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College Baseball Weekend Preview: Tournament Edition

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Amazingly, the season is, almost, over (stupid PAC-12). The prospecting action is rising with the temperatures, the conference tournaments are underway. What does that mean for you and your weekend activities? It means you should be watching baseball, of course. Preferably, the closest college game. Henceforth and without more preamble or ado, your conference tourney updates from around the nation.

Matt Ryerson-US PRESSWIRE

ACC

Thursday saw a walk-off upset as Virginia Tech eliminated Florida State setting themselves into a Friday matchup with Georgia Tech. A win would put them into Sunday's Championship. Thursday also saw favorite North Carolina win over Miami and Virginia bounce back from THEIR upset at the hands of Virginia Tech as they beat Georgia Tech.

Friday: Three games, North Carolina State vs. Miami, Virginia Tech vs. Georgia Tech, North Carolina vs. Clemson

Saturday: Three games, Virginia vs. Florida State, Clemson vs. Miami, NC State vs. North Carolina

All games can be seen on ESPN3 and RSN

Sunday Championship: 1:00 Eastern, from Durham. Airing on ESPN2

Tournament home page with results, schedule, and links. (link)

Big 10

Tourney favorite and regular season champs Indiana got past Minnesota, Thursday, 4-2.

Friday: Three games. Illinois vs. Minnesota (the winner will face Nebraska, the loser goes home), Ohio State vs. Indiana

Saturday, the winners play with double-elimination and a deciding game on Sunday, if necessary.

All games are on the Big 10 network.

Big 12

Regular season champ Kansas state downed Texas Tech while Oklahoma got a complete-game shutout from Jonathan Gray to get by Baylor, in Thursday's action. Assume Gray's draft stock rose with that one.

Everybody is in action again Friday and Saturday as well in the round-robin pool format with the championship airing Sunday on Fox Sports Net.

Big East

Favorite Louisville was eliminated Thursday, leaving the door open for Rutgers, Seton Hall, or even Notre Dame, an early season favorite that played the season well under expectations. Louisville had won 16 games in a row.

Coverage is here, with Sunday's championship on ESPNU

Conference USA

Rice followed Austin Kubitza's 9K performance Wednesday against UAB with a Thursday win against UCF in the C-USA tournament. The two wins in pool play keep them in contention for Sunday's championship with one game left Saturday against Memphis. Pool 2 favorite Southern Miss plays Friday and Saturday having a win under their belt over Tulane.

Friday: Three games, Tulane vs. East Carolina, Houston vs. Southern Miss, UAB vs. UCF

Saturday: Three games, Memphis vs. Rice, Tulane vs. Houston, East Carolina vs. Southern Miss

Championship Sunday on CBS Sports Net

Scores and Schedule

Mid American

Weather interfered with the final first round game in the MAC tournament pitting Miami (OH) against Central Michigan. The tournament has already seen huge offensive numbers with Buffalo and Toledo combining for 22 runs (with Toledo advancing), and Buffalo giving up another 13 against Northern Illinois while being shut out. Wednesday also saw 20 runs in Ball State's 13-7 win over Miami (OH), and 23 scored in Kent State's 15-8 win against Central Michigan.

The bracket is here.

And if you happen to live near Avon, Ohio, go out to the games, and take an umbrella.

Mountain West

Top seed New Mexico defeated Nevada, Thursday, matching them up with UNLV on Friday evening. San Diego State and Fresno State each won and lost Wednesday and Thursday and they will face off Friday. Each team beat Air Force who has been eliminated.

Follow the bracket here.

SEC

There are only two Friday games in the SEC Tournament: LSU faces Alabama in the first game. The teams faced each other on Wednesday with LSU earning a 3-0 shutout. The winner will face Arkansas on Saturday with the winner advancing to the Sunday championship game. Arkansas beat LSU on Thursday to add to their Wednesday win against Ole Miss.

The second game features Vanderbilt and Texas A&M. The winner of that game will meet Mississippi State in the semi-final and have a chance to play Sunday. Vandy lost to A&M on Wednesday and then beat South Carolina to advance and send the Gamecocks home. A&M has the win over Vandy and a loss to Mississippi State. MSU beat South Carolina in their Wednesday matchup.

Friday's games will be on College Sports South, Saturday's on ESPNEWS, and Sunday's championship game will be on ESPN2.

The brackets are here.

Sun Belt

Wednesday was full of chalk in the Sun Belt as all favorites won, Florida Atlantic beat Western Kentucky, Troy took down Arkansas State, South Alabama won against University of Arkansas-Little Rock, and the University of Louisiana-Lafayette were victorious against Florida International. Thursday, Arkansas State eliminated Western Kentucky and FIU sent UALR home.

Friday shapes up to be exciting as FAU plays Troy, South Alabama takes on UL-L, and Arkansas State and FIU await the losers with the winners moving on to play Saturday.

Brackets

WCC

The four-team WCC tournament promises fireworks with a limited field featuring two of the country's best ballplayers. In Thursday action, Gonzaga's likely first-round hurler Marco Gonzales couldn't fend off the San Francisco Dons. Gonzales gave up 5 runs in 7 innings and took the loss. Gonzales' co-conference POTY, University of San Diego's Kris Bryant was also in action Thursday as the Toreros went to extra innings, beating BYU in the bottom of the 10th inning. Bryant was held homerless, but did reach base 4 times and score 3 of the Toreros 9 runs.

USD and USF will face off Friday with the winner advancing to Saturday's championship. Gonzaga and BYU play earlier in the day to try and stave off elimination. The USD/USF loser will play the GU/BYU winner to determine Saturday's other team.

The championship game can be seen on ESPNU at 7:00pm Pacific.

All the tourney info you need.

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PAC-12

Unfortunately for us all, the PAC-12 doesn't hold a conference tournament, but they do continue play through this weekend. At the top, right now, sits Oregon State. The Beavers have a three-game set with Washington State and need at least two wins to clinch. Standing between them and the championship are the Bruins of UCLA, and the Beavers' fiercest rival, the Oregon Ducks. Both squads enter the weekend two games behind OSU.