As Indiana prepares to open play Wednesday in the Big Ten Baseball Tournament in Omaha, a big question on the minds of Hoosier fans is what will it take for IU to host both a Regional and a Super Regional in the NCAA Tournament?
Basically, this is how it works.
The NCAA Selection Committee picks the 16 Regional hosts and announces the field on Monday, May 26.
The NCAA Regionals are played May 29-June 1 and the Super Regionals are June 6-9.
The big thing for a program like Indiana is to be one of the top eight national seeds. If you're seed in the top eight, and you win the Regional then you host a Super Regional. If one of the top eight seeds loses in the regional round then one of the other schools from that region hosts the Super Regional.
Heading into the Big Ten Tournament, the Hoosiers are sitting in a good position for a national seed.
In the most recent RPI Rankings released Monday, May 19, Indiana is No. 4 in the RPI behind Virginia, Florida and Florida State. Oregon State is No. 5, followed by Vanderbilt, Louisiana-Lafayette, South Carolina, Houston and Rice.
The Hoosiers moved up one spot from No. 5 in the RPI last week.
One website, Perfect Game, projects that NCAA Tournament field. In the most recent projection, published May 15, the site has Indiana as a No. 5 national seed. The other three teams in IU's Regional are Southeast Missouri State, Oregon and Indiana State.
Here is the complete projection from Perfect Game. Projecting the NCAA Tournament Field
While Indiana appears safe to make the tournament regardless of how the Hoosiers fare this week in Omaha, there is still plenty on the line with regard to regional and super regional hosting.
IU opens Big Ten Tournament play with No. 8 seed Iowa Wednesday at 6 p.m. ET. All games in the Big Ten Baseball Tournament will be televised on the Big Ten Network.
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