Texas Tech (32-13) and Oklahoma State (30-14) have better records than Tech (24-12) against teams in the RPI top 100 and play out of the Big 12, which is seen as a better conference than ACC. Tech also played 12 games against teams with RPI ratings 150 or worse (winning 10), while Texas Tech played six and Oklahoma State only one.
But, obviously, D1Baseball’s projection of Tech as a No. 6 seed indicates that the matter is hardly conclusive. For instance, while Texas Tech and Oklahoma State have better records against top-100 teams, Tech is 19-10 against top-50 teams, while the Cowboys are 12-8 and the Red Raiders are 13-7.
And, as Hall noted, the Jackets took two of three games from Louisville in the Cardinals’ own stadium earlier this season. Further, Tech’s strength of schedule, both overall and non-conference, is considerably stronger than Louisville’s, and the Jackets’ and Cardinals’ records in both categories (overall and non-conference) aren’t too dissimilar.
Regardless, Tech’s placement in the top eight of RPI would seem to bode well. Over the past five years (2014-18), 31 out of 35 power-conference teams that were in the top eight in RPI at the time of field selection received top-eight seeds.
The NCAA will announce the 16 teams who will be regional hosts on Sunday night, though the identities of the top-eight national seeds will not be revealed. The entire field, including the the top-eight seeds, will be announced Monday.