With conference tournaments ending throughout the nation last night, the 2017 NCAA Tournament became a little more concrete. Unfortunately, for a lot of bubble teams, there were upsets all around in those tournaments. At the end of the day, the automatic qualifiers and Regional sites were announced.
ICYMI: THE 31 AUTOMATIC QUALIFIERS. #RoadToOmaha pic.twitter.com/SPMmS2Gi2u— NCAA Baseball (@NCAACWS) May 29, 2017
ICYMI: The Regional Sites for the 2017 Division I Baseball Championship!#RoadToOmaha ➡️ https://t.co/Y3ksLJFpdM pic.twitter.com/sZbucI2LZW— NCAA Baseball (@NCAACWS) May 29, 2017
The good news for Auburn is that the Tigers were already a virtual lock. The question was where Auburn would end up. One projection had the Tigers as a 2 seed in Ft. Worth with TCU as a host.
Most projections, though, had Auburn going back to a very familiar - and completely unoriginal - location: Tallahassee. That, of course, is exactly what happened.
TALLAHASSEE REGIONAL— NCAA Baseball (@NCAACWS) May 29, 2017
#1 Florida State
#4 Tennessee Tech#RoadToOmaha pic.twitter.com/c90Yg5hSKm
The Tallahassee Regional is paired with the Lubbock Regional, which is interesting. It's a tough road to get there, though, since the Tigers will have to beat UCF - who at one point was in the discussion to host a Regional - and the red-hot Seminoles who just won the ACC Tournament.
Here is the Lubbock Regional:
LUBBOCK REGIONAL— NCAA Baseball (@NCAACWS) May 29, 2017
#1 Texas Tech
#3 Sam Houston State
#4 Delaware#RoadToOmaha pic.twitter.com/beMurSKHmo
So, Auburn will play its first game against UCF Friday morning (Central time) at 11:00 am. The game will be on ESPN2.
Go get 'em, Tigers!