WELL WOULD YOU LOOK AT THAT!
Shortly after the Rebels took No. 1-seed Vanderbilt to the wire in Hoover, Ala. in the SEC Tournament title game, the NCAA released its host sites for the road to Omaha and the Ole Miss Rebels were named one of the 16 hosts.
The Rebels (37-25) finished off an impressive run to Sunday after falling into the loser’s bracket and were rewarded by the selection committee on Sunday evening by being named a regional host.
There will be postseason baseball in Oxford. Again.
The fellas are hosting for the second consecutive season and for the third time in five years. In fact, Mike Bianco’s ball club has hosted nine times in 15 years and advanced to the super regional round five times, albeit losing four of those five times.
The Rebels finished with the No. 22 RPI after a fantastic 4-2 week in Alabama in the SEC tournament. Their RPI is the highest for an SEC host team since the Kentucky Wildcats hosted with a 27 RPI in 13 years ago.
The road to a host wasn’t easy but the guys got it done with some dirty work. Ole Miss finished 4th nationally with 20 quadrant one wins and went a combined 17-6 against quadrants two, three, and four. The No. 8 strength of schedule helped out a lot, too, as did Southern Miss winning the C-USA tournament, adding yet another top 50 RPI win.
It was thought that their non-conference record (17-9) would hold them back but they’ve jumped up nine spots in the last day and it was apparently enough. D1Baseball’s latest projections have the Rebels as the No. 16 overall seed, hosting Miami, Connecticut, and Jacksonville State. The Oxford Regional is paired with projected-No. 1 overall seed UCLA and the Los Angeles Regional.
The three teams making the trip to Oxford will be announced tomorrow at 12pm CST on ESPNU. The committee will set the entire 64-team bracket through both the super regionals and the first round of the Men’s College World Series and will not reseed the field after play begins.
How to watch
When: Monday, May 27th, 11pm CST