Miami and South Carolina appear to be poised to fall from National Seeds after they both lost in the first two games in their respective conference tournaments this week. Both teams entered the week in good shape to notch National Seeds with good performances in their conference tournaments and have failed to pull off that achievement.
Miami lost 6-3 to Georgia Tech on Wednesday and then dropped a walk-off loss to Clemson on Thursday day to fall to 0-2 in Pool A of the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament. The Hurricanes can still rebound with a win against Duke on Saturday but will not be able to qualify for the ACC Championship Game with Clemson facing Georgia Tech today with the winner advancing.
Miami’s RPI dropped to 15 with the losses while South Carolina has seen their RPI drop to 13.
The Gamecocks dropped a 12-0 decision to Mississippi State before losing an elimination game to Florida 7-2 and will have to sit, wait and hope for good news on Selection Monday. They have no more games to make up the ground lost in the Southeastern Conference Tournament.
So, who will replace these two in the National Seed race? I’m thinking that we’re now looking at Ole Miss as one of the candidates. Ole Miss dropped a 2-1 game to Arkansas before beating top 10 RPI Vanderbilt yesterday. Ole Miss has a rematch with Arkansas today for a shot at facing LSU in the SEC Semi-finals.
Another highly competitive conference will place the other National Seed as of today with Texas having the RPI edge over TCU at 7 versus the Horned Frogs’ 11. Both teams are unbeaten in the Big 12 Conference Tournament and are on the inside track having to be beaten twice on Saturday to not reach the Big 12 Championship Game.
Remember, this race is very fluid with so many games going on daily. We’ll keep you updated as the race continues.