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The NCAA released its 16 Regional host sites Sunday night, and there was just one mild surprise with South Carolina getting a host site over other suitors such as Gonzaga, Charlotte, Pittsburgh and Southern Miss.

A few weeks ago, the NCAA released a list of 20 potential regional hosts, but some things have changed since that point. Pittsburgh went on a rough skid and dropped out of hosting contention, Southern Miss lost to Louisiana Tech twice in the conference tournament, thus moving behind the Bulldogs in the pecking order and Gonzaga dropped to 26 in the RPI after dropping two of three to San Diego at home this weekend.

Those occurrences, along with likely one-seed Old Dominion needing somewhere relatively close travel to next weekend, led to the Gamecocks hosting a regional in Columbia. The other potential option was for NC State to head to Gastonia, N.C. (Charlotte hosting) as the top seed, but the Pack probably needed to win the ACC tournament title game to earn that honor — they lost a thriller to Duke. That option was on the board.

On the surface, it would be easy to have an issue with the Gamecocks hosting. After all, they went 16-15 in SEC aggregate contests and finished the regular season losing four of their last five series, including getting blown out by Alabama in the first game of the SEC tournament. However, with the negatives, you also must illustrate the positives — the Gamecocks had a very solid RPI of 18, along with the nation’s No. 2 strength of schedule and nine wins vs. RPI Top 25 clubs to go with 11 wins vs. RPI Top 50 clubs. Sure, there are holes to be poked into South Carolina’s hosting case, but two things are likely to be true: South Carolina won’t be the No. 1 seed in its tournament and Gonzaga dropping to 26 in the RPI along with its distance from Norfolk, Va. (ODU) played a part. We’re still in a pandemic economy, so the idea of sending ODU on a plane to Spokane, Wash., likely didn’t sit well with the committee considering Columbia is just 385 miles away.

Here are your 16 Regional hosts: 

Austin, Texas (Texas) — 42-15
Columbia, S.C. (South Carolina) — 33-21
Eugene, Oregon (Oregon) — 37-14
Fayetteville, Ark. (Arkansas) — 45-10
Fort Worth, Texas (TCU) — 39-17
Gainesville, Fla. (Florida) — 38-20
Greenville, N.C. (East Carolina) — 41-15
Knoxville, Tenn. (Tennessee) — 45-15
Lubbock, Texas (Texas Tech) — 36-15
Nashville, Tenn. (Vanderbilt) — 40-15
Oxford, Miss. (Ole Miss) — 41-19
Ruston, La. (Louisiana Tech) — 40-17
South Bend, Ind. (Notre Dame) — 30-11
Stanford, Calif. (Stanford) — 33-14
Starkville, Miss. (Mississippi State) — 40-15
Tucson, Ariz. (Arizona) — 40-15

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Sutpens 100
Sutpens 100
2 months ago

Well, at least now we know that this year’s committee is not completely insane. Sending ODU as a “guest” 1 seed across the country to Spokane, as D1B projected this morning, made absolutely no sense. Will be interesting to see where the Zags & Beavers end up.

A remaining mystery is why ODU’s A.D. hasn’t already been fired for not submitting a bid.

Davis
Davis
2 months ago
Reply to  Sutpens 100

Gonazaga to Oregon for sure. Lots of possibilities for Beavers.

Sutpens 100
Sutpens 100
2 months ago
Reply to  Davis

So did D1B take down your comment about that other site? It certainly is gone. Kind of thin-skinned around here?

Sutpens 100
Sutpens 100
2 months ago
Reply to  Sutpens 100

I’ll take that as a yes.

James
James
2 months ago

I tried and tried to tell y’all a Columbia Regional was coming. South Carolina had a season just outside consideration for one of the Top 16 seeds (RPI 18, SOS 5) and they play in a large stadium in an easily accessible capital city. It just made sense to send ODU there if it became clear that they would be selected as a #1 regional seed.

