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Thursday: Who helped/hurt cases
Published: Friday, May 27, 2011

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Helped their case

Miami: The Hurricanes are very much a long shot to earn an NCAA Regional host, but they took a step forward Thursday with a win over North Carolina. The 'Canes still only have 35 victories, so running the table in the ACC tournament is the only option.

Mercer: The Bears entered the week slightly on the good side of the bubble, and definitely have helped their case this week with a pair of wins over Kennesaw State and Jacksonville. Now comes a bout against Belmont.

St. John's: The Johnnies were on the bad side of the bubble entering the week, but at least are giving themselves a fighting chance after earning wins over Cincinnati and Pittsburgh to start the Big East tournament.

Texas A&M: There's not a national seed contender doing more to help its case so far this week than the Aggies. The Aggies defeated Texas Tech to begin the Big 12 tournament before shutting down Kansas State in Game 2. A&M gets a day off before playing again Saturday.

Texas State: After taking a significant step back in opening day action of the Southland tournament with a loss to Nicholls State, the Bobcats rebounded with a come-from-behind 5-2 win over Southeastern Louisiana. The Bobcats need to beat Sam Houston State in another elimination game.

Florida State: The Seminoles suffered a tough 7-0 loss to N.C. State to begin the ACC tournament, but responded on Day 2 with a solid 6-3 win over red-hot Clemson. The Seminoles need to take care of business against Georgia Tech to end pool play to feel more confident about their situation.

Rice: The Owls began the Conference USA tournament with a tough loss to UAB, but fought back on Thursday with a come-from-behind 8-5 triumph over Memphis. Now, the Owls likely need to take care of business against UCF to finish pool play to stay alive for a potential national seed.

Arkansas: The Hogs are aiming for an NCAA Regional host and took a small step back on Wednesday with a loss to Alabama. However, they responded in solid fashion with a win over Mississippi State in an elimination game. The Hogs now get a rematch with the Crimson Tide. Going 1-2 in the SEC tournament could end the Hogs' hosting hopes.

Georgia: The Bulldogs still have two more games to win at the SEC tournament to keep their postseason hopes alive, but they at least took a small step forward on Thursday with a clutch win over Auburn. Now Georgia has the tough chore of facing South Carolina.

Georgia Tech: The Yellow Jackets took a step back on Wednesday in a blowout loss to Clemson, but they responded on Thursday with a thrilling extra-inning triumph over N.C. State. The Jackets need to finish pool play with a win over Florida State to feel better about their national seed situation.

Hurt their case

Baylor: The Bears definitely complicated their postseason situation at the Big 12 tournament. They went 0-2 in the event with losses to Oklahoma State and Texas, but still should reach the NCAA tournament even with a 29-26 overall record.

Texas Tech: Barring a surprise on Selection Monday, the Red Raiders likely are done from a postseason standpoint. The Red Raiders went 0-2 at the Big 12 tournament with losses to Texas A&M and Oklahoma. Tech, as a result, is just 17-22 vs. RPI Top 100.

Mississippi State: It's hard to imagine the Bulldogs missing the NCAA tournament after reaching the SEC tournament, but it's possible, though not likely. The Bulldogs went 0-2 in the conference tourney with losses to Florida and Arkansas.

Tulane: It's now safe to say the Green Wave is done from a postseason standpoint. They're 0-2 in the Conference USA tournament with losses to Southern Mississippi and East Carolina. The Green Wave just couldn't establish consistency this season with all the injury issues.

East Tennessee State: It's hard to imagine the Buccaneers reaching the NCAA tournament with Mercer playing at a high level in the Atlantic Sun tourney. The Bucs went 0-2 in the conference tournament with tough losses to Jacksonville and Stetson. ETSU just didn't take care of business at the right time.

Kansas State: The Wildcats took a step forward with a tournament opening win over Oklahoma, but failed to take yet another step forward with a win over Texas A&M. The Wildcats probably reach the NCAA tournament field if they can earn an elimination game win over the familiar Sooners.

Illinois State: Mark Kingston's Redbirds put together a nice season that included 36 wins, but it'll be tough for them to reach the NCAA tournament. They went 1-2 in the Missouri Valley tourney with a win over Evansville, but a pair of losses against surprising Indiana State.

Auburn: No team had a more disappointing day than the Tigers. They went 0-2 in the SEC tournament with losses to South Carolina and Georgia. They finish the season at 29-29 (.500) overall and are not eligible to reach the NCAA tournament. It's a disappointing finish to the season.

Elon: The Phoenix entered the Southern Conference tournament as a lock to reach the NCAA tournament. However, they've made things interesting after going 0-2 in the tourney with tough losses to Western Carolina and College of Charleston. Elon still should make the field of 64.

Southeastern Louisiana: The Lions entered the Southland tournament in decent shape to reach the NCAA tournament on the good side of the bubble. However, they've taken a huge step back in that department this week with two losses and a quick exit from the tourney. The Lions need some help.

Louisiana-Lafayette: Speaking of needing help, the Ragin' Cajuns entered the week in need of a strong run in the Sun Belt tournament. However, they began the event with a 10-6 setback to South Alabama. ULL's room for error the rest of the week is very little if they want to make the field of 64.

Florida Atlantic: The Owls entered the week on the good side of the NCAA bubble, but have complicated their situation with a pair of losses to Western Kentucky and Troy to begin the week. FAU must finish the Sun Belt tournament with a win over surprising Arkansas-Little Rock.

Kendall Rogers is the college baseball editor for Perfect Game USA and has covered the sport for over 10 seasons. He can be reached at kendall@perfectgame.org



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