Big 12 Baseball

Seven Thoughts on the Big 12 Baseball Postseason Schedule

Conference tournaments are over and the field of 64 has been set for college baseball. We have a total of six Big 12 teams in the postseason and one of them will be hosting a regional this upcoming weekend. Some schools have easier draws than others and some schools have a tough road ahead of them. Here are my seven thoughts on the Big 12 postseason schedule.

1. Oklahoma State is the Only Big 12 Host

Typically, the Big 12 always has two or three teams hosting a regional and that is just not the case the season. The schools absolutely beat up on each other this year and it came at a price. However, Oklahoma State is happy because they will be hosting a regional in Stillwater this weekend. For those who know, O’Brate is a very hitter friendly ballpark and last season we saw the regional home run record get broken there. While I am not expecting the home run numbers to go off the charts like last year, I still expect plenty of offensive fireworks in this regional.

 

2. Welcome to Miami

Texas is going to Miami. Bienvenidos a Miami. Sorry, I just had to make the Will Smith song reference here. The Longhorns are heading to south beach, but it is not for a vacation because they have a lot of work ahead of them. The Hurricanes are a great team especially at home and Maine is no slouch either. Plus, Texas gets a red-hot Louisiana team coming out of the Sun Belt for their first game. I know the Longhorns have the pitching to make it out of this regional, but they need their offense to wake up. They only managed to score three runs in two games up in Arlington. Texas is going to need a lot more than that to win this regional.

3. TCU’s Path is Clear

The hottest team in the Big 12 doesn’t have to travel too far as they will make the trip from Fort Worth to Fayetteville, Arkansas. I understand that Arkansas is an extremely tough team to play at Baum-Walker Stadium, but I actually like TCU’s path to Omaha. I believe that this Fayetteville regional is pretty cut and dry. TCU is going to have to take down Arkansas.

That will be a great matchup and if the Horned Frogs can survive, I really like their chances of making it to the College World Series. The winner of this regional is set to take on the winner of the Indiana State regional in the supers.

 

4. West Virginia Got a Good Draw

Some teams have easier paths than others and I actually like the regional West Virginia was put in. Sure, it sucks that there isn’t a regional in Morgantown, but Mountaineer fans should be happy with where their team was put.

While Kentucky is a good team, I don’t think they are a great team. In fact, the Wildcats have lost five of their last six regular season series and were bounced early from the SEC tournament. Call me biased but I believe West Virginia is the best team in the Lexington Regional.

5. Can Texas Tech Make It Out of the Swamp Alive?

The Red Raiders were safe to make it to the tournament, but wow did they get thrown into a literal swamp here.

Tech has to play a really good UCONN team right away and if they manage to win that first game then they must face Florida the champions of the SEC. I hope Texas Tech is ready because they will have a tough road ahead of them.

6. Oklahoma Snuck In

I wasn’t sure that Oklahoma was going to get in because they were one of those teams right on the bubble. Luckily for them, the committee put them in. While it is good news that they are playing in regional, they got a tough draw. The Sooners will play in the Charlottesville regional, and that thing is an absolute meat grinder.

All four of these teams in this reginal are capable of winning it and I expected a lot of close games here. Virginia is a great home team and Army is a great mid major as well. Plus, the Sooners have to play an East Carolina team that has the offense to compete with almost anybody.

 

7. Kansas State Was Left Out

Coming into selection Monday, I knew that at least five Big 12 teams were going to make it in the tournament. However, there were two teams that I wasn’t sure about, and those teams were Oklahoma and Kansas State. The committee decided to put the Sooners in as one of their last four teams in while Kansas State was picked as one of the first four teams out. I am sure RPI played a big factor in that decision as you can see.

While I do believe that Kansas State is a better team than Oklahoma, that is not how the selection process works. I feel bad for Kansas State, but I do want to say that this program is heading in the right direction. Pete Hughes has done a great job in Manhattan and Kansas State has had some great home crowds this season. I hope this program continues to grow and get better because I want baseball to catch on more in the new look Big 12.

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