As Clemson prepares to take the field against Louisville today, The Clemson Insider releases our initial bubble watch for the 2019 NCAA Baseball Tournament.
For a quick review, the field is made up of 64 teams split into 16 regional sites. The 64 teams consist of 31 automatic bids and 33 at-large selections.
We will break the bracket down into hosts, one-bid leagues, likely one-bid leagues, safely in, and then the bubble. Check back each day as we update the bubble as conference tournament progress.
Hosts (16 teams)
|Arkansas||East Carolina||Georgia||Georgia Tech|
|Louisville||Miami (FL)||Mississippi State||NC State|
|Oklahoma State||Oregon State||Stanford||Texas A&M|
|Texas Tech||UCLA||UC Santa Barbara||Vanderbilt|
One-Bid Leagues (16 teams)
|America East||Big South||Colonial||Horizon|
|Teams in BOLD have won the automatic bid.|
Likely One-Bid Leagues (6 teams)
|Atlantic 10||VCU||Atlantic Sun||Liberty|
|Big East||Creighton||Mountain West||Fresno State|
|Sun Belt||Texas State||West Coast||BYU|
|If any of these teams do not win the conference tournament, then they would at least
move to the bubble. Creighton is a lock to make the tournament, while BYU and
Fresno State would be very strong at-large candidates as well.
Safely In The Field (17 teams)
|Connecticut||Dallas Baptist||Florida Atlantic||Illinois|
|Illinois State||Indiana||Indiana State||LSU|
|Nebraska||North Carolina||Ole Miss||Tennessee|
Bubble IN (9 spots)
Bubble OUT (8 teams)
|Compared to most years there is an extremely soft bubble which means one win or loss could shift a team multiple spots as the metrics change.|
|Key components that the selection committee will look at include: Conference Record, RPI, SOS (Strength of Schedule), Road Record, Quad 1 records (teams ranked 1-50), and Quad 2 records (teams ranked 51-100). All metrics are as of 8:00AM on Thursday, May 23.|
|Florida, Houston, and Missouri have completed their seasons.|
|Clemson, Florida State, and Virginia only have one remaining pool play game.|
|Boston College has already advanced to the ACC Semifinals while Duke (Georgia Tech – Friday) and Wake Forest (NC State – Thursday) can advance with wins.|
|Arizona, UC Irvine, and Washington play in conferences that do not hold tournaments so they will be completing their seasons with three-game series this weekend.|
|Southern Miss is in the winner’s bracket of the C-USA Tournament and most likely needs a win or two to make the field.|
|Louisiana Tech, Michigan, Oklahoma, and UCF each face elimination games and all most likely need to win to keep their seasons alive.|