In a year where the Pac-12 has been pretty weak, people still thought that there would be a Regional put somewhere in the west.
Tucson and the Arizona Wildcats looked like the most likely choice, but that will not be the case.
Boasting an RPI of 22 heading into the announcement, the committee decided to leave the Wildcats out. No team with an RPI lower than 17 will be hosting. The only team in the top 16 not to host? Coastal Carolina.
The full field of 64 will be announced Monday morning at 9 AM PT on ESPNU. We will find out how far Arizona will have to travel. The closest possible location is Lubbock, Texas, which is a little over nine hour drive from Tucson. There are seven hosts from the SEC (a new record), and six from the ACC. Frankly, the Pac-12 and the other west coast schools weren't good enough to earn it. Watch the ACC and SEC teams play and you'll see a huge gap in the level of competition this year.
- Baton Rouge, LA (LSU)
- Charlottesville, VA (Virginia)
- Clemson, SC (Clemson)
- College Station, TX (Texas A&M)
- Columbia, SC (South Carolina)
- Coral Gables, FL (Miami)
- Fort Worth, TX (TCU)
- Gainesville, FL (Florida)
- Lafayette, LA (Louisiana-Lafayette)
- Louisville, KY (Louisville)
- Lubbock, TX (Texas Tech)
- Nashville, TN (Vanderbilt)
- Oxford, MS (Ole Miss)
- Raleigh, NC (NC State)
- Starkville, MS (Mississippi State)
- Tallahassee, FL (Florida State)
NCAA baseball regional sites. I'm jealous of the SE portion of the country for the first time. pic.twitter.com/nKSvObP3jT— Eric Longenhagen (@longenhagen) May 30, 2016