by Carl James • @jovian34 • April 18
This is a different kind of bracket – and it will change over time
Bracket predictions are all over the place now on just about any site that covers national Division I College baseball. This field is different. I am not “projecting” with this bracket. This is if the committee had to put the field together today. This is generated by a computer program that I wrote to rank the teams and take multiple factors like geography into account when assigning teams to regionals. This is results-based, using an approximation of techniques to try an match the priorities the NCAA committee showed in the 2018 tournament selection.
Hosts by conference:
SEC: 8, Pac-12: 4, ACC: 2, Big West and American: 1 each
The Indiana Hoosiers are the #2 seed in the Louisville Regional in this model.
============================= Region: 1 Host: UCLA of the Pac-12 2-seed: OLE MISS of the SEC 3-seed: EVANSVILLE of the Missouri Valley 4-seed: OMAHA of the The Summit League ============================== Region: 16 Host: AUBURN of the SEC 2-seed: MIAMI (FL) of the ACC 3-seed: BRYANT of the Northeast 4-seed: LIBERTY of the Atlantic Sun ============================== Region: 8 Host: ARKANSAS of the SEC 2-seed: CONNECTICUT of the American Athletic 3-seed: OKLAHOMA STATE of the Big 12 4-seed: MIAMI (OH) of the Mid-American ============================== Region: 9 Host: MISSISSIPPI STATE of the SEC 2-seed: CREIGHTON of the Big East 3-seed: SAM HOUSTON STATE of the Southland 4-seed: WRIGHT STATE of the Horizon League ============================== Region: 4 Host: LOUISVILLE of the ACC 2-seed: INDIANA of the Big Ten 3-seed: KENTUCKY of the SEC 4-seed: MOREHEAD STATE of the Ohio Valley ============================== Region: 13 Host: ARIZONA STATE of the Pac-12 2-seed: BYU of the West Coast 3-seed: HOUSTON of the American Athletic 4-seed: VCU of the Atlantic 10 ============================== Region: 5 Host: VANDERBILT of the SEC 2-seed: NORTH CAROLINA of the ACC 3-seed: CALIFORNIA of the Pac-12 4-seed: UNCG of the Southern ============================== Region: 12 Host: TENNESSEE of the SEC 2-seed: NEBRASKA of the Big Ten 3-seed: TEXAS of the Big 12 4-seed: CAMPBELL of the Big South ============================== Region: 3 Host: OREGON STATE of the Pac-12 2-seed: MISSOURI of the SEC 3-seed: FRESNO STATE of the Mountain West 4-seed: HARVARD of the Ivy League ============================== Region: 14 Host: TEXAS A&M of the SEC 2-seed: BAYLOR of the Big 12 3-seed: DALLAS BAPTIST of the Missouri Valley 4-seed: UTRGV of the Western Athletic ============================== Region: 6 Host: GEORGIA of the SEC 2-seed: CLEMSON of the ACC 3-seed: COASTAL CAROLINA of the Sun Belt 4-seed: CHARLESTON of the Colonial Athletic ============================== Region: 11 Host: GEORGIA TECH of the ACC 2-seed: WEST VIRGINIA of the Big 12 3-seed: FLORIDA of the SEC 4-seed: STONY BROOK of the America East ============================== Region: 7 Host: UC SANTA BARBARA of the Big West 2-seed: OREGON of the Pac-12 3-seed: LOYOLA-MARYMOUNT of the West Coast 4-seed: MARIST of the MAAC ============================== Region: 10 Host: EAST CAROLINA of the American Athletic 2-seed: NORTH CAROLINA STATE of the ACC 3-seed: ILLINOIS of the Big Ten 4-seed: NORTH CAROLINA A&T of the MEAC ============================== Region: 2 Host: STANFORD of the Pac-12 2-seed: UC IRVINE of the Big West 3-seed: ILLINOIS STATE of the Missouri Valley 4-seed: NAVY of the Patriot League ============================== Region: 15 Host: LSU of the SEC 2-seed: TEXAS TECH of the Big 12 3-seed: LOUISIANA TECH of the Conference USA 4-seed: SOUTHERN of the SWAC