The best guess is WSU will go to Norman, probably along with Oral Roberts and somebody else (Arkansas?) as a No. 2 seed. However, no guarantees. As a No. 4 seed, the Shockers could end up almost anywhere.
Baseball America gives Missouri State a shot, which will come as a surprise to everybody in maroon and white. I don’t think there’s any doubt the MVC’s pod system hurt the top-seeded Bears. In a double-elimination, the top seed has more room for error and more room for its superior depth to win out. That and the loss of catcher Dallas Hord to injury hurt MSU. Over the course of the season, the Bears were the MVC’s best. The pod system also amplified the importance of WSU sweeping Creighton on the last weekend to move to No. 3 and avoid playing in MSU’s pod.
Monday - Bracket announcement, 11:30 a.m. (ESPN, Ch. 32). WSU players and coaches will watch the selection show at A.J.'s Sports Grill, 3232 N. Rock Road. The public is invited.
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