At least one website dedicated to amateur baseball is projecting Indiana to be the No. 4 national seed when the NCAA releases its 2014 baseball tournament field at Noon today.
Perfect Game, a website that tracks amateur baseball and does a comprehensive job with college baseball, has a story today that has one final projection of the field of 64 that will be announced at Noon ET today at the NCAA national headquarters in Indianapolis.
Indiana and Nebraska are the only two teams from the Big Ten that make the NCAA Tournament in the projection. Illinois, expected to be a bubble team, is listed as one of the first five out in this projection.
The NCAA announced Sunday night that Indiana will be one of the 16 Regional hosts. The significance of a top eight national seed, however, is that this would insure that if the Hoosiers could get out of the Regional (May 30-June 2) they would also host the best two-out-of-three Super Regional the following week. Win there, and IU could return to the College World Series for a second year in a row.
According to the projection provided by Perfect Game, the four-team regional for IU would also include No. 2 Oregon, No. 3 Indiana State and No. 4 Youngstown State.
Here is the link to the complete projection from Perfect Game. Indiana projected as No. 4 national seed
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