Shows what the “experts” at D1 know about projecting the tournament. They got too wrapped up in trying to fit 10 ACC teams into the bracket, and also fell for the hype of mid-majors like Gonzaga, La Tech, So Miss, and Charlotte.

Sutpens 100
Sutpens 100
2 months ago
Reply to  James

The “hype” about La Tech & USM was real, those are both very good teams and the winner of their bracket is hosting. No one ever projected they would both host.

I’m sure the fans in Columbia will show great appreciation to ODU. I went to the last Ole Miss series there 2 or 3 years ago. The city & stadium are terrific, and the fans could not have been more gracious & welcoming to strangers.

Ronnie Fulton
Ronnie Fulton
2 months ago
Reply to  Sutpens 100

You must have been drinking***

Sutpens 100
Sutpens 100
2 months ago
Reply to  Ronnie Fulton

Well, yeah, but they were still nice. Loved Columbia, would go back in a flash for another series if timing is right.

a9131629
a9131629
2 months ago

Arkansas has wins over 10 of the 15 hosts….

Sindaul
Sindaul
2 months ago
Reply to  a9131629

And a 20-4 record against them overall….

Swampfox
Swampfox
2 months ago
Reply to  a9131629

South Carolina has 6 wins over the 15 hosts. Maybe the committee got it right.

Dmax
Dmax
2 months ago
Reply to  Swampfox

I love the spin. “6 wins over the 15 hosts”, with no mention of all the losses.

Sutpens 100
Sutpens 100
2 months ago
Reply to  a9131629

Ole Miss has 12 wins against the other hosts…and likely as many losses. What a fun game to play!

Sutpens 100
Sutpens 100
2 months ago
Reply to  Sutpens 100

Oops, I was counting wins, not hosts. I think Ws over 8 separate hosts.

Sindaul
Sindaul
2 months ago
Reply to  Sutpens 100

And Arkansas is 17-4 on the road/neutral site against those hosts. With only 3 of those wins being at home. So much fun!

gpatek
gpatek
2 months ago

I knew this coming, too much love to the sec, you sc a home regional,but getting blown out in the tourney,gonzaga getting screwed, and the committee is going to put lsu in the tourney,they also lost.I have been following college basball all my life,

James
James
2 months ago
Reply to  gpatek

Same old, same old from the commentariat on this site. It’s always anti-SEC rhetoric from haters like you, never a dispassionate examination of the facts.

No one who has followed college baseball their whole life could honestly claim that Gonzaga got “screwed” by not getting selected to host this year. They simply did not have the resume necessary to earn one. Period.

Dmax
Dmax
2 months ago
Reply to  James

Thats the argument…..” they simply didn’t have the resume”, as if South Carolina does.

Greg
Greg
2 months ago
Reply to  gpatek

For context… SC always gets blown out of tourney… Even years when they win a national title…

Ronnie Fulton
Ronnie Fulton
2 months ago
Reply to  gpatek

Gpatek, not trying to be disrespectful, but in my lifetime the SEC has over taken the West Coast in college baseball and softball…beach volleyball is next on our list****

John Donachie
John Donachie
2 months ago
Reply to  Ronnie Fulton

You forgot hoops!!!!🏀⚾️🏉

Jon
Jon
2 months ago
Reply to  gpatek

Waah.. Waah..Waah.. Same old whiny bitch…lmao at the SEC haters.. Snowflake

Dmax
Dmax
2 months ago
Reply to  Jon

Same response from people that can’t make a legitimate argument justifying why they are treated so well.

gpatek
gpatek
2 months ago

To my last comment, let’s make these regionals equal.stop giving sec what they want, its a great game to follow and love, I want to see a great tourney, please showingvthe love to the sec.

Woody jones
Woody jones
2 months ago

The Sec bias is ridiculous 7 host sits seems the committee doing everything possible to insure a title. No way I am convinced USC among others are worthy. Shame foe not spreading around different venues. Why not USF or Duke?

James
James
2 months ago
Reply to  Woody jones

Why not Duke? Because the season is about more than your final 12 games.

