MIAMI, FL, Sporting Alert — The following are the national seeds heading into what is expected to be a very exciting NCAA tournament, which kicks off with the regional tournaments this week.
Pac-12 champion Oregon State, which established a conference record with 27 league wins, is the No. 1 overall seed, the NCAA revealed on Monday.
The Beavers, who finished the term with a 49-4 record, were the nation’s most dominant team this season and they will be looking to carry over that form into the postseason.
“I can’t tell you that I’d ever think that anybody should be 49-4,” Oregon State coach Pat Casey was quoted as saying.
“Forty-nine and four is pretty special, we get that, and we’re aware of that and it’s impressive. But it means nothing from here forward.”
Despite losing to Florida State in the ACC tournament over the weekend, North Carolina is listed as the No. 2 after winning 18 of its last 22 games.
The Tar Heels (47-12) missed the NCAA national tournament the past two years and they are hoping to make a deep run into this year’s tournament.
Florida (42-16), which fell in the semifinals of the SEC tournament at the weekend, is No. 3.
The Gators were the top seed in 2016.
SEC tournament champion LSU (43-17) is the fourth seed this year.
The remaining national seeds, are Texas Tech (43-15), TCU (42-16), Louisville (47-10) and Stanford (40-14).
Action from the 16 regionals will get going on Friday, June 2.
Seven conferences are represented among the host schools and the winners will advance to eight best-of-three super regionals.
The winners from the super regionals will progress to the College World Series in Omaha.
Meanwhile, the Miami Hurricanes’ 44-year streak in the NCAA tournament ended on Monday after the ACC outfits were not selected among the 64 teams to play in the national tournament.
The Hurricanes, who finished the campaign with a 31-27 record, haven’t missed the NCAA tournament since 1972.
They won four national titles in that period.
—Photo by Oregon State Athletics
NCAA TOURNAMENT 64 TEAMS
|Southeastern||8 (Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi St., Texas A&M, Vanderbilt)|
|Atlantic Coast||7 (Clemson, Florida St., Louisville, North Carolina, North Carolina St., Virginia, Wake Forest)|
|Big 12||7 (Baylor, Oklahoma, Oklahoma St., TCU, Texas, Texas Tech, West Virginia)|
|Big Ten||5 (Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Nebraska)|
|Pacific-12||4 (Arizona, Oregon St., Stanford, UCLA)|
|American Athletic||3 (Houston, South Fla., UCF)|
|Big East||2 [St. John’s (NY), Xavier]|
|Big West||2 (Cal St. Fullerton, Long Beach St.)|
|Conference USA||2 (Rice, Southern Miss.)|
|Missouri Valley||2 (DBU, Missouri St.)|
|Southland||2 (Sam Houston St., Southeastern La.)|
|America East||1 (UMBC)|
|Atlantic Sun||1 (FGCU)|
|Big South||1 (Radford)|
|Metro Atlantic||1 (Marist)|
|Mountain West||1 (San Diego St.)|
|Northeast||1 (Central Conn. St.)|
|Ohio Valley||1 (Tennessee Tech)|
|Patriot||1 (Holy Cross)|
|Southwestern||1 (Texas Southern)|
|Summit||1 (Oral Roberts)|
|Sun Belt||1 (South Ala.)|
|West Coast||1 (BYU)|
|Western Athletic||1 (Sacramento St.)|