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NCAA Softball Bracketology March Madness

This week marks start of March Madness for Men and Women’s College Basketball Tournament. With that in mind and programs either starting or already underway in conference play in softball here is the first post season projection of the season to date. Its very early and it will change drastically in the coming weeks but some interesting data so far this season.

Conference RPI rankings.
1- SEC
2- Pac-12
3- Big 12
4- Big Ten
5- ACC
6- AAC
7- Mountain West
8- C-USA
9- Sun Belt
10- A-SUN
11- MVC

Thus far, the Big Ten has had a fantastic 2019. Will it lead to one of the Big Ten teams hosting? Another question to follow is will the SEC have all 13 teams in the NCAA Tournament like last two seasons? Will there be new programs that get to host for the first time? These questions and more will be some of the story lines to follow as the season develops. Here is how I see field of 64 projected based on what the committee has done in the past.

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ACC (3)– Florida State (1) , Notre Dame (21) , Virginia Tech (28)
American (4): Tulsa (25), UCF (37), USF (38) , Houston (42)
Big East (1) – DePaul (111)
Big 12 (4): Oklahoma (4) , Texas (5) , Oklahoma State (13) , Texas Tech (14),
Big Ten (7): Michigan (24), Minnesota (12) , Northwestern (16), Illinois (20), Indiana (26), Wisconsin (45), Ohio State
Pac-12 (6): UCLA (2) ,Washington (3) , Arizona (8) , Arizona State (32) Oregon State (34), Stanford (22)
SEC (12): Florida (9) , Georgia (39),  Tennessee (10) ,South Carolina (30) LSU (6), Auburn (17) , Arkansas (29) , Mississippi State (33), Kentucky (7), Alabama (11), Ole Miss (15), Missouri (40)
A-10 (1): George Washington (117)
America East (1): Stony Brook (173)
A-Sun (1): Lipscomb (52)
Big Sky (1): Sacramento State (112)
Big South (1): USC Upstate (59)
Big West (1): Cal State Fullerton (50)
CAA (1): James Madison (23)
C-USA (1) : Louisiana Tech (48)
Horizon (1): Illinois-Chicago (116)
Ivy (1): Harvard (192)
MAAC (1): Fairfield (62)
MAC (1): Ball State (118)
MEAC (1): FAMU (182)
MVC (1): Drake (35)
MWC (3): Boise State (19), Colorado State (31), UNLV (36)
NEC (1): LIU-Brooklyn (147)
OVC (1): Jacksonville State (61)
Patriot( 1): Boston U (149)
Southern (1): UNCG (60)
Southland (1): Sam Houston St (58)
Summit (1): North Dakota State (47)
Sun Belt (1): Louisiana Lafayette (18)
SWAC (1): Prairie View A&M (194)
WAC (1): Seattle (54)
WCC (1): Loyola Marymount (75)

Last 4 In- Missouri (40), Houston (42), Colorado State (31),

First 4 Out- Ohio State (44), (43), Missouri State (46), Georgia Tech (49).

Here is Projected 16 host sites with teams they would host.

1- UCLA – 2- Illinois 3- UNLV 4- Sacramento State

2- Florida State- 2- Mississippi State 3- USF 4- FAMU

3- Oklahoma 2- Notre Dame 3- Colorado State 4- LIU Brooklyn

4- Alabama 2- Michigan 3- Lipscomb 4- UNCG

5- Washington 2- South Carolina 3- Wisconsin 4- Seattle

6-Tennessee 2- Virginia Tech 3- USC Upstate- 4- Illinois-Chicago

7- LSU 2- Oregon State 3- Drake 4- Stony Brook

8- Florida 2- James Madison 3- UCF- 4-Harvard

9- Texas 2- Arkansas 3- Houston 4- Sam Houston State

10- Arizona 2- Boise State 3- Cal State Fullerton 4- Loyola Marymount

11- Kentucky 2- Indiana 3- Ohio State 4- Boston U

12- Minnesota – 2 – Stanford 3- North Dakota State 4- Ball State

13- Ole Miss 2- Northwestern 3- Jacksonville State 4- DePaul

14-Texas Tech 2- Arizona State 3- Georgia 4- Fairfield

15-Oklahoma State 2-Tulsa 3- Missouri 4- George Washington

16- Louisiana 2- Auburn 3- La Tech 4- Priarie View AM

In Mix to Host- Notre Dame, Stanford, Auburn

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