Good morning and welcome to the Super Regional round of the NCAA Tournament, Ole Miss fans.
After conquering one of the toughest regionals in the country, Rebel baseball (44-20) will now head to the hot, arid and oxygen deprived Tucson Super Regional hosted by the No. 5 seeded Arizona Wildcats.
The NCAA released the times and TV schedule for the three game series which will begin Friday, June 11th. Here’s the details on how to watch if you’re not taking the Fury Road in a war wagon out to the desert.
For me, it’s very odd to not be quite as excited about 8pm and 9pm start times for the central time zone. If this were football season, obviously most people would be very excited about the prospect of day drinking all the way into the start time to help wash away anxiety and amp the hype as much as possible.
But for a baseball game to start at 9pm, fans might want to drop a little caffeine in the mix as games could easily surpass midnight at 1am. The degenerates who gamble on the Pac-12 and Hawaii athletics — you already know the drill here.
The No. 12 Ole Miss Rebels will be playing in its seventh Super Regional series. The last time Ole Miss was in this round was a three game series loss in Fayetteville in 2019. Fun little historical note, the Super Regional round has only existed since 1999 when the field was expanded to include 64 teams, so Ole Miss being in this round seven times in the last 22 years is somewhat remarkable from a program perspective.
Arizona (43-15) is hosting a Super Regional for the second time in school history. It has only lost one of four previous Super Regional series.
The Wildcats averaged 4,065 fans for its three regional games, including a Hi Corbett postseason-record 5,454 for the Friday opener against Grand Canyon.