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Baseball bracketology is back. While a national seed is still up for grabs, Virginia will be in Charlottesville the first week of June. Here's a look at who will join them and who will round out the field of 64

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With conference tournaments upon us, the postseason picture is coming into focus. This year's ACC / SEC Challenge NCAA Tournament should be thrilling as always. While there are still some spots to be filled, and seeds to be solidified, here's a look at what to expect come Selection Monday.

*Note - National Seeds are listed first, with their Super Regional opponent listed second.

Louisville Regional (1)

Seed
Team
Conference
1
Louisville
ACC
2
Creighton
Big East
3
Long Beach State
Big West
4
Kent State
Mid-American

Nashville Regional

Seed
Team
Conference
1
Vanderbilt
SEC
2
Duke
ACC
3
Michigan
Big Ten
4
Princeton
Ivy League

Gainesville Regional (2)

Seed
Team
Conference
1
Florida
SEC
2
Florida State ACC
3
Minnesota Big Ten
4
Florida A&M MEAC

Raleigh Regional

Seed
Team
Conference
1
NC State
ACC
2
East Carolina
American Athletic
3
UNC Wilmington
Colonial Athletic
4
UNC Greensboro
Southern

Coral Gables Regional (3)

Seed
Team
Conference
1
Miami
ACC
2
Florida Atlantic
Conference USA
3
Connecticut
American Athletic
4
Jacksonville
Atlantic Sun

Baton Rouge Regional

Seed
Team
Conference
1
LSU
SEC
2
Cal State Fullerton
Big West
3
Southeastern Louisiana
Southland
4
Washington
Pac 12

College Station Regional (4)

Seed
Team
Conference
1
Texas A&M
SEC
2
Oklahoma State
Big 12
3
Dallas Baptist
Missouri Valley
4
Oral Roberts
The Summit League

Ft. Worth Regional

Seed
Team
Conference
1
TCU
Big 12
2
Arizona State
Pac 12
3
Sam Houston State
Southland
4
Fresno State
Mountain West

Starkville Regional (5)

Seed
Team
Conference
1
Mississippi State
SEC
2
Bryant
Northeast
3
Wake Forest
ACC
4
Fairfield
MAAC

Lafayette Regional

Seed
Team
Conference
1
Louisiana-Lafayette
Sun Belt
2
Southern Miss
Conference USA
3
Kentucky
SEC
4
Southeast Missouri State
Ohio Valley

Lubbok Regional (6)

Seed
Team
Conference
1
Texas Tech
Big 12
2
Rice
Conference USA
3
Oregon State
Pac 12
4
Wright State
Horizon League

Tucson Regional

Seed
Team
Conference
1
Arizona
Pac 12
2
UC Santa Barbara
Big West
3
Gonzaga
West Coast
4
Seattle University
Western Athletic

Charlottesville Regional (7)

Seed
Team
Conference
1
Virginia
ACC
2
Coastal Carolina
Big South
3
Marshall
Conference USA
4
Navy
Patriot

Oxford Regional

Seed
Team
Conference
1
Ole Miss
SEC
2
Tulane
American Athletic
3
Boston College
ACC
4
Alabama State
SWAC

Columbia Regional (8)

Seed
Team
Conference
1
South Carolina
SEC
2
Georgia Tech ACC
3
South Alabama
Sun Belt
4
Binghampton
America East

Clemson Regional

Seed
Team
Conference
1
Clemson
ACC
2
Nebraska
Big Ten
3
Louisiana Tech
Conference USA
4
Virginia Commonwealth
Atlantic 10

Last Four In: Michigan, Sam Houston St, Kentucky, Oregon State

First Four Out: UNC, Charleston, Alabama, Ohio State

Bold: ACC Teams Italics: Automatic Qualifiers

The national seeds and regional hosts are dominated by ACC and SEC teams. The SEC has a record four national seeds, and adds an additional three hosts for a total of seven of the sixteen. However the SEC is very top heavy, with only one team in the tournament who is not hosting. The ACC on the other hand is much more balanced with three national seeds, two more hosts, but five more teams in the field of 64 (not to mention the first team out, UNC, who is out of the field despite an RPI of 15).

This week, look out for which team from the west emerges. There will be a team from the west as a host, maybe two as the committee makes sure to spread things around. For the final slots, Louisiana-Lafayette gets the nod, but watch out for Coastal Carolina and Southern Miss to win their conference tournament and earn a host bid.

In the ACC Tournament and of note to Virginia fans, keep an eye on Clemson. By finishing the season with a winning conference record, they have entered into not only the regional hosting discussion, but the national seed arguement as well. You can argue that they should be the eighth national seed over South Carolina as their resume has a little more meat (outside of conference record), but I am convinced the SEC will get four national seeds. However, as they are paired together in ACC pool play, whoever performs better between UVA and Clemson, could be looking at that third national seed from the ACC.

Check back Monday to see how we did and follow the Hoos all week here at Streaking the Lawn as they compete in the ACC Tournament.