The Miami Hurricanes won’t find out until Monday afternoon whether their 44-14 season and No. 1 ranking in the RPI was enough to earn them their first national seed in the NCAA tournament since 2008.
But as expected Sunday night, the Canes extended the national record streak to 43 consecutive tournament berths and learned they will host an NCAA regional at Alex Rodriguez Park for the 26th time in school history next weekend.
The NCAA will announce UM’s three regional opponents and the full field of 64 teams for the tournament at noon Monday on ESPNU.
Included among the 16 regional sites announced Sunday are Florida (43-16) in Gainesville and Atlantic Coast Conference champion Florida State (41-19) in Tallahassee. FIU (29-29) punched its ticket to the NCAA Tournament by winning the Conference USA crown Sunday, but will likely be on the road somewhere in-state.
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Regional play begins Friday and runs through the weekend.
Each of the eight national seeds has the advantage of hosting a two-team super regional should they win their regional. If UM is not named a national seed but wins its regional, the only way the Canes would stay at home for a super regional would be if the national seed in the corresponding bracket is eliminated in its regional.
The last time the Canes traveled to a super regional was in 2010 at Gainesville, where Miami lost to the Gators.
Last season UM lost at home to Texas Tech in the regionals.
Miami won national titles in 1982, ’85, ’99 and ’01, but it has not been to the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska, since 2008.
The College World Series begins June 13.
Selection Show, Noon, ESPNU
The 16 regional sites, with host schools in parentheses:
Coral Gables (Miami)
Baton Rouge, Louisiana (LSU)
Champaign, Illinois (Illinois)
College Station, Texas (Texas A&M)
Dallas (Dallas Baptist)
Fort Worth, Texas (TCU)
Fullerton, California (Cal State Fullerton)
Lake Elsinore, California (UC Santa Barbara)
Los Angeles (UCLA)
Louisville, Kentucky (Louisville)
Nashville, Tennessee (Vanderbilt)
Springfield, Missouri (Missouri State)
Stillwater, Oklahoma (Oklahoma State)