Good morning and happy Memorial Day.
Nothing says "welcome to summer" like the AC going out, which is what we noticed last night about 9. With the ceiling fans cranked up and the darkness setting in, we got through the first night OK. Now the fun begins, trying to get on the repair list on a holiday.
The baseball Rebels will celebrate the holiday with a 12:30 practice. It's already scheduled. There remains the possibility there will be nothing to practice for, though I suspect the Rebels will get an at-large bid, even though Kentucky was not awarded a host site. We'll see. Kentucky lost 10 of its last 18 games. That was a factor, as well as the Wildcats' non-conference schedule.
While the Rebels weren't exactly hot at the finish, losing seven of eight since a sweep of Tennessee, they did schedule aggressively in the non-conference with road trips to TCU and Louisville, each time splitting two games. Both are projected 2 seeds. Here are the final projections from SEBaseball.com. Mark Etheridge has the Rebels as a 3 seed at Florida State.
The remainder of the NCAA tournament field will be announced in an hour-long selection show beginning at 11 a.m. on ESPNU.
Speaking of the NCAAs, two regional teams that with which the Rebels split during the season, Memphis and Arkansas State, both played in their conference tournament championship games, but both were defeated at the doorstep of the big boy tournament.
Memphis lost to UAB, while Arkansas State lost to ULM, the University formerly known as Northeast Louisiana. As an alum, I was pleased to hear the final score, even watched a couple of innings on CSS, but was unaccustomed to the news of success coming from Monroe.
Finally, if you thought SEC baseball was tough this year, and it was, consider the newcomers. Texas A&M is a regional host with 42 wins, and Missouri, a six seed in the Big 12 tournament, made an unexpected run to the title that could keep Texas out.