College Baseball Roundup

This week's Roundup focuses on the Pac-10 Conference as the conclusion of the regular season draws nearer. Also, check out an updated version of JJ's "Super Sixteen" national rankings as well as some NCAA Tournament projections.

Last Week in the Pac-10 :
* at Stanford 3, California 0
* Oregon State 3, at Washington State 0
* at Washington 2, UCLA 1

Pac-10 Standings :
                      Conf.   GB    Overall

USC                   11-4     -     28-18
Washington            10-5    1.0    22-20-1
Stanford               9-6    2.0    32-13
Oregon State           9-6    2.0    30-15
Arizona State          9-6    2.0    27-16
Arizona                6-9    5.0    28-18
UCLA                   6-9    5.0    21-28
California             8-13   6.0    26-26
Washington State       4-14   8.5    18-27

This Week in the Pac-10 :
* Arizona State at Stanford
* Washington at USC
* Oregon State at California
* UCLA at Arizona
Lewis-Clark State at Washington State

JJ's Super Sixteen
** Records are through Sunday 4-28 **

   Team                  Record  Previous

1. Clemson                39-7      1
            * Tigers remain at the top after splitting the first two games of their series with Georgia Tech (third game is today).

2. Rice                   39-8      2
            * Owls had the week off for exams.

3. Wake Forest            36-8      3
            * Demon Deacons go 2-0 with a pair of mid-week wins over UNC-Greensboro and Davidson.

4. Florida State          43-12     5
            * Seminoles starting to get hot ... 2-0 last week (1-0 vs. Florida A&M, 1-0 vs. Duke - final two games of that series to be completed this week).

5. Texas                  39-13     4
            * Longhorns brake even at 2-2 as they defeat TCU in a mid-week game then drop 2-of-3 to Nebraska.

6. South Carolina         37-11     7
            * Gamecocks go 3-1 last week including big series win over Mississippi.

7. Stanford               32-13     8
            * Cardinal drop mid-week game to San Jose State but rebound to sweep Cal over the weekend.

8. Houston                34-14     5
            * Cougars move down after losing 2-of-3 games at home to South Florida.

9. Alabama                40-9      9
            * Crimson Tide defeat UAB in mid-week game then drop 2-of-3 at Georgia over the weekend.

10. Mississippi           35-13     10
            * Rebels lose second straight series, this time to South Carolina.

11. Georgia Tech          37-10     11
            * Yellow Jackets split first two games of their series with #1 Clemson.

12. North Carolina        35-15     12
            * Tar Heels with a perfect 3-0 week against non-conference opponents (Elon, East Carolina, and Appalachian State).

13. Florida               35-13     13
            * Gators with impressive series sweep at Mississippi State.

14. Wichita State         36-11     14
            * Shockers beat Nebraska in mid-week game then take 3-of-4 from SMS.

15. Nebraska              32-17     15
            * Huskers drop mid-week game to Wichita State, but rebound to take 2-of-3 at Texas.

16. Cal State Northridge  35-13     16
            * Matadors remain atop the Big West with three-game sweep at Pacific.

Dropped Out : none

Inside the "Super Sixteen" :
* Clemson and Rice seem to separating themselves as the nation's elite at this point in time.

* The Tigers and Owls are now the only team's in the poll without a weekend series loss this season although the Tigers will be playing the rubber game of their three-game set with Georgia Tech tonight.

* Conference Breakdown : ACC (5 teams), SEC (4), Big 12 (2), Big West (1), Conference USA (1), Missouri Valley (1), Pac-10 (1), WAC (1).

* Pac-10 still with only team in the poll, but USC is close to getting in.

NCAA Tournament Analysis and Predictions :
* I still believe that the Pac-10 will only get four teams into the NCAA Tournament.  Stanford and USC are in right now while Arizona State is looking good.  Oregon State and Washington are "on the bubble" although you have to give the Huskies the edge due to their current second-place standing in the conference.  Huge weekend for the Huskies as they travel down to USC.  If they win that series, they should be in.  Arizona State is at a critical stage right now.  They need to at least take one game from Stanford this weekend, a sweep at the hands of the Cardinal and they are all of a sudden on the bubble.  Oregon State is hoping at least one of those falters this weekend while they continue to win.

* My prediction on the eight "National Seeds" ... Clemson, Rice, Wake Forest, Texas, South Carolina, Stanford, Houston, and Alabama.  No change from last week.  Interesting to note that three ACC teams (Clemson, Wake, and FSU) and three SEC teams (USC, Alabama, and Florida) are all ranked in the top 8 of this week's Baseball America poll (along with Rice and Stanford).  I still don't see how one conference can get three National Seeds even if the SEC and especially the ACC are very top heavy.  Because of this, I think Houston gets one of the seeds as the C-USA champion and Texas as the Big-12 champ.  I still maintain that Stanford needs to finish in the top two in the conference to claim one of those National Seeds.

* My current prediction on who is coming to Stanford for the sub-regional (just a guess, don't take it too seriously) ... #1 Stanford, #2 Baylor (31-16, 3rd in Big 12), #3 San Jose State (35-13, 2nd in WAC), #4 Monmouth (Northeast Conf. champs).  SJSU may move themselves up to a #2 seed with an impressive showing at Rice this weekend.  Could flip-flop them and Baylor as they are both very even and ranked in the No. 20-25 range right now.

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