This part of the NCAA Tournament bracket features the #1 National Seeded Texas Longhorns. They took both the regular season and conference tournament titles in the BIG XII this year. They do not get any favors as the other number ones boast really good programs, too. Teams like Arizona State, Florida, North Carolina, Clemson, Georgia Tech are number ones, while Texas A&M, Miami (FL), Alabama, Coastal Carolina, and South Carolina are strong number twos. Teams will find that nothing comes easy in the tournament especially on this side of the ledger. Lets take a look at the individual regionals.
#1 NATIONAL SEED - AUSTIN REGIONAL
Seeding: 1 - Texas, 2 - Texas State, 3 - Boston College, 4 - Army
Texas, which went 41-13-1, got the nod over other teams for the overall #1 seed in the NcAA Tournament. The Longhorns welcome in Boston College, Texas State, and Army. The Boston College Eagles received an at-large bid from the ACC and went 33-24. Texas State, 41-15, won the Southland regular season title but faltered in the conference tournament championship game. Army, 34-19, won the Patriot League's automatic bid by winning the conference tournament. They split a two-game set with Dartmouth this past weekend. This should be a three game romp for the Longhorns but look for the Eagles to put up resistance throughout the weekend.
FORT WORTH REGIONAL
Seeding: 1 - TCU, 2 - Texas A&M, 3 - Oregon State, 4 - Wright State
The TCU Horned Frogs, 36-16, will host Texas A&M, Oregon State, and Wright State this weekend. The Frogs won the Mountain West regular season title before bowing out in the conference tournament to eventual champ Utah. The #2 vs. #3 matchup on Friday will be a good one as Texas A&M will play Oregon State. The Aggies, 36-22, struggled a bit down the stretch but received an at-large bid from the Big XII. The two-time National Champion Beavers, 35-17, return to the NCAA after missing last season's tournament. Wright State, 33-28, won the automatic bid as Horizon League Conference Champions. There should be some good baseball in Fort Worth this weekend. Look for the Aggies to make it to the Super Regionals.
#8 NATIONAL SEED - GAINESVILLE REGIONAL
Seeding: 1 - Florida, 2 - Miami (FL), 3 - Jacksonville, 4 - Bethune-Cookman
One of the surprises, when the brackets came out, was the Florida Gators getting the #8 National Seed. The Gators, 39-20, finished as the #2 seed in the SEC Tournament but went 1-2 on the weekend. The rest might help the Gators in welcoming three teams from the Sunshine State. Their rivals Miami (FL), 36-20, will enter as an at-large from the ACC after posting a 1-2 weekend in the ACC Conference Tournament. Jacksonville, 36-20, won the rain-shortened Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament last weekend after taking home the regular season crown. Bethune-Cookman, 32-26, has been resting for a week or so after taking home another MEAC Conference Championship. This will be a tough go for the Gators; therefore, look for the Hurricanes to come through Gainesville unscathed and not much resistance.
Seeding: 1 - Georgia Tech, 2 - Elon, 3 - Southern Mississippi, 4 - Georgia State
A stronger showing in the ACC Tournament might have had the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, 35-17-1, talking national seed. Instead, they welcome in Elon, Southern Mississippi, and Georgia State. The Jackets went 1-2 last weekend in Durham, NC ending all talk of seeding. Elon, 40-16, won the Southern Conference regular season championship and lost to Georgia Southern in the conference title game. Southern Mississippi, 35-23, will be Elon's opponent in the opening game. The Eagles dropped a tough championship battle with Rice on Sunday. They are on a mission for long time coach Corky Palmer, who is retiring at season's end. They would like to take him to a Super Regional round in his final go at it. Georgia State, 39-20, swept through the Colonial Tournament last weekend to take home the automatic bid. They are on a roll but will have to face the homestanding Jackets on Friday. Look for Georgia Tech to battle Soutern Mississippi for the regional championship with the Jackets taking it home.
#4 NATIONAL SEED - TEMPE REGIONAL
Seeding: 1 - Arizona State, 2 - Oral Roberts, 3 - Cal Poly, 4 - Kent State
Will Kent State do what Fresno State did last year? The #4 National Seeded Sun Devils hope not because that would be two year's in-a-row without much to show for their regular season work. Arizona State, 44-12, won the Pac 10 title by two games over Washington State. Oral Roberts, 31-13, somehow garnered the #2 seed in the regional as the dual champions of the Summit League. Cal Poly, 37-19, received an at-large bid out of the Big West despite finishing eight games out of first. Kent State, 42-15, had everyone talking early in the season only to see them go through a lull. The lull stopped with a sweep through the MAC Conference Tournament. The Golden Flashes have very big shoes to fill from last year's Cinderella run but look for the Sun Devils to grasp the shoes early and hang on to them all weekend.
Seeding: 1 - Clemson, 2 - Alabama, 3 - Oklahoma State, 4 - Tennessee Tech
After a one-year hiatus, the Clemson Tigers are back in familiar territory hosting a regional. This year the Tigers went 40-19 with a 1-2 showing last week in the ACC Tournament. Making the trip to Clemson will be Alabama (SEC at-large), Oklahoma State (Big XII at-large), and Tennessee Tech (Ohio Valley automatic bid). The Crimson Tide, 37-19, had a quick exit in the SEC Tournament by losing two games on Wednesday and Thursday. They did not get a reward as a #2 seed by having to face Oklahoma State, 32-22. The Cowboys missed the Big XII Tournament and will be ready to face the Tide. They have had plenty of rest and should be ready to go. Tennessee Tech, 30-22-1, swept their way through the OVC as the #5 seed in the tournament. Momentum is huge to a #4 seed in the NCAA Tournament and they have it right now. Clemson fans will be treated to great games and should see their Tigers back in the Supers next weekend.
#5 NATIONAL SEED - CHAPEL HILL REGIONAL
Seeding: 1 - North Carolina, 2 - Coastal Carolina, 3 - Kansas, 4 - Dartmouth
The North Carolina baseball program has been steady for most of this decade. They have been at the top of the rankings all year and earned the #5 National Seed. The Tar Heels, 42-16, had a tough go last weekend in the ACC Tournament with a 1-2 weekend. They should be ready to go because if they don't Coastal Carolina might just make it out of the regional and into the next round. The Chanticleers, 46-16. took the dual titles in the Big South this season and will be looking to return the favor from last year's Super Regionals, where North Carolina knocked them out. Kansas, 37-22, received an at-large bid from the Big XII despite going 0-3 in last weekend's tournament. The Jayhawks finished fifth in the conference and will be looking to put something together in Chapel Hill. Dartmouth, 27-16, won the Ivy League at the beginning of this month by taking a 2-1 series from Cornell. Don't look for Dartmouth to stay very long as the Tar Heels and Chanticleers are the class of this region. This region wil go to Monday with the Tar Heels advancing.
Seeding: 1 - East Carolina, 2 - South Carolina, 3 - George Mason, 4 - Binghamton
East Carolina unseated Rice from the Conference USA Regular Season Title this year but bowed out with a 1-2 record in the conference tourney last week. The Pirates, 42-17, were rewarded with a host site but have a hot South Carolina team coming to town. The Gamecocks, 38-21, went 1-2 last weekend but left the bases loaded in their last at bat in falling 4-1 to eventual champ LSU. George Mason, 42-12, received an at-large bid for the Colonial after winning the regular season crown. The Patriots might make some noise but with the big boys at #1 and #2, they will have their work cut out for them. Binghamton, 29-20, took down both titles in the America East Conference with double digit runs in each game while sweeping last weekend. Look for the Pirates and Gamecocks to battle three times with South Carolina advancing.