3/30 Baseball Bracketology Breakdown

Illinois College Baseball

Last Eight In: Alabama, Georgia, Iowa, Missouri, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Ohio State, UNC-Wilmington

First Eight Out: Auburn, Cal State Fullerton, NC State, Notre Dame, Virginia Tech, South Florida, Tulane, UC Irvine

Coming off a weekend where two Big Ten teams booked their place in the Final Four, it only seems fitting to take a look at the surging Big Ten. As it sits right now, the conference has six teams with legit shots at an NCAA Tournament bid. For a northern conference, that number is almost unheard of. There are two 20 plus win teams in Nebraska and Illinois leading the pack. Nebraska (21-7) is coming off a sweep of Texas last weekend and are winners of nine of their last ten, while Illinois (20-6) took two of three from Michigan State last weekend and boasts a series win over Oklahoma State. Maryland (18-7) had the most hype of any Big Ten team coming into the year following their Super Regional berth last year and they are off to a great start. Together, the three teams lead the conference in terms of national recognition and any of the three teams could be in line to host a regional should things fall their way the rest of the season.

Ohio State (18-7) has also been impressive this season and with a relatively weak remaining schedule, have a great shot at earning a bid this year. The real surprise of the conference has been Iowa though. The Hawkeyes are off to a 17-6 start and are coming off a huge sweep over Indiana, the sixth team in the mix, last weekend. The Hawkeyes are in this week’s projection as they look to be for real this season. The Hoosiers (16-8) started great in non-conference play with series wins over Stanford and Cal State Fullerton, as well as a midweek win over Louisville, but Indiana is off to just a 1-4 start in Big Ten play. If the Hoosiers can rebound, they give the Big Ten six legitimate regional contenders. And that doesn’t even include the two teams from the mitten state, Michigan and Michigan State, who both have schedules that feature a lot of winnable games. Both schools are off to a 2-4 start in conference play, but of the remaining Big Ten series, Michigan has to play just two of the Big Ten’s top six teams, Iowa and Indiana, and MSU has just Indiana on their schedule. If either team can get hot as conference play continues, the mix for at-large berths out of the Big Ten could get very crowded.


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ACC: Florida State, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Miami, North Carolina, Virginia

American: Houston, UCF

Big East: St. John’s

Big 12: Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, TCU, Texas, Texas Tech

Big Ten: Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Nebraska, Ohio State

Pac-12: Arizona State, Arizona, California, Oregon, Oregon State, UCLA, USC

SEC: Alabama, Florida, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi, Mississippi State, Missouri, South Carolina, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt

A-10: St. Louis

America East: Stony Brook

A-Sun: North Florida

Big South: Coastal Carolina

Big West: UC Santa Barbara

CAA: Charleston, UNC-Wilmington

C-USA: Rice, Florida Atlantic

Horizon: Wright State

Ivy: Columbia

MAAC: Canisius

MAC: Ball State

MEAC: Bethune-Cookman

MVC: Dallas Baptist

MWC: Nevada, San Diego State

NEC: Bryant

OVC: Southeast Missouri

Patriot: Navy

Southern: Wofford

Southland: Southeastern Louisiana

Summit: Oral Roberts

Sun Belt: Louisiana

SWAC: Alabama State

WAC: Sacramento State

WCC: San Diego


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