2012 NCAA Baseball Projections: Baylor Expected To Be A Regional Host

Baylor is expected to host one of the regionals for the NCAA tournament

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2012 NCAA Baseball Projections: Baylor Projected To Be A Regional Host

Despite that Baylor has lost a game in the Big 12 conference tournament to Oklahoma -- their fourth in a row to Oklahoma -- they are still expected to be a regional host as well as earning a national seed. There is still plenty of baseball this week with conference tournaments finishing up this weekend.

Hosting a regional is almost a given at this point but earning a national seed could require for Baylor to at least make it to the Big 12 tournament to feel safe about earning one of the eight coveted seeds. Currently Baylor is in an elimination game today against Kansas State, and if they win they get a chance at revenge against Oklahoma.

Getting past Oklahoma will be difficult since Baylor has struggled against them this season, but they need to beat Oklahoma twice if they want to make it to the Big 12 title game and improve their chances at earning a national seed.

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2012 NCAA Baseball Projections: Baylor To Host TCU In Waco Regional

The latest projections for the 2012 NCAA Baseball Regionals - the first step for teams headed to the 2012 College World Series - are out over at Perfect Game, and Baylor's Waco Regional looks to be filled with locals. Kendall Rogers projects that the Bears, the regular season Big 12 Champions, will host future Big 12 rival TCU as well as Texas teams Sam Houston State and Prairie View A&M:

Waco Regional:

1. Baylor

2. TCU

3. Sam Houston State

4. Prairie View A&M

In addition to the Waco regional, Dallas Baptist is projected to be a No. 3 seed in the College Station Regional The Patriots are currently 37-19 head into the postseason:

College Station Regional:

1. Texas A&M

2. Arkansas

3. Valpariso

4. Dallas Baptist

As for the Bears' Big 12 Tournament prospects, it's unlikely that the Bears would lose the host bid under any circumstances, even an 0-2 showing in Oklahoma City. Baylor's RPI is currently fourth in the nation behind only Florida, Florida State and UCLA.

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2012 NCAA Baseball Regional Projections: Baylor To Host Waco Regional

The Baylor Bears, being the No. 6 baseball team in the country and all, are projected to host their own Waco Regional tournament in the postseason. Baylor had a remarkable season, winning 24 games straight at one stretch, but these are going to be the ones that count.

Projected to be in the Waco Regional with Baylor is TCU, Sam Houston State and Prairie View A&M. The Bearkats and Panthers are the regular season conference champions for the Southland and SWAC, respectively. TCU finished as co-champions of the Mountain West Conference.

Other Texas schools projected to host regionals are Rice in Houston and Texas A&M in College Station. LSU, the nation's No. 2-ranked team by Baseball America, is also projected to host its own regional in Baton Rouge, where the Texas Longhorns are expected to fall in.

Read more news, notes and analysis on the local college baseball regional tournaments at SB Nation Dallas and SB Nation Houston.

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College Baseball Rankings: Baylor Bears Finish Regular Season At No. 6

The Baylor Bears move up a spot in the Baseball America rankings after a 3-1 week to finish the regular season.

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