Mississippi State (39-22), the SEC Tournament champion, will travel to Florida State to open NCAA tournament play in the Tallahassee Regional. MSU, a No. 2 seed, will play No. 3 seed Samford on Friday.
“Mississippi State has had some success there in the past. Certainly the field is in my opinion one of the better fields in the country,” MSU coach John Cohen said.
The Bulldogs won the Tallahassee Regional in 2007, then hosted Clemson in the super regional round en route to the College World Series.
FSU, the No. 3 national seed, will play UAB. Former MSU coach Ron Polk is a volunteer assistant for the Blazers. The winner of this regional will play the winner of the Palo Alto Regional at Stanford. If Pepperdine, the two seed there, can win that regional, then MSU could host a super regional.
“Nobody wants to play Mississippi State right now,” ESPNU analyst Ben McDonald said during the selection show.
The Bulldogs have won eight of their last nine games and won five games in six days to capture the SEC Tournament title. It’s a little different feeling than last year, when MSU went two-and-out in the SEC Tournament but made a run to the super regionals.
“Your kids feel like they’re on a roll. They feel like they’re playing well, and they are,” Cohen said.
“That’s three conference champions coming in here. We all know how hot Mississippi State is,” FSU coach Mike Martin said on ESPNU.