College World Series: Latest Screenings Have TCU Hosting Regional

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College baseball’s regular season is behind us. This week, all conference tournaments are taking place, giving some teams one more chance to jockey for their best playoff positioning. Next Monday, May 30, the NCAA will announce the field of 64 for the tournament, including regional hosts and potential super regional hosts.

D1Baseball.com, a leading source for college baseball news, scores and more, has updated its projections for the postseason tournament. D1Baseball has six of nine Big 12 teams in the playoffs.

With TCU now the absolute Big 12 regular season champions, the Horned Frogs are set to host a regional again. It comes with good news and bad news. Of course it’s great to play at home and among your fans. But the best part about it is that it prevents the Frogs from playing a regional in College Station against former skipper Jim Schlossnagle. A&M is one of the hottest teams in the country right now, and for the past few weeks all screenings had TCU as the No. 2 seed in the College Station Regional. However, the bad news with this new projection is that the Fort Worth Regional’s No. 2 seed is Dallas Baptist – the team that won the Fort Worth Regional last year and has already beaten TCU twice this year. season.

TCU is the projected No. 14 seed, which means they would play the Super Regional against No. 3 Stanford if both teams win their regionals. The only other Big 12 school projected to host a regional is Oklahoma State.

In addition to the Big 12 schools, these projections have four of TCU’s non-conference opponents in the mix.

Here are some of D1Baseball.com’s projections as of May 22:

12 major schools

  • Oklahoma State– Screening of the national seed No. 14, which would have them hosting a regional in Stillwater. Their potential super regional would be in Blacksburg against No. 2 Virginia Tech
  • Oklahoma – Seed No. 2 projected in the Charlottesville area.
  • TOS– Screening of the No. 14 national seed, which would have them hosting a regional in Fort Worth with DBU, Texas State and McNeese State.
  • Texas – Screening of the No. 2 seed in College Station Regional, where Frogs fans say, “Better you than us! Good luck!”
  • Texas technology – Screening of the No. 2 seed in College Park Regional where they would potentially face No. 6 Maryland.
  • West Virginia – Projected No. 3 seed in the Blacksburg area. If they were to win this regional, they could possibly have a rematch in Stillwater with OSU.

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TCU non-conference opponents

  • Army – Seeded draft #4 in the College Station Regional.
  • Dallas Baptist – Seed No. 2 projected in the Fort Worth area.
  • state of florida – Projection of the No. 3 seed in the Auburn region.
  • Louisville – Projected National No. 7 seed and host of the Louisville Regional and potentially a super regional against the winner of the Auburn Regional.
  • UTSA – Projection of the No. 3 seed in the College Station Regional

Regional Tournament Hosts: Top 16

  1. Knoxville Regional (Tennessee)
  2. Blacksburg Regional (Virginia Tech)
  3. Stanford Area (Stanford)
  4. Corvallis Regional (State of Oregon)
  5. Coral Gables (Miami) Regional
  6. Park Regional College (Maryland)
  7. Louisville Regional (Louisville)
  8. College Station Regional (Texas A&M)
  9. Hattiesburg Regional (Southern Miss)
  10. Regional Auburn (Auburn)
  11. Charlottesville Regional (Virginia)
  12. South Bend Regional (Notre Dame)
  13. Eugene (Oregon) Regional
  14. Fort Worth Regional (TCU)
  15. Stillwater Region (State of Oklahoma)
  16. Statesboro Regional (South Georgia)

University World Series Brackets

Assuming each host team wins their regional (they won’t) and the final eight regional hosts all go on the road to play the Super Regional in the top eight teams, and assuming the top eight national seeds win all the Supers (they won’t), here’s how the brackets would be in Omaha:

bracket one

  • (1) Tennessee
  • (4) State of Oregon
  • (5) Miami
  • (8) Texas A&M

Bracket two

  • (2) Virginia Tech
  • (3) Stanford
  • (6)Maryland
  • (7) Louisville

Look for conference tournament scenarios that could alter these projections. We’ll know in seven days what the NCAA playoffs will look like.


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