games behind the Wave, have locked down NCAA spots but are not likely to earn a host position. East Carolina has won six of their last ten and looks like a good NCAA Tournament bet. Houston, Louisville, South Florida, and UAB are all right around the .500 mark in league play, but the Cardinals have the best overall record and have won seven of their last ten. Look for CUSA to earn four bids unless one of the bottom four seeds wins the event.
One on One Spotlight: Shelby Ford, TCU
Official Bracket


Location: Hoover, AL - Hoover Metropolitan Stadium
Number of Teams Participating: Eight
Regular Season Champion: Florida
Sunday's Schedule - Championship Game:
  3:00 PM CST (7) Mississippi State vs (4) Mississippi  
Eliminated: (3) LSU, (8) Arkansas, (6) South Carolina, (5) Alabama, (3) Tennessee, (1) Florida
NCAA Implications: Florida, LSU, and Mississippi look to have secured NCAA hosts for next weekend. Tennessee looks to be the best bet to earn a fourth host, but a good performance in Hoover this week from either Alabama or South Carolina could move those two teams into contention. In addition to those six, the other two teams in Hoover look good for NCAA bids. Mississippi State has the best league mark of the second tier of teams at 13-16. Arkansas, Vanderbilt, and Auburn are all 13-17, and each has a legitimate NCAA shot. The Dawgs' and Hawgs' chances, though, can be greatly increased with a good showing at the league tournament. Georgia is 12-17 in league play and still has slim NCAA hopes at this point.
One on One Spotlight: Aaron Rawl, South Carolina
Official Bracket

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