Dmax
Dmax
2 months ago
Reply to  James

South Carolina wasn’t as good in ANY 12 game stretch so….

Sutpens 100
Sutpens 100
2 months ago
Reply to  Woody jones

Um…because neither were in the 20 finalists announced WEEKS ago. Claim to follow college baseball much, do you?

And if this were a normal year w/o pre-determined finalists, neither Duke nor UCF would’ve made the cut. Congrats to both for winning their conference tournaments, but that wouldn’t have been nearly enough to even get them in the host discussion in non-Covid times.

JUDDSON RUPP
2 months ago
Reply to  Woody jones

UofSC is a not only a legitimate contender with the 2nd toughest schedule in the nation, they’ve played 4 of the top 5 teams in the nation. The Gamecocks stadium holds 2x to 3x more fans than a Duke or USF to answer the last question. Economics, access to a viable city and worthy host -all make sense for this tough SEC school to host since ODU and others like Duke and Charlotte don’t have the stadium sizes to support hosting.

Dmax
Dmax
2 months ago
Reply to  JUDDSON RUPP

Sorry, the tough schedule argument goes out the window when you lose to the large majority of them. Anybody can do that.

Darryl W. Cooper
Darryl W. Cooper
2 months ago
Reply to  Woody jones

If you want to host, you have to submit a bid worthy of hosting as well as have a legitimate hosting venue.

Shue
Shue
2 months ago

And up the ante (NCAA guarantee $$$)!!!! Schools BUY regionals.

Sutpens 100
Sutpens 100
2 months ago
Reply to  Shue

What utter bullshit. Yes, if the resumes are very close, how many tickets you can sell may be a deciding factor…but I’ve never seen money tip the scales in favor of an obviously unqualified team over an obviously qualified one.

Under your conspiracy theory, in 2015, when 2 seed Ole Miss was shipped out to overall #1 seed UCLA to play in front of 1200 (tops) screaming fans, the NCAA would’ve sent UCLA to Oxford where there would have been 12,000 screaming fans (per home team game). It didn’t work out that way, and Ole Miss came home as fast as it could.

I didn’t feel like UCLA was undeserving of its seeding, or that OM should have been a 1 seed, only wished we could have lost closer to home. (UCLA lost MUCH closer to home, and 3 seed Maryland won, played a super against paired 3 seed UVA…which ultimately won the national championship).

You really have no idea what you’re talking about.

Last edited 2 months ago by Sutpens 100
John Donachie
John Donachie
2 months ago
Reply to  Woody jones

Or Creighton?

Husker From Omaha
Husker From Omaha
2 months ago

If there’s any justice in baseball then conferences that chose to play in conference only should at most only get the auto qualifiers in and should all be 4 seeds in their perspective regional. Just my opinion. Truthfully, I’d be ok if they were completely excluded. Maybe then the conference school Presidents and AD’s might grow some backbone.

Jon
Jon
2 months ago

Waah.. Waah.. Waah..

Sutpens 100
Sutpens 100
2 months ago

IMO…B1G, ACC, MAAC, et al, injured our sport when they limited OOC play. I agree there should be consequences for foolish decisions, but not exclusions from, or artificial limitations on, participation.

The consequences should be that those conferences are judged by the same rules as those who fully participated & by the same rules that have governed admission to the tournament and hosting decisions in recent years. RPI still matters, and if certain conferences hamstrung their teams & blew up their RPI, tough luck. Take it up with your own Presidents & A.D.s if you don’t like the results.

michael reimer
michael reimer
2 months ago
Reply to  Sutpens 100

Only Notre Dame (in the ACC did that). Duke played a full non conference schedule, mid week game every week!

Sutpens 100
Sutpens 100
2 months ago
Reply to  michael reimer

Right, I get it, so no ACC schools have any reason to complain about RPI as a criteria for whether Pitt is in or out, or whether any of the full time members of the ACC should have hosted along with your part time “friend” in South Bend…who doesn’t follow the rules.

