The NCAA Tournament selection is later this month (5/31), so it's time to start College Baseball Nation's bubble watch.
With the Ivy League not playing an official season this year, there are 34 at-large bids to go around. As of now 79 teams from 20 conferences are on the bubble watch. When automatic bids are accounted for, that means 59 teams are vying for 34 spots; 14 of those teams are in the "need a miracle" category, so only 45 teams are in serious contention. Conference tournaments always bring a few bid stealers, so somewhere between 11-20 deserving teams will be left out.
Locks: Notre Dame
Should be in: Pitt, Miami, Louisville
Work left to do: Georgia Tech, Clemson, Florida State, NC State, Virginia Tech, North Carolina, Virginia
Need a miracle: Duke
A good weekend for Virginia keeps the postseason in sight. Louisville should be in, even after a sweep at the hands of Clemson, but the Cardinals can't afford to lose too many more games as the RPI has not been kind to them. It's time to pack it up for Boston College and Wake Forest.
Work left to do: Tulane
Need a miracle: Wichita State, Cincinnati
Tulane and ECU face off this weekend. Should the Green Wave win that series, they would have to feel pretty good about their postseason chances.
Work left to do: Liberty, FGCU
With top 70 RPIs, both Liberty and FGCU have a path forward with an at-large bid. Liberty's 35 RPI and 30-11 record would likely be enough to get the Flames in if the season were to end today.
Atlantic 10 (2)
Work left to do: VCU, Rhode Island
Same story as the ASUN. Rhode Island and VCU both have top 55 RPIs and a path forward should they fail to earn the Atlantic 10's automatic bid. Both of these teams have a lot of work to do, though, and especially Rhode Island, whose 17-19-1 record would not cut it.
Big 12 (7)
Locks: TCU, Texas, Texas Tech
Work left to do: Baylor, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma
Need a miracle: West Virginia
West Virginia could maybe afford to lose one more game the rest of the year, and with a series at Texas looming the last week of the season, prospects are glum for the Mountaineers. The Big 12 will almost certainly get at least four teams into the NCAA Tournament, with Baylor the most likely to earn the fourth spot currently.
Big East (2)
Work left to do: UConn
Need a miracle: Creighton
UConn scheduled tough with series at Texas Tech, Southern Miss, and Virginia. That has paid off for the Huskies, as they have a clear path to a top 50 RPI. Creighton will need to be nearly perfect to earn an at-large bid.
Big South (1)
Work left to do: South Carolina Upstate
South Carolina Upstate has seven games left on the schedule that they should be the heavy favorite in. Win them all, and an at-large bid is within sight.
Big Ten (8)
Should be in: Michigan, Indiana
Work left to do: Nebraska, Iowa, Maryland, Rutgers, Ohio State
Need a miracle: Illinois
Who knows exactly what the NCAA Selection Committee will do with the Big Ten? Four bids seems like the floor, and there is a large pack of teams in the middle of the conference competing for those bids. Keep an eye on whether or not any Big Ten teams get selected as potential host sites next week.
Big West (2)
Work left to do: UC Irvine, UCSB
Both UCI and UCSB have top 70 RPIs and could end up in shouting distance of an at-large bid, especially UC Irvine. The Big West has turned into a one-bid league in recent years, so winning the regular season crown (and automatic bid in the Big West) is the only sure way in the tournament.
Work left to do: Northeastern
If Northeastern won out, it would likely have a top 30 RPI. Even if the Huskies drop a few games, they should have a top 50 RPI and a legitimate claim to an at-large bid should they not earn the automatic bid.
Conference USA (5)
Locks: Charlotte, Old Dominion, Southern Miss
Should be in: Louisiana Tech
Need a miracle: Florida Atlantic
What a year for Conference USA. Barring a catastrophic collapse, the league should get four teams into the postseason Louisiana Tech is nearly a lock, but their RPI projection is slightly less forgiving. All four of the top CUSA teams should be in as long as they finish their remaining schedule around .500.
Horizon League (1)
Should be in: Wright State
Wright State's #17 RPI is making the Raiders a near lock. They'll need to do a little better than .500 the rest of the way out to feel safe.
Work left to do: Fairfield
With no non-conference play in the MAAC, RPI is meaningless. However, Fairfield's 28-1 record is tough to ignore. The Stags may earn an at-large bid if they fail to get the auto bid.