Monday, May 26, 2008

Back Again

For the sixth consecutive year, Mike Bianco has taken his Ole Miss baseball team to the postseason. However this year, the Rebs will take their show on the road for this year's regional and will go to arguably the toughest regional of all the 16 host sites. Ole Miss is matched up in the Coral Gables regional with #2 seed Missouri on Friday and would more than likely take on #1 overall seed Miami, should they be able to get passed Mizzou.

Missouri is a very good team that has one of the best pitchers in the country. This will be a huge challenge for the Rebels to take on Missouri in what will probably be the best 2-3 matchup pitching wise in the entire tournament.

Some Rebel fans would like to blame certain AD's or committee's for this draw. While they definitely had a decision in placing the selected schools, they are not the sole reason for the tough draw the Rebs will face. This Ole Miss baseball team did it to themselves. When a team loses to the likes of Central Arkansas and barely gets into their own conference tournament they deserve a low seed. Let's face it just because they won three games in the conference tourney doesn't mean they should automatically make a huge jump up in the polls or seedings.

It's a tough job to get to Omaha no matter where you play.

OXFORD, Miss. – Ole Miss (37-24) advanced to its sixth consecutive NCAA Regional on Monday when the field of 64 teams for the NCAA Tournament was announced, and the Rebels will open tournament play against Missouri (38-19) on Friday, May 30 at 11 a.m. CDT.

The Rebels are a three seed in the Miami Regional while Missouri is the two seed. Also competing in the regional are host and ACC Champion Miami (46-8), the nation’s top overall seed, and fourth seeded Bethune-Cookman (36-20), who won the MEAC Championship.

“Everyone who has played Miami this season has said they are the best team in the country, so it will be a huge challenge to go to their regional,” said Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco. “But the thing about this tournament is you have to go somewhere and play someone good.

“They have a great stadium down there in Miami and they will draw well,” Bianco said. “They have a great atmosphere.”