The National Collegiate Athletic Association announced the 16 host sites for the 2021 NCAA Baseball Tournament Sunday evening and Oxford, Miss. was one of them. No. 12 Ole Miss (41-19, 18-12) won three games in Hoover before bowing out in the semifinals and are currently sitting 13th in Warren Nolan’s RPI rankings.
It’s the third-straight season and 10th time in the last 17 seasons that the Rebels will host three other programs in the Velvet Ditch.
Now, Mike Bianco and the Rebels will await a second announcement on Monday at 11am CST when the NCAA selection committee will announce the top-eight national seeds, regional pairings, and the rest of the tournament field.
The latest projections by D1Baseball have Ole Miss as the 10th overall seed playing host to two-seed Southern Miss, three-seed North Carolina, and four-seed Presbyterian. The Rebels have 19(!) top-50 wins and some believe made their case for a top-eight national seed after an impressive showing in Hoover at the SEC Tournament.
The Golden Eagles (37-19, 22-9) lost in the semifinals of the C-USA Tournament to Louisiana Tech, the Tar Heels (27-25, 18-18) just finished over .500 after a few wins in the ACC Tournament, and the Blue Hose did the same, ending their regular season with a record of 22-21 (18-16) and losing in the Big South title game to Campbell.
It’s not the toughest regional but it’s also not the easiest. Southern Miss went 6-9 against the top-25 this year and led their conference in team ERA (3.53). And sure, North Carolina doesn’t have a great resume on paper, but they faced the 8th-toughest schedule in the country and finished 13-20 against the top-50 in Scott Forbes first season on the top step.
Stay tuned for tomorrow’s selection show to see if Ole Miss can sneak into the top-eight for a national seed and who they will face in Oxford next weekend.
How to watch
When: Monday, May 31st, 11am CST