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NCAA Baseball Regionals 2012: Breaking Down the Entire Bracket

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Courtesy of AP Photo/Phil Sandlin
Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistMay 29, 2012

After a wild week of conference tournament action that saw the No. 1 (Florida State), No. 2 (LSU) and No. 3 (Florida) teams lose prior to the championship game, the NCAA regional field of 64 is set. 

There were some surprises in seeding and host sites, but for the most part, everything went as it should have. 

Here is a look at all of the regional action and teams that you need to look for when the games get started. 


When: Regionals start on Friday, June 1 thru Tuesday, June 5.

Regional Host Sites: Gainesville (Fla.), Raleigh (NC State), Charlottesville (UVA), Columbia (SC), Eugene (Ore.), Gary (PUR), Houston (Rice), Waco (BAY), Los Angeles (UCLA), College Station (Texas A&M), Coral Gables (MIA), Baton Rouge (LSU), Chapel Hill (UNC), Tucson (Az.), Palo Alto (STAN), Tallahassee (FSU).

All regionals are double-elimination.

Bold Indicates Top 8 National Seed

 No. 1 Florida 
 No. 2 Georgia Tech
 No. 3 Charleston
 No. 4 Bethune-Cookman


 No. 1 NC State
 No. 2 Vanderbilt
 No. 3 UNC-Wilmington
 No. 4 Sacred Heart


 No. 1 Virginia
 No. 2 Oklahoma
 No. 3 Appalachian State
 No. 4 Army


 No. 1 South Carolina
 No. 2 Clemson
 No. 3 Coastal Carolina
 No. 4 Manhattan


 No. 1 Oregon
 No. 2 Fullerton
 No. 3 Indiana State
 No. 4 Austin Peay


 No. 1 Purdue
 No. 2 Kentucky
 No. 3 Kent State
 No. 4 Valparaiso


 No. 1 Rice
 No. 2 Arkansas
 No. 3 Sam Houston State
 No. 4 Prairie View


 No. 1 Baylor
 No. 2 Dallas-Baptist
 No. 3 Texas-Arlington
 No. 4 Oral Roberts


 No. 1 UCLA
 No. 2 San Diego 
 No. 3 New Mexico
 No. 4 Creighton


 No. 1 Texas A&M
 No. 2 TCU
 No. 3 Mississippi
 No. 4 Dayton


 No. 1 Miami 
 No. 2 Central Florida
 No. 3 Missouri State
 No. 4 Stony Brook


 No. 1 LSU
 No. 2 Oregon State
 No. 3 Belmont
 No. 4 Louisiana-Monroe


 No. 1 North Carolina
 No. 2 East Carolina
 No. 3 St. John's
 No. 4 Cornell


 No. 1 Arizona
 No. 2 New Mexico State
 No. 3 Louisville
 No. 4 Missouri


 No. 1 Stanford
 No. 2 Pepperdine
 No. 3 Michigan State
 No. 4 Fresno State


 No. 1 Florida State
 No. 2 Mississippi State
 No. 3 Samford
 No. 4 UAB


Top Teams

Florida Gators

Courtesy of SEC Digital Network
Courtesy of SEC Digital Network

The Gators entered the season with the most talented team in the country. Despite some stretches where they have not lived up to that billing, it is hard not to love the potential of this team in a short-series round-robin tournament like this. 

As the No. 1 national seed, the Gators got the "easiest" draw in the regionals. They should have little problem advancing to the super regionals next week. 


LSU Tigers

Courtesy of Tiger Hype
Courtesy of Tiger Hype

Surprise, surprise, the SEC gets represented well in a list of favorites during postseason tournaments. LSU stumbled during the conference tournament last week, but the Tigers knew their spot was secure and did not put forth their best lineups to make a run. 

Now that the real games have started, the Tigers will look to prove that their 43-16 record and SEC regular season title were no fluke. Behind the right arm of ace pitcher Kevin Gausman, they will make their first appearance in the College World Series since 2009. 


UCLA Bruins

Courtesy of College Baseball Daily
Courtesy of College Baseball Daily

Unlike last year, when they boasted two of the top pitching prospects for the 2011 MLB draft in Gerrit Cole and Trevor Bauer, the Bruins made it back to the regionals with a team filled with quality upperclassmen, like Jeff Gelalich, who could be a supplemental round pick in the 2012 draft, and young studs who keep getting better. 

Youth is a dangerous thing to bet on in a tournament like this, but talent wins a lot more games than experience does, and the Bruins have a lot of the former. 


Underrated Team to Watch

Kentucky Wildcats

Courtesy of Fits News
Courtesy of Fits News

It is strange to say that a No. 2 seed in a region would be underrated, yet somehow the Wildcats still don't manage to get the respect they deserve. They are a better team than Purdue and deserve to be hosting their own regional. 

Instead, the Wildcats will have to settle for proving to the world—and the selection committee—that they deserve much better than they got. This team is a legitimate threat to win the College World Series. 

They did finish the year in a bit of a tailspin (2-5 in their last seven games), but their pitching has been strong throughout the year and will be good enough to at least carry them through the Gary Regional. 

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