Does LSU Deserve NCAA Tournament Bid?

May 23, 2011

Bayou Bengal Baseball Team Awaits Next Week’s Announcement…

One week remains until the field of 64 is announced for the 2011 NCAA Division One Baseball Tournament. A full list of bubble teams will be bantered about from now until then, but none of them will likely be bantered more loudly than LSU.

The Tigers have won the last three SEC Tournaments, but this year they find themselves out of the field in Hoover, Ala for just the second time since 1985.

LSU raced-out to a 16-1 record, which was punctuated by a three-game sweep of Cal State Fullerton (which is now 37-14), but finished with just a 13-17 record in SEC play. Their only SEC series wins this season came against Ole Miss, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Mississippi State. MSU is the only team in that quartet that find themselves in Hoover this week.

The Tigers took two of three vs. the Bulldogs on the road to close the season with a 36-20 overall record. That series win should be a big shot in the arm, considering MSU had an NCAA RPI of 25 last week – one spot below LSU’s own 24 RPI. Those wins also helped LSU go 12-3 over its last 15 games.

LSU last missed the NCAA Tournament in 2006 – the year before head coach Paul Mainieri’s arrival in Baton Rouge.

So the question stands – Does LSU deserve an NCAA bid?  Cast your vote below…

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