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ELOOnline : NCAA Softball Tournament Projections III

We are now on to Conference Championship week, with the selection show for the tournament on Sunday night at 10pm. The Sunshine state hosting three conference tournaments with the MEAC in Ormand Beach, ACC in Tallahassee, and thelast ever Big East Tournament held in Tampa. Sources close to me have told me that the American Athletic Conference tournamentfavorites to host in 2014 areTampa, Orlando.Here is a look at how the field is looking like and the top national seeds.

1- Oklahoma (44-4)

2- Florida ( 49-7)

3- Oregon ( 45-7)

4- Texas (43-8)

5- Tennessee (43-9)

6- LSU ( 40-13)

7- Michigan ( 44-9)

8- Missouri (33-10)

Hosting Regionals '

9- Arizona State (43-9)

10- Alabama (41-12)

11- Washington (36-14)

12- Nebraska (38-12)

13- Kentucky (38-17)

14- Louisville (45-10)

15- Stanford (35-17)

16- South Alabama (41-7)

In Contention to Host- California, UCLA, Florida State, Texas A&M

Conferences- Projected teams in the field- (RPI Ranking)

America East- Albany (102)

Atlantic 10- St Josephs (68)

ACC (4)- Florida State (21), Virginia Tech (37), North Carolina (39), North Carolina State (45)

Atlantic Sun- USC Upstate (47)

Big 12(3)- Oklahoma (1), Texas (3), Baylor (25),

Big East(4) Louisville (14), DePaul (44), South Florida (43), Notre Dame (42),

Big South Campbell (114)

Big 10 (5) - Michigan (7), Nebraska (11), Wisconsin (26), Minnesota (31), Northwestern (41)

Big Sky- Idaho State (172)

Big West- Hawaii (22),

Colonial (2)- Hofstra (23), James Madison(36),

Conference USA(3) Tulsa (27), UAB (38), Houston (34),

Horizon League- Loyola- Chicago (131)

Ivy League-Penn (107)

Metro Atlantic Fairfield (177)

MAC- Ball State (62)

MEAC- Hampton (204)

Missouri Valley- Creighton (82)

Mountain West- San Diego State (48),

Northeast- Central Connecticut State (124)

Ohio Valley- Eastern Illinois (65)

Pacific Coast- BYU (117)

PAC 12 (8) - Oregon (4), Arizona State (12), Washington (13), California (17), UCLA (19), Stanford (18), Arizona (29), Oregon State (35)

Patriot League Lehigh ( 128)

SEC (10) - Florida (2), LSU (5), Alabama (6), Tennessee (9), Kentucky (8),Missouri (10), Texas A&M (16), Arkansas (24), Georgia (30), South Carolina (40)

Southern Appalachain State (84)

Southland McNeese State (75)

SWAC Texas Southern (245)

Sun Belt (3) -South Alabama (15), Louisiana- Lafayette (20), Western Kentucky (28),

Summit -North Dakota State (61)

WAC New Mexico State (80)

Last 5 In- South Carolina (40), DePaul (44), Northwestern(41), North Carolina State (45)

Last 5 Out- Mississippi State (32), Illinois State (46), Iowa (33), Georgia State (49), Kansas (50)

 

I believe if you do not make your own conference tournament, you should not be in the NCAA Tournament. I jump South Carolina over Mississippi State for beating them head to head 3-0 at Starkville and making SEC Tournament while the Bulldogs missed it. Iowa finishing near bottom of Big 10 is reason why I do not have them in as well.

Here my picks for following Conference USA , and SEC awards.

SEC

Player of Year -Lauren Haeger- Florida. Haeger makes Gators offense go in middle of lineup.

Pitcher of Year-ChelseaThomas- Missouri. Great race here edging out Hannah Rogers and Rachelle Fico.

Freshman of Year- Bianka Bell- LSU. I go Bell over Glasco of Georgia as Bell has been a big reason for the massive improvement in LSU Offense.

Coach of Year- Tim Walton - Florida/ Beth Torina- LSU. Walton led Gators team that was picked 7th in SEC before the season and led young team to SEC Title. Torina did something not many thought, Win the SEC Western Division over Alabama. Its the first time LSU won the SEC since 2007.

CUSA

Player of Year - Haley Outon - Houston

Pitcher of Year - Aimee Creger- Tulsa

Freshman of Year- Cat Atfield UAB/ Shelby Turnier- UCF

Coach of Year - Marla Townsend- UAB.

Eric Lopez is the producer of The David Baumann Show which comes to you live Monday through Friday 6-9am from the Sports Talk 1080 Studios in Orlando. Lopez also been UCF Softball play by play announcer since 2007.

 

 

 



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