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College  | Story  | 4/11/2013

College Field of 64: April 11

Kendall Rogers     

* Only two Big 12 teams in the field? Some Big 12 teams have plenty of time to play catch-up before the regular season comes to a close. However, for now, the league is in pretty bleak shape from a postseason standpoint. Oklahoma is the only slam-dunk postseason squad right now with a solid RPI of 21 to go with a 27-6 overall record. However, the situation with the other teams isn't so hot. For instance, perennial power Texas once again has work to do down the stretch to make the NCAA postseason. The Longhorns fell short of a huge series win over Oklahoma last weekend. UT has an RPI of 51 with a poor overall resume, sitting at just 7-10 vs. RPI Top 100 clubs. Kansas (62) and Baylor (82) are in similar situations with the Longhorns, while Oklahoma State has some serious work to do down the stretch with an RPI of 108. Meanwhile, Kansas State narrowly made the field to become the Big 12's second postseason club. KSU has an RPI of 70, a 24-10 overall record, but even it only has a 6-7 mark vs. RPI Top 100. There's also preseason favorite TCU, which has a dismal RPI of 140.

* Who was next in line for a national seed? In order, South Carolina and Oregon were the two teams considered for the final national seed spot occupied now by Indiana. The Gamecocks narrowly missed the cut, while the Ducks have a bit more work to do. The Gamecocks have an RPI of 10 with a very good overall record, along with a solid 8-4 Southeastern Conference record. Furthermore, the Gamecocks are 5-1 vs. RPI Top 25, 6-4 vs. RPI Top 50 and 10-5 vs. RPI Top 100. UO has an RPI of 8, but has much work to do from a resume standpoint. The Ducks lead the Pac-12 with a 9-3 record right now, but also are just 4-6 vs. RPI Top 50 teams along with a 9-7 mark vs. RPI Top 100. Despite finishing just outside the top eight, both clubs are within striking distance.

* Who was next in line for a host spot? Several teams were considered for one of the elusive 16 NCAA Regional host sites, but only four truly were on the cusp -- Arkansas, Mississippi State, UCLA and Clemson. Arkansas has a very solid SEC record and good overall record. However, the Razorbacks are hampered by an RPI of 47 at this point. The Hogs, otherwise, have a solid overall resume with six wins vs. RPI Top 25 and a respectable 13-8 mark vs. RPI Top 100. A home series win over LSU this weekend would go a long way in improving that RPI. Mississippi State is right behind the Hogs in the pecking order, but must improve its mark vs. SEC teams, sitting at just 5-7 in league play right now. Otherwise, like Arkansas, the Bulldogs have a solid resume with a six wins vs. RPI Top 25 and a 10-9 mark vs. RPI Top 100. UCLA has a respectable Pac-12 record, but must improve its resume with a 2-6 mark vs. RPI Top 25 and 9-9 record vs. RPI Top 100, while Clemson is 9-6 in the ACC, but only 5-7 vs. RPI Top 25 and 10-9 vs. RPI Top 100. San Diego is another team to watch down the stretch. The Toreros have a solid RPI of 29, along with a 13-9 mark vs. RPI Top 100. Also keep an eye on Rice, which has a decent overall resume, but only has an RPI of 56 at this point.

* Most impressive and surprising league thus far? The usual suspects lead the latest Conference RPI figures, with the ACC holding the top spot and the SEC holding the No. 2 spot. But what about other leagues that have been impressive so far this spring? Keep an eye on the Sun Belt and Colonial Athletic Association. South Alabama, Florida Atlantic and Troy each have good RPIs and solid overall resumes, while Louisiana-Lafayette, which has an RPI of 39, narrowly missed the cut, thanks in part because of its 6-9 mark vs. RPI Top 100 clubs. Also keep an eye on Western Kentucky (86) and Middle Tennessee State (51) down the stretch. Meanwhile, in the CAA, Delaware (37) and UNC Wilmington (33) are clear-cut postseason teams right now, while William & Mary (31) is right on the cusp with a 7-7 mark vs. RPI Top 100.

