ICYMI: Big Ten Sends Record Number of Teams to NCAA Baseball Tournament
You might not have seen it because Michigan State wasn't in it, but after a very hard fought Big Ten tournament filled with upsets, the Big Ten is sending a record number of teams to the NCAA tournament.
Iowa, the five seed in the Big Ten tournament, beat the seven seed Northwestern in the final game to receive the conference's automatic bid. Four other Big Ten schools also received at-large selections.
The five Big Ten representatives in the baseball tournament is a conference record. Teams were drawn into four team groups and play double elimination games until one team from each group advances to the Super Regionals.
Previously mentioned Iowa received a 4-seed and will play against Houston who hosts the regional. Baylor and Texas A&M are also in that group.
Michigan and their 40+ wins this season advanced despite being the first team knocked out of the Big Ten tournament. They grab a 3-seed and play Florida Gulf Coast in the Chapel Hill regional. North Carolina and Davidson make up the other half.
Nebraska has to travel west to play in the Corvallis region. The Cornhuskers are the 2-seed and will play Yale. Winner plays the winner of Oregon State and Holy Cross.
Indiana (who hosted the Big Ten tournament) does not have to travel far, they go to Lexington as a 2-seed and will play North Carolina State in their first game. Kentucky and Ohio are the one-four matchup.
And Maryland heads to the Winston-Salem regional to play West Virginia. The Terps are a 3-seed and are joined in that group by Wake Forest and UMBC.