After losing their final two games of the regular season, the Arizona Wildcats kind of played their way out of a potential Regional hosting position.
They may have also played themselves even farther away from home.
The 16 NCAA Tournament Regional host sites were announced on Sunday evening, and even though there are three West Coast Regionals this year, Arizona can only be in one of them, and that’s Long Beach.
Throughout the year, major national sites consistently projected Arizona either in its own Regional or the Long Beach Regional, but things have changed here at the end of the year.
Baseball America has Arizona going very far east, all the way to Winston-Salem to end up in the Regional hosted by Wake Forest.
D1Baseball does not ship the Wildcats as far off as BA did. They have Arizona going to Fort Worth to take on a likely national seed in TCU.
The thing that both projections have in common is that Baylor is the new 2-seed in the Fullerton Regional, and UCLA is there as the 3-seed. The Bruins are firmly on the bubble, so whether they even make the field or not will have a huge impact on where Arizona will end up.
Baylor being the 2-seed is interesting too. There are three Regionals in Texas, but the only one the Bears could go to is Houston. Both projections have Texas going to Houston as the Big 12 representative.
Either way, the uncertainty will be ended Monday morning at 9 AM PT. The Selection Show will be broadcast on ESPN2.