The Jackets avoided being swept in the ACC tourney for the first time by way of a 9-2 trouncing of FSU this past Saturday. That win effectively ended a dreadful 2-5 slide here at the end of the season…a slide that very nearly cost the Jackets their chance to host a NCAA Regional at Russ Chandler Stadium.
But as luck would have it, the 35-17-1 Jackets have been named the #1 seed in the Atlanta regional and will face the 39-20 Georgia State Panthers on Friday at 7pm EST. Elon (40-16) and Southern Mississippi (35-23) join the Panthers and Jackets in Atlanta to round out the four team elimination bracket.
Looking at the brackets, it appears that the winner of the Atlanta regional will face the winner of the Gainesville regional. That would potentially pit the Jackets against Florida, Miami, Jacksonville, or Bethune-Cookman in a Super Regional.
Of course, the Jackets would have to win their home Regional first.
Florida (39-20) looks like the #8 national seed and would be the likely host of the Super Regional should they take advantage of their home field in Gainesville to advance. Should Florida stumble it appears that Miami (36-20) would be the most likely suspect to take advantage.
The Jackets took two of three games against Miami back during the regular season, in Coral Gables. But they lost to the Canes in the first ACC tourney game during their late season swoon. That puts the season record between the two at 2-2.
I think its fairly obvious that Florida, as a national seed, would host a Super Regional should they advance. But it would get a little more dicey should the decision fall between Tech and Miami. Tech’s #4 RPI looks better than Miami’s #12, but both are still high and respectable. Miami defeated GT early in the ACC tourney but then turned around and got beat by FSU and Boston College in their next two games. The two teams split the wins and losses 2-2 over the course of the season.
When its all said and done…this hypothetical scenario might come down to a choice between rewarding the Regional host (GT) that got the job done or the Regional underdog (Miami) who knocked off a national seed on the road.
Should Miami and Georgia Tech advance and create an all-ACC Super Regional, who would you give the nod to?
Would you reward the Canes or the Jackets the Super Regional? Why?