It has already been pointed out on this site at length, but this weekend reinforced the mediocrity of the teams in California. Only UC Irvine and UCLA have played well enough to host a regional and the bracket reflects that. If teams like Cal State Fullerton and San Diego don’t start to pick up the pieces, the committee will have their hands full with trying to accommodate for travel and avoiding seeding teams from the same conference in a regional together…trust me, it was hard enough this week. Continue reading CBB Column: 2010 NCAA Tourney Projections
FROM NCAA RELEASE
INDIANAPOLIS—To commemorate the final Series being played in Omaha’s Johnny Rosenblatt Stadium during the 2010 Men’s College World Series, the NCAA is asking baseball fans to help select the College World Series Legends Team.
The Legends Team will represent those student-athletes who had the best CWS performances throughout the 60 years the event has been played at Rosenblatt Stadium.
I have to start with an apology for last week. Last week’s bracket has several large omissions, including the inexcusable absence of Arizona State from the initial bracket. I have revamped my efforts and hopefully come up with a set formula to avoid mistakes like last week. Hopefully this week there will be less comments pointing out faults, and more discussing the merits of the teams in the field of 64. Continue reading CBB Column: NCAA Regional Projections (March 11th)
The Omaha-Herald reports that ESPN has pushed back the start times of the College World Series as the World Cup will be going on at the same time. The weekday opening games will now begin at 3:30pm in Omaha while the night games will start at 8pm. This is an interesting development as the East Coast will see the night games start at 9pm and will not bring in high ratings.
And you thought last week featured some marquee match-ups…
There were the showcase tournaments like the Big East/Big Ten Challenge, Baseball at the Beach, Dodgertown Classic, and the Rice Invitational. Then there were premier out-of-conference match-ups like Texas v. Stanford and East Carolina v. South Carolina. I have to say I grew up in the right era for college baseball. Fan, scouts, and scribes were spread out across the country and they were treated to some fantastic baseball.
The season is now one week old and while its still very early to be jumping to any rash conclusions, there was a lot of moving and shaking in the brackets. Instead of boring you all with long sentences strung together to form paragraphs, I thought it might be fun to introduce my new way of unveiling the brackets called “7 things we learned”.
Although the season has yet to begin, it is never too early to begin speculating about which 64 teams will make it to Regionals and potentially Omaha. Keep in mind nobody has played any games yet All of this is based on preseason expectations, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t fun to do for discussion.
Feel free to email me if I am blatantly off the mark or if any team is missing. Just be gentle, after all, this is the best time of the year.