Here is a look at some of the projections for the Regional sites:
ESPN.com’s Field of 64 Predictions for 5-5-08
Coral Gables Regional: Miami (#1 national seed), Florida, Washington State, Bethune-Cookman
Ann Arbor Regional: San Diego, Michigan, Notre Dame, Wright State
Tempe Regional: Arizona State (#2 national seed), UC Irvine, Houston, Canisius
Fullerton Regional: Cal State Fullerton, Pepperdine, UCLA, Army
Cary Regional: North Carolina (#3 national seed), UNC Wilmington, Missouri, College of Charleston
Columbia Regional: South Carolina, Virginia, Elon, Charlotte
Tallahassee Regional: Florida State (#4 national seed), Southern Miss, Oregon State, Monmouth
Baton Rouge Regional: Coastal Carolina, LSU, New Orleans, Southern
Athens Regional: Georgia (#5 national seed), Georgia Tech, Tulane, Jacksonville State
Greenville Regional: NC State, East Carolina, Kentucky, Stony Brook
Houston Regional: Rice (#6 national seed), Mississippi, Texas, Dartmouth
Stillwater Regional: Oklahoma State, Arkansas, Oral Roberts, Louisiana-Monroe
Lincoln Regional: Nebraska (#7 national seed), Wichita State, TCU, Kent State
Palo Alto Regional: Stanford, Long Beach State, UC Davis, Fresno State
College Station Regional: Texas A&M (#8 national seed), Arizona, Dallas Baptist, UTSA
Nashville Regional: Vanderbilt, California, St. John's, Lipscomb
Rivals.com’s Field of 64 Predictions for 5-5-08
CORAL GABLES REGIONAL
1. Miami (1) 2. Florida 3. Elon 4. Columbia
Host: South Carolina
1. South Carolina 2. Georgia Tech 3. Houston 4. Furman
Host: Florida State
1. Florida State (2) 2. Texas 3. New Orleans 4. Army
1. Georgia 2. Southern Miss 3. Missouri 4. Bethune-Cookman
Host: North Carolina
1. North Carolina (3) 2. UNC Wilmington 3. Kentucky 4. Duquesne
Host: East Carolina
1. East Carolina 2. Virginia 3. St. John’s 4. Kent State
Host: Arizona State
1. Arizona State (4) 2. Pepperdine 3. Long Beach State 4. Monmouth
Host: UC Irvine
1. UC Irvine 2. San Diego 3. UCLA 4. Texas-San Antonio
COLLEGE STATION REGIONAL
Host: Texas A&M
1. Texas A&M (5) 2. TCU 3. Alabama 4. Stony Brook
BATON ROUGE REGIONAL
1. Coastal Carolina 2. LSU 3. Tulane 4. Louisiana-Monroe
1. Rice (6) 2. Cal 3. Dallas Baptist 4. Jackson State
PALO ALTO REGIONAL
1. Stanford 2. Vanderbilt 3. UC Davis 4. Fresno State
1. Nebraska (7) 2. Wichita State 3. Arkansas 4. Illinois-Chicago
Host: Cal State Fullerton
1. Cal State Fullerton 2. Oregon State 3. Santa Clara 4. Jacksonville State
Host: Oklahoma State
1. Oklahoma State (8) 2. Arizona 3. Oral Roberts 4. Lipscomb
Host: N.C. State
1. N.C. State 2. Michigan 3. Ole Miss 4. Canisius
This Week in the SEC:
The road to Hoover may get a little straighter after the second to last weekend before the SEC tournament begins. Here is a look at possible rooting interests in each game.
Kentucky @ Tennessee: The team to win this series will hold the tie-breaker and better secure themselves a spot in the tournament. A sweep would be huge for either team, it would also likely make some room for a third western division team to get into the tourney. Both teams will likely be pulling against both Alabama and Ole Miss. These two teams currently hold the sixth and seventh seed respectively. It would be easier for the winner of this series to overtake one of them, rather than say a South Carolina or Florida team whom holds a two game lead over them in the current tourney seedings.
LSU hosts Mississippi State: The Tigers are looking to build on their nine game win streak and send Alex Box Stadium out with series win. The Tigers are also hoping to widen their current half game lead in the western division. The Tigers will be rooting against both Ole Miss and Alabama in hopes of widening the gap. The Bulldogs must win four of their last six to stay mathematically available for the SEC tourney. A sweep by the Tigers over the Bulldogs would eliminate any chances for a SEC tourney bid. The Bulldogs will be more focused on their play, but they will also be pulling against all the SEC western division teams.
Alabama hosts Florida: Alabama will be pulling against LSU and Arkansas. The Tide is currently a half game out of first in the SEC west, so any LSU losses combined with victories will help Alabama regain their western division lead. Florida will be pulling for Arkansas, in hopes of moving ahead of South Carolina. A Kentucky or Tennessee sweep would be a nice insurance policy for the Gators.
Arkansas hosts South Carolina: Arkansas will be pulling for the Gators to gain some ground on Alabama. A Mississippi State victory wouldn’t be so bad either. South Carolina will be pulling for the current leader of the SEC East, Georgia, to help move ahead of second place Vanderbilt. A Kentucky or Tennessee sweep would also be nice for the Gamecocks for the reasons mentioned above.
Auburn @ Ole Miss: Auburn will be pulling for Mississippi State since their final series will be against LSU. Auburn won’t have a problem pulling against Alabama, in hopes of catching up with the Tide. Ole Miss will have similar rooting interests, even though it will be tougher for Rebel fans to root for the Bulldogs.
Georgia @ Vanderbilt: Georgia will be rooting for Arkansas and Alabama, in hopes of widening their current three game lead for first in the SEC east. The Commodores will have similar rooting interests, keeping Florida and South Carolina off of their heels.
Current SEC Tournament Seedings:
3. Vanderbilt (beat SC 2 of 3)
4. South Carolina (beat Florida 2 of 3)
6. Alabama (beat Ole Miss 2 of 3)
7. Ole Miss
T8. Kentucky (plays Tenn. this weekend)
T8. Tennessee (plays Kent. this weekend)
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