Get your coolers and foldout chairs ready.
The Rebels will be playing baseball in Oxford this weekend. The selection committee awarded Ole Miss’ SEC Tournament runner-up run with a regional host site in this year’s NCAA Tourney, giving us all what we love the most: weekend baseball at Swayze Field.
Clemson, Illinois, and Jacksonville State will head to Oxford this weekend for the regional round.
If the Rebs can take care of business in the opening round, they’ll potentially travel to Fayetteville to face the winner of the Arkansas regional, which includes the host No. 5 nationally ranked Razorbacks, California, Texas Christian and Central Connecticut. If the Golden Bears, Horned Frogs or CCU can pull off an upset and the Rebels hold serve, we will see a super regional in Oxford again for the first time in too long.
If each regional were to go chalk and the Rebels traveled to Northwest Arkansas, they would be mighty familiar with their opponent. Ole Miss took two-of-three there during the regular season and then later went 1-1 against them in Hoover.
Ole Miss definitely got in at the 11th hour with their gutsy run in Hoover, a run that came up just short in the championship game on Sunday against No. 1 Vanderbilt. The Rebels played six games in six days to make it to the championship game and in the process won its 20th SEC game, clearly weighing heavily on the selection committee’s mind.
This is the ninth time Ole Miss has hosted an NCAA regional in baseball including last season’s disastrous ousting as a top eight national seed. It’s time for redemption for this Mike Bianco-led team with some of the most talented and touted recruits in program history.
Keep it locked on Red Cup Rebellion all week as our crack team dives into the details on the opponents in the Oxford regional.