Compilation: Baseball postseason projections
It can be difficult to navigate the myriad potential brackets published every week by the variety of college baseball news sources. To help you gauge where the Diamond Heels might land, we've compiled all the projections in one handy source.
First, a look at the current RPI: the Tar Heels stand eighth in the latest official NCAA RPI. Their remaining opponents include ECU (23), Duke (98), UNC Asheville (148) and Virginia Tech (32). As a quick reminder, eight schools are assigned national seeds, which means they play at home in both the regional and super-regional round--a tremendous advantage--and can't face any of the other national seeds until the College World Series in Omaha. Eight more schools are assigned a hosting slot in the regional round. The Tar Heels have been a national seed in four of the last five years, and advanced to Omaha each time. The Tar Heels made the CWS the hard way in 2006, going on the road without a national seed to defeat Alabama.
This week's projections:
Perfect Game: Carolina the #6 national seed with a regional that includes Ole Miss, Appalachian State and Belmont. The Tar Heels' regional is paired with the Lexington (UK) regional in the supers.
ESPN: Carolina the #5 national seed with a regional that includes ECU, UNCW and Coastal Carolina. The Tar Heels' regional is paired with the Lexington regional in the supers.
SEBaseball.com: Carolina the #8 national seed with a regional that includes ECU, UNCW and Monmouth. The Tar Heels' regional is paired with the Lexington regional in the supers.
College Baseball Nation: Carolina the #8 national seed with a regional that includes Appalachian State, UNC-Wilmington and Austin Peay. The Tar Heels' regional is paired with the Lexington regional (are you sensing a trend?) in the supers.
Baseball America doesn't specifically bracket teams, but they do break down the teams likely to earn national seed and hosting honors. The Tar Heels are listed among the "On the Bubble (In)" teams for a national seed, meaning if the season ended right now Carolina would probably receive a seed.
Some quick background on Kentucky: the Wildcats started 22-0 but have lost five of their last seven, with four of those losses coming in the stacked SEC. The current official RPI ranks them 10th in the nation.
Have you seen another postseason projection we should link or think any of the above are off? Let us know in the comments.
The Tar Heels travel to ECU tonight at 6 p.m. in a game available on the Tar Heel Sports Network or free online at TarHeelBlue.com. Weather could be an issue, so follow @DiamondHeels on Twitter for the latest updates.