The season has come to a close, and the NCAA Division I playoff teams have now been set. After some tough battles, some great players and teams will miss post-season play, but all can hold their head up high after participating in what has been an exciting college season.
Of the four NCAA conferences, and 32-teams, just eight will continue on into the post-season, including all of the conference leaders, and two wildcards from each conference group, the “A10” (Atlantic Coast and Big-10) and “SE12” (Southeast and PAC-12).Virginia Tech Hokies (32-24, 3rd ACC) and Indiana Hoosiers (34-22, 1st Big 10) will be matched up, along with Duke Blue Devils (33-24, 2nd ACC) and Clemson Tigers (34-23, 1st ACC) to complete the A10 groupings.
This means NCAA home run leader Brian Goldstein (Florida State) will miss out on the post-season, along with runner-up John Housley (Iowa). But top-ERA hurlers Andy Lollis and Scott Cichon (Duke) will be there. Lollis led the NCAA in ERA and strikeouts, while Cichon was 3rd overall in ERA and led in wins.
Over in the other conference group, Arizona State Sun Devils (32-24, 3rd PAC-12) will take on USC Trojans (37-20, 1st PAC-12), while UCLA Bruins (36-21, 2nd PAC-12) will square off with the Florida Gators (32-24, 1st Southeast). The selections mean that UCLA’s Carl Simms Jr. is the top home run hitter on the leaderboard in the playoffs, after tying Housley’s 27 yard balls. Simms also led the NCAA in RBIs, tied with Kyle Szczech (Kentucky), driving in 68 runs this year.
Games get under way tomorrow, with the Southeast/PAC-12 groupings, followed by the ACC/Big-10 games on Thursday.