The college baseball regular season has entered the final week with conference tournaments set to begin next week.
Tulane and Southeastern are both seeking at-large bids while LSU is in good shape to host a regional but may not get a national seed. As of now, the Lions and Green Wave appear more likely than not to be in the field of 64 at this time. But there are more games to play.
The Green Wave (35-17, 12-9) have a 56 RPI in the NCAA while they are 54 in Warren Nolan and Boyd's World. With a shot at finishing third place in the C-USA standings, Tulane will host Marshall in a three-game Conference USA series this weekend. A sweep is the only positive result for Rick Jones' squad since the Thundering Herd have a sub-200 RPI.
LSU (40-13, 17-10) lost two out of three to Vanderbilt this past weekend but still has a high RPI rating. The Tigers will need to get back on track on the road against second-ranked South Carolina this weekend and in the SEC tournament to hold on to a national seed. In fact, the Tigers and two-time defending national champion Gamecocks may be essentially in a playoff for a Top 8 seed this weekend.
Southeastern faces the same situation as Tulane as they host McNeese State in a three-game Southland series this weekend. The Lions (34-18, 18-11) RPI is number 55 in all rankings. Any losses to the Cowboys, another poor RPI foe, would be costly to SLU, which can vault to the two-seed in the SLC Tournament next weekend with any combination of two wins or Texas State losses over the enxt three days.
As for other Louisiana schools, they will have to win their conference tournaments to get into the NCAA with RPIs below 100. Southern hosts the SWAC Tournament this week.
Here are the RPI rankings of all Louisiana schools by Warren Nolan, Boyd's World, NCAA:
LA Tech 116/114/120
Northwestern State 173/172/168
McNeese State 188/188/196
As for conference RPIs, the SEC is still at number two while Conference USA is number fifth. The Southland is number 14 this week. Here are the conference RPIs that pertain to Louisiana schools by Warren Nolan and Boyd's World:
Sun Belt 15/16
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