Thoughts of the Day: June 1, 2021

A few thoughts to jump start your Tuesday morning:

GATORS FACE SOUTH FLORIDA FRIDAY AT NOON

Florida wasn’t going to be a top eight national seed, but the Gators (38-20) should not be thrilled with a No. 15 seeding handed to them by the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee. The Gators will host a regional beginning Friday that includes No. 2 seed Miami (32-19), No. 3 South Alabama (33-20) and No. 4 South Florida (28-27).


The Gators will open tournament play Friday at noon against South Florida with the Miami-South Alabama contest following at 5 p.m.


Other than getting swept by No. 1 Arkansas in the final weekend of the regular season, the Gators played well down the stretch. They won five consecutive weekend SEC series prior to meeting up with the Arkansas buzzsaw and that including taking two of three from Vanderbilt when the Commodores were ranked No. 2 nationally. Vandy is still No. 2 in two of the three polls that were released Monday and the Commodores received a No. 4 national seed.


It was thought that Florida’s strong showing (3-1 including a 14-1 blasting of No. 7 national seed Mississippi State) at the SEC Tournament in Hoover would move them up in the 10-12 range of national seeds, but No. 15? The committed ranked Old Dominion of Conference USA (11 seed) and East Carolina of the American Athletic (13 seed) higher. ODU played four games against teams ranked in the top 25 RPI and East Carolina played three. Florida played 17.


Because of the 15 national seed, the Gators are paired with the Austin regional and No. 2 national seed Texas (42-15). Perhaps the committee thought this would be a better pairing since a No. 14 would send the Gators to Knoxville and a No. 13 would send them to Nashville, but whatever the motivation, the Gators should have been seeded higher than 15. Going 20-14 (counting the SEC Tournament) against Southeastern Conference opponents deserves better than the No. 15 seeding.

Baseball America top 25 poll: 1. Arkansas 46-10; 2. Vanderbilt 40-15; 3. Tennessee 45-16; 4. Notre Dame 30-11; 5. Texas 42-15; 6. Arizona 40-15; 7. Stanford 33-14; 8. Mississippi State 40-15; 9. Texas Tech 36-15; 10. Ole Miss 41-19; 11. TCU 40-17; 12. FLORIDA 38-20; 13. Oregon 37-14; 14. Old Dominion 42-14; 15. UC-Irvine 40-16; 16. North Carolina State 30-17; 18. East Carolina 41-15; 18. Florida State 30-22; 19. Nebraska31-12; 20. Louisiana Tech 40-18; 21. UCLA 35-18; 22. Oklahoma State 25-17-1; 23. Southern Miss 37-19; 24. Duke 32-20; 25. Charlotte 39-19.

Collegiate Baseball poll: 1. Arkansas 46-10; 2. Vanderbilt 40-15; 3. Mississippi State 40-15; 4. Texas 42-15; 5. Tennessee 45-16; 6. Arizona 40-15; 8. Notre Dame 30-11; 8. TCU 40-17; 9. Stanford 33-14; 10. Oregon 37-14; 11. Texas Tech 36-15; 12. FLORIDA 38-20; 13. East Carolina 41-15; 14. Ole Miss 41-19; 15. UC-Irvine 40-16; 16. South Carolina 33-21; 17. UCLA 35-18; 18. Nebraska 31-12; 19. Duke 32-20; 20. Oklahoma State 35-17-1; 21. Georgia Tech 29-23; 22. North Carolina State 30-17; 23. Arizona State 32-20; 24. Old Dominion 42-14; 25. Louisiana Tech 40-18; 26. Central Michigan 40-16; 27. Virginia Commonwealth 37-14; 28. Miami 32-19; 29. Charlotte 39-19; 30. UConn 33-17.

USA Today Coaches Poll: 1. Arkansas 46-10; 2. Tennessee 45-16; 3. Vanderbilt; 4. Texas 42-15; 5. Arizona 40-15; 6. Notre Dame 30-11; 7. Texas Tech 36-15; 8. Mississ