• #1 by jbcarol on 28 May 2018

  • Michael Carvell
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    2 SEC teams among 15 to appear in postseason for three major sports

    After being named to the 2018 NCAA Baseball Tournament, Auburn and Texas A&M will be among the 15 schools to participate in postseason action in FBS football, the NCAA men’s basketball tournament and baseball during the last calendar year.

    Auburn earned a No. 2 seed in the Raleigh Regional during the NCAA Tournament selection show on Monday and will face No. 3 seed Northeastern. The Tigers had previously defeated the Howlin’ Huskies in two out of three games in March, which included a no-hit performance by ace Casey Mize.

    Texas A&M earned a No. 3 seed in the Austin Regional and will face No. 2 seed Indiana.

    Auburn football — which defeated Georgia in the SEC Championship Game last December — appeared in the Peach Bowl against UCF in January, which resulted in a 34-27 loss.

    Texas A&M football lost 55-52 to Wake Forest in the Belk Bowl last December.

    The Tigers men’s basketball team earned a share of the SEC regular-season title with Tennessee before being eliminated by Clemson in the second round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament in March.

    The Aggies men’s basketball defeated Providence and North Carolina before being defeated by Michigan — which was defeated by Villanova in the National Championship Game — in the third round of the March Madness tournament.

    ‏ @RedditCFB

    15 schools sent teams to an 🏈 FBS Bowl, the 🏀 #NCAATournament, and the ⚾️ #RoadToOmaha:
    • ACC: Clemson, Duke, FSU, NC State
    • Big 12: Oklahoma, Texas, Texas Tech
    • Big Ten: Ohio State, Purdue
    • Pac-12: UCLA
    • SEC: Auburn, TAMU
    • Other: Houston, NMSU, San Diego St
  • #2 by jbcarol on 06 Jun 2018
  • DawgNation
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    Georgia baseball not ‘turned around,’ but back where it should be

    ATHENS — It has been interesting to witness the reaction the last couple of days to Georgia’s baseball team getting knocked out of the NCAA Tournament. The eighth-seeded Bulldogs (39-21) were upset by Duke in back-to-back games on Monday, thus losing a home regional for the first time in school history and sending the Blue Devils to the Super Regionals for the first time ever.

    As for the 2018 season abruptly ending, I don’t believe the home-regional ouster should taint the good work done over 60 games by coach Scott Stricklin and his team. It was a great season by any measure, and it far exceeded expectations.

    It’s when we get into the realm of expectations, though, that I might feel a little differently than did Stricklin. He was very adamant in emphasizing afterward that he had “turned this program around.” I’m not sure that I agree with that completely.
  • #3 by jbcarol on 08 Jun 2018
  • Auburn baseball 'ahead of the game' in Year 3 under Butch Thompson

    Thompson has the Tigers somewhere they've been just one before nearly two decades ago. Following a sweep through the Raleigh Regional last week, Thompson has Auburn heading to a Super Regional for the first time since 1999, the year the NCAA introduced that format. Auburn (42-21) will take on top overall seed Florida (45-18) this weekend in Gainesville, Fla., with a berth in the College World Series on the line.

    "Sometimes it takes two or three years to get a regional-type team built, so in some ways I feel like we're ahead of the game," Thompson said.
  • #4 by jbcarol on 09 Jun 2018
  • Tyler Cleveland
    ‏ @TylerCleveland
    Jun 4

    That'll do it. Tennessee Tech plays its way out of the loser's bracket and advances to the super regional round with back-to-back wins over No. 4 national seed Ole Miss: 15-5 in the matinee and 3-2 in the nightcap.

    End of season for the SEC "That's Baseball" Tournament champs
  • #5 by jbcarol on 10 Jun 2018
  • Kentucky gets a national championship in something other than Men's Basketball:

    Joe Mussatto
    ‏Verified account @joe_mussatto

    Kentucky's Sydney McLaughlin wins the 400-meter hurdles title at the NCAA championships.

    At her best time, 52.75 seconds, the race is over. For an 18-year-old with festering doubts and nerves, whose coach considers it a challenge to train her, 52.75 seconds isn’t just good — it’s the best women’s 400-meter hurdles time recorded in 2018. Not just in the NCAA, but in the world.

    The conundrum of Sydney McLaughlin is one that plagues geniuses across all fields, sports or not. What is there to chase when greatness has already been achieved?

    McLaughlin, an Olympian at 16, might very well be the future face of U.S. Track and Field. The Kentucky freshman has 245,000 Instagram followers — more than the combined total of Kevin Knox and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, two soon-to-be first round NBA draft picks from Kentucky.

    In the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro, she became the youngest American track athlete to compete in the Olympics since 1972. She failed to qualify for the finals, but two years later, McLaughlin owns the collegiate 400-meter hurdles record by nearly half a second. She set the mark last month at the SEC Championships.

    Most of McLaughlin’s races aren’t close. The camera often has to pan down the stretch to include her competitors.

    “It’s a balance between good and bad, having somebody there [challenging you],” McLaughlin said. “That’s why the 400 hurdles is such a gamble sometimes. You never know what’s gonna happen.”

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  • Auburn baseball 'ahead of the game' in Year 3 under Butch Thompson

    — On Auburn’s season ending:

    After twice robbing Austin Langworthy of extra-base hits on highlight-reel diving plays earlier in the game, the Tigers couldn't come up with a third web gem. Langworthy hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 11th, the ball caroming off the glove of a leaping Steven Williams at the right-field wall, to give Florida a 3-2 win in the final game of the Gainesville Super Regional, ending Auburn's season just shy of Omaha.

    Once the immediate gravity of the home run washed away, the Tigers' entire dugout and bullpen emptied onto the field to console Williams, the Freshman All-American who helped the team accomplish so much this season --

    It was a gesture that Thompson found befitting of his team, a close-knit group that was projected to finish sixth in the SEC West this season but outperformed expectations, sweeping its way through a regional and coming within a run of unseating the defending champs -- a team that spent the entire season ranked first or second in the country.

    "Yeah, we get our hearts ripped out, but at the same time, this is living," Thompson said. "This is awesome to be a part of."
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  • Gators baseball closed the season going 9-10 with 23 errors during that span.

    Peaked at 40-12 in mid-May.