How The 2020 Field Of 64 Would Have Looked


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Constructing the field: The D1Baseball Nerdcast

It’s Memorial Day —but if you’re anything like us, you probably think of it as “Selection Monday.” Of course, there will be no NCAA tournament field of 64 selection show today, so we decided to do what we could to simulate the selection experience.

The season was canceled after just four weeks, so we’ll never know how it would have played out. But we convened our own mock Division I Baseball Committee — composed of Aaron Fitt, Kendall Rogers and Mark Etheridge — to construct our own field of 64, based on how we believe the 2020 regular season would have played out.

For this exercise, we took into account what we learned over the first four weeks of the season and attempted to forecast how the rest of the season would have played out if the COVID-19 pandemic had not struck. So that means we had to decide if we thought a surprise team that raced out to a hot start was for real, or simply a product of a soft nonconference schedule.

We debated the merits of the contenders in every conference in our committee meeting, which we recorded and posted as a special edition of the D1Baseball Nerdcast, which you can listen to here. We know it’s not the same as a real Selection Show, but we hope it whets a little bit of your appetite for baseball talk on this Memorial Day.

On to the field of 64!

D1Baseball's Projected Field of 64: 2020 Season
1 Florida* (1)1 Mississippi State (16)
4 Niagara*4 Northwestern State*
3 Stetson*3 Georgia Tech
2 Coastal Carolina*2 Tulane
1 Louisville* (2)1 Arkansas (15)
4 Hartford*4 Oral Roberts*
3 Indiana3 Iowa
2 Auburn2 Oklahoma State
1 UCLA* (3)1 Long Beach State* (14)
4 Sacred Heart*4 Wright State*
3 San Diego3 Southern California
2 UC Santa Barbara2 Pepperdine*
1 Texas Tech* (4)1 UCF* (13)
4 Navy*4 Central Michigan*
3 New Mexico State*3 Alabama
2 Dallas Baptist*2 Florida State
1 Georgia (5)1 NC State (12)
4 Samford*4 North Carolina A&T*
3 Georgia Southern3 Tennessee
2 Clemson2 Michigan*
1 Ole Miss (6)1 Oklahoma (11)
4 Alabama State*4 Seton Hall*
3 Baylor3 Arizona
2 Southern Miss*2 Texas A&M
1 Miami (7)1 Duke (10)
4 Pennsylvania*4 Winthrop*
3 Northeastern3 UNC Wilmington*
2 LSU2 East Carolina
1 Arizona State (8)1 Vanderbilt (9)
4 Rhode Island*4 Belmont*
3 San Diego State*3 Virginia
2 Texas2. TCU
Projected automatic bids indicated by *

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