Clemson Lady
Clemson Lady
2 months ago
Reply to  Sutpens 100

Totally agree. First time in 50 years that I can remember no ACC team hosting a regional. ACC was down this year and lost a lot of their ooc games. Most of the ACC teams only played 6 less games. Ppl complain, then fire your coach, like I hope Monte gets the ax.

ant
ant
2 months ago
Reply to  Clemson Lady

the acc is hosting huh south bend

Jon
Jon
2 months ago

Ok SEC haters..pretty simple concept.. The best conference deserves the most hosting sites..put that in your pipe and smoke it..

MAFich
MAFich
2 months ago
Reply to  Jon

Softball had 5 or 6 SEC hosts. Alabama is the only one is the CWS that hosted and I doubt they will get past UCLA. Georgia, that handed OU one of their two loses this year, will probably do better and they did not even get to host.So while hosting might be a factor, if you can’t beat so called inferior teams, it doesn’t mean much. Let it happen on the field. SEC has 14 teams so they should have more. It is basically two conferences.

Dmax
Dmax
2 months ago
Reply to  Jon

Agreed. Deserve the most hosting spots, but only for the teams that actually deserve it.

Donald Peterson
Donald Peterson
2 months ago

Not entirely sure Columbia is deserving……

Sutpens 100
Sutpens 100
2 months ago

Of course you’re not.

Dmax
Dmax
2 months ago

Oh you can be sure….they don’t.

Matthew
Matthew
2 months ago

Im tired of the SEC getting special treatment every year..The only reason they do is because THEY go around claiming to be the gest.They are the best Self promoters out there and their Committee members are biased and unfair…to hell with the sec

James
James
2 months ago
Reply to  Matthew

The SEC doesn’t CLAIM to be the best, they PROVE it on the field year in and year out. Am I guaranteeing an SEC team wins it all this season? Nope. It’s baseball, so anything can happen. But I’d place a bet on the SEC representation against the field any day of the week and twice on Sunday.

This constant crybaby nonsense from some of you haters is really beyond pathetic at this point. Grow up.

Dmax
Dmax
2 months ago
Reply to  James

Typical internet disagreement. Both whine, neither brings any facts to the table.

ARKANSAS904
ARKANSAS904
2 months ago
Reply to  Matthew

As a Razorbacks fan I would be more than happy for Arkansas to give up their regional hosting spot this year to ease some of the butthurt in this comment section.

Who wants them? Speak up lol

WereGoingECU
2 months ago

Another Regional Host for the Pirates. Very strong team with power pitching and strong hitting. They can also play small ball and are great defensively. Look for ECU to make a push for their 1st College World Series appearance in program history. Go Pirates!!! We’re Going!!!!! This is for Coach LeClair!!!!!!

Jon
Jon
2 months ago
Reply to  WereGoingECU

Solid team.. Good luck to you

HankKimball
2 months ago

Here’s another for the sec haters. Don’t sleep on LSU. They are better than their sec record and probably will make a deep run in tournament. I see them easily winning about 6 or 7 of the projected regional sites.

Sutpens 100
Sutpens 100
2 months ago
Reply to  HankKimball

If they play all 9 innings…

Dmax
Dmax
2 months ago
Reply to  HankKimball

Based on what?

ARKANSAS904
ARKANSAS904
2 months ago
Reply to  HankKimball

I hope they don’t even make it to the tournament.

But if they do I hope they get put in the Fayetteville Regional.

There is no way that LSU should be rewarded for pushing out Manieri to pacify a bunch of whiny ass LSU fans

Jon
Jon
2 months ago

Go Gators..!!

Luis Cervantes
Luis Cervantes
2 months ago

Why didn’t UC Irvine get to host? This is the conference with Cal State Fullerton, Long Beach State and won it outright.

John Rocha
John Rocha
2 months ago

Only 1 ACC team hosting? That’s outrageous for one of the best conferences in baseball. SEC is not hands down better than the ACC.

chris napolion
chris napolion
2 months ago

How did notre dame get a regional acc was just terrible