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Auburn Snubbed by NCAA Selection Committee, Looks to be Last Team Standing in Raleigh Regional

By on May 28th, 2018 in Baseball, News 9 Comments »

Auburn coach Butch Thompson is taking his second team to the NCAA tournament. The Tigers first back-to-back appearance in 15 years. (photo: Dennis Victory/al.com)

For the second consecutive year Auburn baseball will play in an NCAA regional. The NCAA Selection Committee announced today the Tigers will be the No. 2 seed at the Raleigh Regional. The Tigers will face No. 3 seed Northeastern in their opening game on Friday. No. 4 army will play No. 1 seed NC State in the second game.

It’s an inexplicable surprise to see the committee grant State a host site over Auburn. After advancing to the winner’s bracket last week in the SEC Tourney, most prognosticators thought the Tigers had done more than enough to be one of the 16 national seeds.

The Tigers had  the No. 13 RPI, No. 8 strength of schedule and a 19–19 record against RPI top-50 teams—10 more than the Wolfpack. It was particularly egregious considering the Wolfpack played the 32nd strength of schedule while finishing with the No. 20 RPI and won only 9 games against RPI top-50 teams.

Ten SEC teams were chosen to play in the NCAA Tournament, including four teams  selected to host regionals (Florida, Georgia, Arkansas, and Ole Miss). One can only assume the committee did not want to give the league a fifth regional host.

There’s nothing the Tigers can do about the selection but they can do something about the snub—win.

Last year’s team narrowly missed winning the Tallahasse Regional and advancing to the Super Regional. Coach Bruce Thompson said this year there is more motivation to finish strong. “We want to finish a tournament,” Thompson said. “We want to be the last one left standing.”

If Casey Mize is on his game and the Tiger bats are popping, then this writer feels confident Auburn will make it to the next level.

Go Tigers!

9 Comments

  1. Jason Wright says:

    This stinks, plain and simple!
    But Tgere got to got to take care of business.

  2. audude audude says:

    Being the last team standing will make up for the snub. Winning has a way of doing that.

    WDE

  3. friedca friedca says:

    Sucks they didn’t get to host, but selfishly I’m pumped as I just moved to Raleigh and will be going to some of the games. War Eagle!

  4. GreenvilleAUfan GreenvilleAUfan says:

    This is crazy!

    Why does selection committee not stick to their declared metrics. Seems some years, a team with a good record doesn’t make it in because of their low RPI and then in another year a team with the same type record is chosen to host. It makes no sense. As ATM points out in this post, there’s no doubt Auburn should be hosting.

    But on the other hand, I like Auburn’s chances. I think things look good for Tigers in the first round. And yes in the second round, mighty Florida can be beat, Tigers did it during the season and Gators haven’t really been playing their best ball as of late so there’s no guarantee they even make it to the second round.

  5. Tigerpharm says:

    Auburn handled Northeastern pretty easily back during the regular season. 1st round should be ok.

  6. easyedwin easyedwin says:

    AUT,
    I am happy we are not at FSU again!
    Our problem is lack of run support; plain and simple.
    I know our league is good, but being shut out by Old Mississippi was embarrassing.
    Coach Gabe Gross should make them hit all this week in practice.
    Hit,hit,hit,hit,hit.
    Run production!

    • ATL_AU_FAN ATL_AU_FAN says:

      I think that last game against Ole Miss was crucial in the decision-making process. Win that one and, I think, the storyline would be different.

  7. easyedwin easyedwin says:

    Raleigh is a good town. NCSU is a cool campus.
    Hillsbourough street is like our Toomers Corner.
    There are plenty of hotels and good restaurants in Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill.

    Wardam, errybody!

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