Which became interesting when the "last four in" seeds were displayed on the ESPN2 broadcast. Tech went 43-15 this year, went 16-8 in a deep Big 12, and they have a record of 16-11 against the RPI top 50.
The Big Ten had two No. 3 seeds in MI (42-15) and Maryland (37-21). Other teams in the regional are top-seeded Louisville and No.4 Radford. "I've worked side by side with (coach) Matt Bragga from Tennessee Tech so I know they're going to swing it like insane", Thompson said. "We're going to go down there and get the job done". Over its five-game stretch in the tournament, Arkansas hit.309 as a team with 42 runs scored, 51 hits, and 10 home runs, which were the second-most in tournament history and most in the last 20 years.
West Virginia will play its sixth NCAA Tournament in North Carolina and the first in Winston Salem. OSU and Oral Roberts are quite familiar with each other, as the in-state rivals have played each other three times this season. But before we get too far ahead of ourselves Clemson has to actually win the Regional. "I feel like where we're at now, we can just go out and have fun and good things will happen".
Danny Hrbek, who not only starts at shortstop but is Radford's No. 2 starting pitcher this year, is the only remaining regular from the team's 2015 batting order. They deserve a bid, they earned a bid.
MI infielder Jake Bivens talks about the NCAA tournament. IN and N.C. State will begin at 7 p.m. ET. I know Florida State's as hot as anybody in America. "But we're coming in very motivated as well". It has won 14 of its last 17 games. Maryland (37-21) finished 15-9 in the Big Ten and was No. 34 in Monday's RPI. "We definitely have a chance to shock a couple teams".
Playing in Chapel Hill with the tournament's No. 2 overall seed, they'll get a chance to prove it. That apparently set them back and hurt their resumé with the selection committee.
Bakich entered the day expecting the chance to make the field was "50/50".
In addition to Iowa, the Big Ten sends Nebraska, Indiana, Maryland and MI. The bad news is another year in the NCAA tournament brings up painful recent postseason memories. "I think our guys feel that way".