Selection Storylines: Analyzing The BubblePostseason
Every college team across the land wants to see its name pop up on the screen on College Baseball’s version of Christmas Day. NCAA regional selection day. While 20 or so teams are looking to host, there’s another group of teams who just want the opportunity to pack a bag and keep playing. Anyone, anywhere. Put us in coach, we’re ready to play.
Pending stolen bids, there could be as many as eight spots available for teams we’d classify as on the bubble. A few are still playing, hoping for the automatic bid. The rest are pulling for chalk winners like West Virginia, Connecticut and Nebraska in conference tournament finals, maximizing the at-large availability on Monday. These are exciting times to be a fan, but it can be confusing with all of the information floating around. To help this process, we profile 15 bubble clubs heading into Sunday.
Florida 33-24, #29 – The Gators lost to Texas A&M Tuesday in a game where they played well but came up short in an 8-7 setback. Their 13-17 SEC regular season mark, now 13-18, is the huge negative for them. The Gators went 5-17 against the top 25 but did get better against the top 50 at 14-19, with five of those victory coming against Alabama and Kentucky – the two teams that missed out on the 12-team SEC Tournament. That said, their overall SOS is no. 4, their nonconference SOS is 34 and they are playing pretty well down the stretch, as evidenced by their road sweep of Missouri. It’s a matter of perception for their case … this is one of those teams that has talent and has underachieved. They pass the eye-test, but the results don’t match the lens prescription.
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