Monday, May 25, 2009

Weekly RPI Report (Final)

By Samuel Chi

The NCAA will announce its 64-team field today at 12:30 p.m. ET (9:30 p.m. PT). It is a foregone conclusion that the Titans will be among the eight national seeds. The question is, who will they be playing and which regional will they be paired against?

The Titans finish the regular season with the No. 1 rating in the RPI, but most likely they will not be the overall No. 1 seed because they finished five games behind UC Irvine in the Big West. It looks, though, that they will be a No. 4 or No. 5 seed, the highest seed of teams that are not automatic qualifiers.

With three national seeds but otherwise a dearth of quality teams from the West, the Titans should get pretty favorable matchups in the regional, even if as expected San Diego State lands in Goodwin. Stephen Strasburg will pitch a great game, but it won't be against the Titans.

As for the super regional, should the Titans get that far, their opponent will be from a regional played east of the Rockies. Most likely, it will be an ACC or Big 12 team.

Here's the final national seed forecast:

1. Texas, 2. Arizona State, 3. LSU, 4. UC Irvine, 5. Cal State Fullerton, 6. North Carolina, 7. Rice, 8. Florida State.

Super Regional matchups:

Texas-East Carolina (Virginia No. 1 seed); Arizona State-Louisville; LSU-Clemson; UCI-Georgia Tech; CSF-Oklahoma; North Carolina-Ole Miss; Rice-Texas Christian; Florida State-Florida.

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