At least one team from the Big 12 Conference deserves a national seed. That’s the view of the league’s coaches whose teams were still playing Saturday at the Big 12 tournament.
TCU, which advanced to the championship game at 4:30 p.m. Sunday with a 4-1 win over Baylor on Saturday, is one of the hottest teams in the country after finishing the regular season as winners of 23 of the last 26 games.
The Horned Frogs are 3-0 at the tournament and may have earned their first national seed whether they win the title or not.
“I think someone in our league needs to be a national seed,” TCU coach Jim Schlossnagle said. “No. 2 RPI league in the nation? It’s got to be somebody. It might as well be us.”
TCU ranks No. 12 in the latest ratings percentage index, which calculates a team’s won-lost record against its strength of schedule. TCU is almost guaranteed to host an NCAA Regional, which they’ve done three times before (2009-11).
But the Frogs have never been a national seed, which goes to the top eight teams in the country. Those eight get to host an NCAA Super Regional if they advance. TCU has advanced to three of those — at Texas in 2009 and 2010 and at UCLA in 2012.
“At this point, which could change, I think when you look at TCU’s SOS, nonconference RPI, overall résumé, and its hot streak, it warrants a national seed,” said Perfect Game college baseball writer Kendall Rogers.
TCU’s strength of schedule ranks sixth by Boydsworld.com, a site that uses a formula similar to the one used by the NCAA selection committee. Texas’ SOS ranks fifth, but the Longhorns’ fifth-place finish in the Big 12 (compared to TCU’s second-place finish) diminishes their résumé a tad.
“We’ve had a great season. Oklahoma State has had a great season. Texas is really playing well right now. I know the first four or five are pretty easy probably for the committee to pick and the last three are probably really tough,” Schlossnagle said. “But I think our résumé is as good as any and better than most. This league deserves one.”
Especially considering that two teams (Virginia and Florida State) from the Atlantic Coast Conference appear to be locks as national seeds. The ACC ranks behind the Big 12 in league RPI.
“Somebody is going to get one out of this league,” Schlossnagle said. “They better.”
“It’s going to be hard on them and us to do a nice job every year. The scholarship doesn’t work for either one of us very well. So, boy, when you have that year you want to have it. That’s what I admire about them right now. When I watch them play, they look a little bit like us in 2012, but they’ve got more arms. I think they’ve got a shot to do something they’ll be really proud of when it’s over.” — Baylor coach Steve Smith, comparing TCU to his 2012 team, which won 24 consecutive games and reached a Super Regional.