Five Big 12 teams will be participating in the 2014 NCAA Baseball Championship, and here’s all the information you need to know about them in the regional round of the tournament.
The Regional round begins on Friday with 16 groups of four teams play a in a double-elimination format. Here’s where all five Big 12 teams will be playing:
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TCU has the only national seed for a Big 12 team. Here are all eight national seeds in numerical order:
- Oregon State Beavers
- Florida Gators
- Virginia Cavaliers
- Indiana Hoosiers
- Florida State Seminoles
- Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns
- TCU Horned Frogs
- LSU Tigers
Plenty of other teams had their chances for one of the top eight national seeds. Oklahoma State likely had a chance if they could have come back to win the Big 12 tournament on the final day, but TCU likely received a boost to grab a seed by winning it themselves.
If Texas did make the championship, they likely would have kept the Big 12 from receiving any national seeds.
Here’s some information from the Big 12’s official athletic website on how successful of a baseball season it’s been for a conference that’s generally not a baseball powerhouse, and some of their history in regional play.
"The Big 12 finished the regular season with the second-best conference RPI in the nation, all nine of its teams in the NCAA RPI top 100 and six squads in the NCAA RPI top 40. The conference has earned five or more NCAA berths in all but three years since the league’s inception in 1997.The Big 12’s five selections ties for the third-most by one conference in this year’s event. Overall, the Big 12 has totaled 95 NCAA appearances and is 185-138 in Regional games, including an 18-8 mark over the last two years. The Big 12 has sent multiple teams to Super Regional action in 12 years, including each of the past four seasons. Additionally, the league has had 15 teams advance to the College World Series."
Finally, here’s the slate for Friday’s opening games:
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Because the rest of the weekend schedule will vary, those schedules will be posted at the beginning of the day before the action.