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NCAA Baseball Tournament bracket 2018: SEC and everyone else

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Might should prep up for another SEC CWS.

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The 2018 NCAA baseball tournament has found its 64 teams. Florida, Oregon State, and Stanford all chopped away at the top seed spot all season long, but the Gators finally earned top register as the No. 1 overall national seed on Monday afternoon. And rightfully so, because their pitching staff can throw.

Brady Singer, one of three presumptive first-round picks on Florida’s roster in this year’s MLB draft and the Gators’ cussin’ pitcher, has led an impressive club into the postseason with the hope of repeating as national champs. Florida beat out LSU in last year’s College World Series final round, and with five ranked national seeds in the top 16 and eight conference members making the field of the 64, the SEC yet again has sent the most number of teams into this year’s college baseball tourney.

National seed Ole Miss slides in at No. 4 overall after winning 46 games and the SEC tournament over LSU this year. They hammered the Tigers in the conference tournament final, 9-1, after the rest of the conference powerhouses — Florida, Georgia, and Auburn among them — dropped in winnable games despite their observable inroads to the tournament championship.

The college baseball tournament format is perhaps the most egalitarian among college athletics. 64 teams are seeded into 16 regional host sites, and those hosts are paired off eight at a time against their opposites on the bracket. Four teams then play a double-elimination mini-tournament, and the winner of that round goes on to play their pairing across the bracket in a best of three series the following weekend. The eight winners of those super regional rounds travel to Omaha, Neb. for yet another four-team mini-tournament, and the eventual winners of those tilts face off in a best of three series for the whole shebang.

Oh yeah, the Major League Baseball draft always occurs dead smack in the middle of this affair, right before the eight trek to Omaha.

This is the first year in tournament history that the top 16 teams have been ranked as national seeds, which affords one the privilege of hosting in your home ballpark through the first two rounds, should you survive your opening regional.

Under the national seeds, each regional is seeded in its own right, one through four. Below are the regional match-ups paired by national seed rankings, including each team’s first round games. No. 1 plays No. 4, and No. 2 plays No. 3 at every host site. Losers slip into the losers’ bracket to survive, winners go to the winners’ bracket.

2018 College Baseball Tournament field by regional pairings:

Gainesville regional

Florida (No. 1 overall)

No. 4 Columbia

No. 2 Jacksonville

No. 3 Florida Atlantic

Raleigh regional

NC State (No. 16 overall)

No. 4 Army

No. 3 Northeastern

No. 2 Auburn

Stanford regional

Stanford (No. 2 overall)

No. 4 Wright State

No. 3 Cal State Fullerton

No. 2 Baylor

Conway regional

Coastal Carolina (No. 15 overall)

No. 4 LIU Brooklyn

No. 3 Washington

No. 2 UConn

Corvallis regional

Oregon State (No. 3 overall)

No. 4 Northwestern State

No. 3 San Diego

No. 2 LSU

Minneapolis regional

Minnesota (No. 14 overall)

No. 4 Canisius

No. 3 Gonzaga

No. 2 UCLA

Oxford regional

Ole Miss (No. 4 overall)

No. 4 St. Louis

No. 3 Missouri State

No. 2 Tennessee Tech

Austin regional

Texas (No. 13 overall)

No. 4 Texas Southern

No. 3 Texas A&M

No. 2 Indiana

Fayetteville regional

Arkansas (No. 5 overall)

No. 4 Oral Roberts

No. 3 Dallas Baptist

No. 2 Southern Mississippi

Greenville regional

East Carolina (No. 12 overall)

No. 4 UNC-Wilmington

No. 3 Ohio State

No. 2 South Carolina

Chapel Hill regional

North Carolina (No. 6 overall)

No. 4 North Carolina A&T

No. 3 Houston

No. 2 Purdue

Deland regional

Stetson (No. 11 overall)

No. 4 Hartford

No. 3 Oklahoma State

No. 2 South Florida

Clemson regional

Clemson (No. 7 overall)

No. 4 Morehead State

No. 3 St. John’s

No. 2 Vanderbilt

Tallahassee regional

Florida State (No. 10 overall)

No. 4 Samford

No. 3 Oklahoma

No. 2 Mississippi State

Athens regional

Georgia (No. 8 overall)

No. 4 Campbell

No. 2 Duke

No. 3 Troy

Lubbock regional

Texas Tech (No. 9 overall)

No. 4 New Mexico State

No. 3 Kent State

No. 2 Louisville