The Michigan Softball Team jumped 2 spots to #27 this week after 2 convincing victories over Wisconsin. Illinois is the second highest rated Big Ten team at #46, Wisconsin is now #49.
ND dropped 1 spot to #29. They swept Pitt over the weekend. Now they head into the Big East Tournament. Barring a complete sweep dominating performance, it is safe to say we can stay ahead of ND with a good showing this weekend against Purdue at Alumni Field.
This is important because it is possible (but not likely) that a #2 mid-west team could host a regional. Regionals are set up by geography to limit excessive travel. So a team like Hawaii will probably not get a home site unless they are in the Top 5 or so. Currently Hawaii is ranked #20.
It is also possible that we could end up traveling to Louisville or Tennessee. Mizzou is the third closest #1 seed but this might be a little far for us.
We need to take care of business against Purdue this weekend. Then we should have a better picture of what the tournament will look like.