EDIT: We travel to Arizona State as the #2 Seed, and #9 overall. So even if we win the Regional we will have to travel to the winner of the Talahassee Regional of FSU, Fordhan, South FLorida and South Carolina.
In the Tempe Regional; Arizona State gets the #1 seed, SDSU gets the #3 and Dartmouth gets the #4. So we play SDSU on Friday 3:30pm on ESPNU while ASU plays Dartmouth at 6pm.
Minny gets the #16 overall and hosts. Wiskey, Nebraska and Northwestern gets in as well.
The NCAA Softball Selection Show will be held tonight at 10pm on ESPNU. Coach Hutch and Team 37 look to hold on to a Top-16 ranking in order to host a Regional. This will be a refreshing time for me as I recover from jet-lag after my Asian Tour 2014 (Korea, China, Hong Kong and Japan)
For those who do not understand selection process, their are 64 teams selected. Each conference champion gets an automatic bid. Then At-large bid are then given out.
The Top-16 teams are ranking 1-16 and each are eligible to host a Regional Tourney at their home site. There have been a few occasions where the host team travels. The Committee will force a top seeded team to travel because the concentration of top teams are in the Southwest and West Coast. So look for one or two teams from this region to be a top 16 team but forced to travel but be the host of their Regional.
The Top 16 team are placed into a bracket. Then the rest of the 3 teams are filled in based on overall ranking. Each Regional bracket is seeded 1 through 4. This is a double elimination, 4-Team bracket where 1 plays 4 and 2 plays 3 in the opening set of games; usually starting on Friday night
The winner of each bracket will move on to the Super Regionals where the winner of bracket 1 plays 16, 2 plays 15 etc. The winner of the Top 8 brackets host the Super Regional round. The winner of each Super Regional moves on to the World Series in Norman, Oklahoma.
My prediction is that we will be ranked in the 14 or 15 slot. We had some very bad loses this year and at the moment, we are not worthy of a Top-8 Ranking. There will be some on the Committee who will not vote for us in the Top 16 either. The loss to Minny in the championship game will not help. My guess is that the Big Ten will get three or four teams in.