If you had said that Vanderbilt could become one of the country’s elite college baseball programs when Tim Corbin was hired as its new head coach in 2003, you would’ve been considered overly optimistic at best and delusional at worst.
The committee stresses geography much more than what you would see in basketball due to budgetary concerns, virtually none of the top teams will be playing too far away from home. One charm is Omaha being the College World Series venue since literally the beginning of time, which is a nice, central location that continues to work, especially now in a modern new venue.
And despite the top teams having home-field advantage, do not necessarily look for chalk to advance to Omaha. In 2012 upstart Stony Brook shocked perennial power LSU in a Super Regional and were joined in Omaha by MAC representative Kent State, who upset Oregon to become part of the final eight.
The most notable team left out of the field is 2012 National Champion Arizona, they finished with a RPI of #60, not good enough to get the Wildcats even into this year’s dance. The Pac-12 in all has just four representatives this year.
In this post, we preview the East Region’s second round matchup between #4 seed Wisconsin and the 5th-seeded SEC Tournament champion Vanderbilt Commodores.
We know there is at least one 5-12 upset every year, so Andy has ranked the upset potential among the four 5-12 matchups, starting with the one he thinks is most likely. (But truth be told, he actually doesn’t love any of these…)
Andy breaks down the East region. Syracuse and Ohio State make for a top-heavy East region, but Florida State and Vanderbilt also come in brimming with confidence after winning their respective conference tournaments.