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HCS Softball Bracketology: Field of 64 for Week 11

There are just three weeks of regular season softball, which means the NCAA Tournament is coming up in just under a month. One of the most exciting times of the year is just around the corner, and Heartland College Sports is here to help you keep up with the action.

Our softball experts have taken the liberty of compiling the data and coming up with their projections for the entire Field of 64, as of Wednesday, April 19.

The field consists of 32 automatic qualifiers and 32 at-large bids. Of the 32 automatic qualifiers, 30 of them will earn bids by winning their conference tournament (the Big West and WCC regular season champions will earn the other two bids).

 

The Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) is used heavily in these projections, as it is when the selection committee creates the field during the Selection Show.

16 national seeds will be selected, with each team hosting a regional site for the first round of the tournament.  At each campus site, a four-team, double-elimination tournament will be held, and the 16 winning teams advanced to the Super Regionals.

Super Regionals are hosted on eight campus sites, determined by Regionals winner’s seeding. At each site, two teams will play in a best-of-three tournament, with the winners going to Oklahoma City.

Automatic Bids

America East: UMBC*

American: Wichita State*

ACC: Florida State*

Atlantic 10: Dayton*

Atlantic Sun: Central Arkansas*

Big 12: Oklahoma*

Big East: UConn*

Big Sky: Sacramento State*

Big South: Campbell*

Big Ten: Northwestern*

Big West: Cal St. Fullerton*

CAA: Delaware*

C-USA: Charlotte*

Horizon: Robert Morris*

Ivy: Princeton*

MAC: Ohio*

MAAC: Canisius*

MEAC: Morgan State*

Missouri Valley: Northern Iowa*

Mountain West: SDSU*

NEC: LIU*

OVC: SEMO*

PAC-12: UCLA*

Patriot League: Boston*

SEC: Tennessee*

SoCon: UNC Greensboro*

Southland: McNeese*

SWAC: Prairie View A&M*

Summit League: S Dakota State*

Sun Belt: UL Lafayette*

WAC: Grand Canyon*

West Coast: BYU*

 

National Seeds

1. Oklahoma

2. UCLA

3. Oklahoma State

4. Stanford

5. Florida State

6. Duke

7. Tennessee

8. Northwestern

9. LSU

10. Texas

11. Alabama

12. Washington

13. Georgia

14. Arkansas

15. Clemson

16. Wichita State

 

Regional Brackets

Norman Regional

1. Oklahoma (1)*
4. Robert Morris*

2. Nebraska
3. Arizona

Los Angeles Regional

1. UCLA (2)*
4. Grand Canyon*

2. Ohio State
3. Cal State Fullerton*

Stillwater Regional

1. Oklahoma State (3)
4. Delaware*

2. Utah
3. Minnesota

Palo Alto Regional

1. Stanford (4)
4. Sacramento State*

2. Michigan
3. San Diego State*

Tallahassee Regional

1. Florida State (5)*
4. Dayton*

2. Florida
3. UCF

Durham Regional

1. Duke (6)
4. Morgan State*

2. Liberty
3. Campbell*

Knoxville Regional

1. Tennessee (7)*
4. LIU*

2. Virginia Tech
3. Indiana

Evanston Regional

1. Northwestern (8)*
4. Northern Iowa*

2. Kentucky
3. Notre Dame

Baton Rouge Regional

1. LSU (9)
4. Ohio*

2. UL Lafayette*
3. McNeese*

Austin Regional

1. Texas (10)
4. Prarie View A&M*

2. Texas A&M
3. Louisville

Tuscaloosa Regional

1. Alabama (11)
4. UConn*

2. Central Arkansas*
3. Charlotte*

Seattle Regional

1. Washington (12)
4. UNC Greensboro*

2. Ole Miss
3. BYU*

Athens Regional

1. Georgia (13)
4. Canisius*

2. Cal
3. Boston*

Fayetteville Regional

1. Arkansas (14)
4. SEMO*

2. Baylor
3. Virginia

Clemson Regional

1. Clemson (15)
4. UMBC*

2. Oregon
3. South Carolina

Wichita Regional

1. Wichita State (16)
4. Princeton*

2. Auburn
3. South Dakota State*

*= Auto Bids

Last Four In: Louisville, Virginia, Arizona, Indiana

First Four Out: Boise State, Arizona State, Maryland, Texas State

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