* How do the Conference RPIs stack up? According to BoydsWorld.com, the conferences, from an RPI standpoint, are like this in order: ACC, SEC, Pac 12, Sun Belt, Big 12, Big Ten, Big West, CAA, C-USA, Southern, Big East, Southland, WCC, Big South, MVC, Mountain West, Atlantic Sun, WAC, Ohio Valley, Mid-American, America East, Atlantic 10, MAAC, Ivy League, Horizon, Summit, NEC, MEAC, Patriot, Great West, SWAC.

Out of that group, biggest surprise? Sun Belt … biggest disappointment? No, question, it's the West Coast Conference at 13. The league actually has several good teams, with Gonzaga (68), San Diego (28), BYU (40) and LMU (48) leading the charge. However, St. Mary's (270) and Santa Clara (277) are dragging down the RPI. 

* The projected national seeds are listed on the left, seed denoted in parenthesis. Regional on the right matches up to be projected NCAA Super Regional

College Baseball Field of 64 (April 11)
Chapel Hill, N.C., Regional

1. North Carolina* (1)
4. Maine*

2. Mercer
3. UNC Wilmington*

Louisville, Ky., Regional

1. Louisville*
4. Saint Louis*

2. Virginia Tech
3. Austin Peay

Baton Rouge, La., Regional

1. LSU* (2)
4. Jackson State*

2. South Alabama*
3. Sam Houston State*

Norman, Okla., Regional

1. Oklahoma*
4. Dallas Baptist*

2. Arkansas
3. Central Arkansas

Nashville, Tenn., Regional

1. Vanderbilt (3)
4. Holy Cross*

2. Clemson
3. Troy

Raleigh, N.C., Regional

1. North Carolina State
4. Elon*

2. Mississippi
3. Campbell

Charlottesville, Va., Regional

1. Virginia (4)
4. Delaware State*

2. Houston
3. Delaware

Lexington, Ky., Regional

1. Kentucky
4. Belmont*

2. Notre Dame
3. Kansas State

Fullerton, Calif., Regional

1. Cal State Fullerton* (5)
4. Rider*

2. San Diego
3. Stanford

Tempe, Ariz., Regional

1. Arizona State
4. New Mexico*

2. Rice*
3. UC Irvine

Corvallis, Ore., Regional

1. Oregon State* (6)
4. South Dakota State*

2. Cal Poly
3. Missouri State*

Atlanta Regional

1. Georgia Tech
4. Illinois-Chicago*

2. Mississippi State
3. Georgia Southern

Tallahassee, Fla., Regional

1. Florida State (7)
4. Dartmouth*

2. Florida Gulf Coast*
3. Florida Atlantic*

Columbia, S.C., Regional

1. South Carolina
4. Bryant*

2. Miami (Fla.)
3. Coastal Carolina*

Bloomington, Ind., Regional

1. Indiana* (8)
4. Kent State*

3. Alabama

Eugene, Ore., Regional

1. Oregon
4. Gonzaga*

2. Texas A&M

Last five: UNLV, Campbell, Delaware, Troy, Stanford
Next 10: William & Mary, Louisiana-Lafayette, BYU, Ohio State, Loyola Marymount, Texas, College of Charleston, Duke, Arizona, Creighton
Conference automatic bids

America East: Maine
Atlantic 10: Saint Louis
Atlantic Coast: North Carolina
Atlantic Sun: Florida Gulf Coast
Big Ten: Indiana
Big 12: Oklahoma
Big East: Louisville
Big South: Coastal Carolina
Big West: Cal State Fullerton
Colonial Athletic: UNC Wilmington
Conference USA: Rice
Horizon: Illinois-Chicago
Ivy League: Dartmouth
Metro Atlantic: Rider
Mid-American: Kent State
Mid-Eastern Athletic: Delaware State
Missouri Valley: Missouri State
Mountain West: New Mexico
Northeast: Bryant
Ohio Valley: Belmont
Pac-12: Oregon State
Patriot: Holy Cross
Southeastern: Louisiana State
Southern: Elon
Southland: Sam Houston State
Southwestern Athletic: Jackson State
Summit: South Dakota State
Sun Belt: Florida Atlantic 
West Coast: Gonzaga
Western Athletic: Dallas Baptist