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D1Softball Field of 64 Projections: April 6

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Selection Sunday is closer than we think. This week the team at D1Softball got together to discuss what the field of 64 would look like if the tournament started this week. Not the field that we would prefer, but a field based on what data and history tells us the selection committee would do if it filled out the bracket today.

The field at the moment is very Power Five heavy, as the SEC, ACC, Pac-12 and Big Ten all have at least five representatives in our exercise. Meanwhile, the American and Conference USA are the only other conferences that received at-large bids.

Oklahoma and UCLA earn the top two seeds without much debate. The SEC leads with five national seeds, although that is two fewer than the conference earned in the final bracket a season ago. The ACC, Big 12 and Pac-12 all received at least three national seeds, while the Big Ten earned one.

Note: For automatic bids, most of which will be decided by conference tournaments and not the regular season conference records, we selected the team with the highest adjusted RPI, as of April 4.

1 Oklahoma* (1)1 Oregon (16)
4 Harvard*4 Oakland*
2 Nebraska2 Michigan
3 North Texas*3 BYU*
1 UCLA* (2)1 Clemson (15)
4 Cal State Fullerton*4 Delaware*
2 Wisconsin2 Auburn
3 San Diego State*3 USC Upstate*
1 Virginia Tech* (3)1 Texas (14)
4 George Washington*4 Texas Southern*
2 Ole Miss2 Texas A&M
3 Liberty*3 Louisiana*
1 Alabama* (4)1 Arizona State (13)
4 UMass Lowell*4 Grand Canyon*
2 Arizona2 Georgia
3 Georgia Tech3 Weber State*
1 Florida State (5)1 Arkansas (12)
4 Saint Francis (PA)*4 McNeese*
2 Mississippi State2 Oregon State
3 USF3 South Dakota State*
1 Northwestern*(6)1 Kentucky (11)
4 Northern Iowa*4 Miami (OH)*
2 Notre Dame2 Washington
3 UConn*3 Illinois
1 Florida (7)1 Duke (10)
4 Rider*4 Maryland Eastern Shore*
3 Stanford3 UNC Greensboro*
1 Tennessee (8)1 Oklahoma State (9)
4 Murray State*4 Boston*
2 Ohio State2 Missouri
3 Charlotte3 Cal

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