A trip to the Palmetto State might in Kentucky’s future. D1 Baseball and Baseball America are both projecting that the Cats will head to Clemson as a three seed in the NCAA Tournament. The Tigers were named a host team tonight after finishing with an overall record of 45-14 and a 22-8 record in the ACC.
I am all in for both of those projected regionals. With a healthy rotation, UK could stop Baylor or Tennessee Tech in their tracks. Clemson has been strong at times, but a 5-9 record against the top 25 is not fantastic. The BatCats could be a sleeper pick if they do land in the Clemson Regional.
D1 Baseball also named UK as their third to last team in the field. Illinois, Arizona, UCF, Sam Houston State, and Northeastern were listed as the final five teams out of the tournament. In a surprise, Baseball America did not have UK as one of their final teams in the field. BA’s Ted Cahill and Michael Lananna believe that UK is safely in the field regardless of their conference record.
If the Cats do get in, they will most likely end up in North or South Carolina. Clemson, Coastal Carolina, North Carolina, East Carolina, and NC State are all hosting regionals this season. With a lack of hosting sites in the Midwest region, the Cats will likely have to head east if they make the field of 64.
The NCAA Selection Show will be on ESPNU tomorrow at noon ET.