College Baseball Tournament Projections: Hosts, Bubble Teams, and Top 16 Reveal

As the regular season winds down, the anticipation for the NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament reaches a fever pitch. The field of 64 teams is taking shape, with the top 16 national seeds set to be revealed soon.

Projected Hosting Sites

The eight regional hosts for the tournament have been projected as follows:

  • East: North Carolina, Florida
  • South: Mississippi State, Auburn
  • Midwest: Indiana, Oklahoma
  • West: Arizona, Stanford

Line Bubble Teams

Several teams are currently on the bubble for hosting a regional. These include:

  • East: Virginia, Clemson
  • South: Arkansas, Tennessee
  • Midwest: Illinois, Louisville
  • West: Oregon, Washington

Top 16 National Seeds

While the full Top 16 seeds will not be announced until later this month, projections suggest the following teams are likely to earn that distinction:

  • East: North Carolina
  • South: Mississippi State
  • Midwest: Indiana
  • West: Arizona

Other Projected Participants

In addition to the hosting sites and top 16 seeds, other teams that are projected to make the tournament include:

  • East: Virginia, Clemson, Louisville, Wake Forest, Georgia Tech
  • South: Arkansas, Tennessee, LSU, Ole Miss, Vandy
  • Midwest: Oklahoma, Illinois, Iowa, Purdue, Nebraska
  • West: Oregon, Washington, UCLA, Cal, Pepperdine


The SEC is the most well-represented conference in the projected field, with 11 teams. The ACC is second with 7 teams, followed by the Big 12 and Pac-12 with 5 teams each.

The biggest surprises among the projected participants are Illinois and Iowa from the Big Ten Conference. Both teams have emerged as contenders this season and are in line for their first NCAA Tournament appearances in several years.

Meanwhile, teams like LSU, Ole Miss, and Vandy, which have been regular participants in the tournament in recent years, are projected to miss out this season.

Bubble Watch

The teams most likely to make the field on the bubble are:

  • East: Clemson
  • South: Tennessee
  • Midwest: Louisville
  • West: Washington

These teams will need to finish the regular season strong and perform well in their conference tournaments to secure their spots.

Top 16 Seeds

The Top 16 seeds are the teams with the highest RPIs and most impressive resumes. They will receive a first-round bye in the regional round and will play host to the rest of the teams in their region.


As the regular season comes to a close, the NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament is set to provide plenty of drama and excitement. The field of 64 teams is taking shape, with the top 16 national seeds set to be revealed soon. Numerous teams are still battling for a spot in the tournament, while others are looking to secure a hosting site. The NCAA Tournament Selection Show will take place on May 29th, when the full field will be announced.

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