The NCAA Baseball Tournament kicks off next weekend. The selection show is Monday at 9 a.m. Pacific time. Saturday and Sunday are the semifinals and finals of the remaining conference tournaments in college baseball. Where is USC on the bubble with just two days to go before the 64-team entry field is announced?
In a very good position, it turns out. Kendall Rogers, the editor-in-chief of the highly respected site D1Baseball.com, released its latest NCAA Tournament projections and bubble breakdowns Saturday morning, with just two game days left before the tournament field is revealed. USC enters the tournament and is seeded #3 in the Stillwater (Oklahoma) region hosted by the state of Oklahoma. USC is not one of the “last four teams in” the field, which is remarkable.
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Arizona State is a team of the last four. The Sun Devils may be eliminated if Arizona wins the Pac-12 Tournament championship against Oregon on Saturday. USC is not in the same precarious situation as ASU. The very last team in the field as of Saturday morning is Oklahoma, but the Sooners are out of the Big 12 Tournament. They can’t go up. Notre Dame is one of the first four teams to leave the field and the Fighting Irish are eliminated from the ACC Tournament. They can’t go up.
USC is expected to participate in the NCAA Baseball Tournament for the first time since 2015. Monday morning we will find out where the Trojans are going.