MILLERSVILLE, PA – The NCAA has released the teams that will participate in the 2016 NCAA II tournament during its Selection Show on may 15, 2016. There are eight regions in the NCAA II, and the winner of each regional tournament will go on to the College World Series, in Cary, North Carolina.
For the Atlantic Region Tournament, the seven teams that earned bids (either through winning their conference tournament or being selected by the NCAA committee) are (in order of seeding):
- Millersville Marauders (47-5)
- West Chester Golden Rams (36-12)
- Mercyhurst Lakers (39-12)
- Shepherd Rams (37-13)
- Seton Hill Griffins (38-16)
- East Stroudsburg Warriors (36-16)
- Chowan Hawks (26-24)
This tournament should be a good one, with very solid match-ups. There are no automatics here, for the most part.
Millersville has been solid all year, as evidenced in it’s #1 ranking and its 47-5 record. They have everything they need to make a run deep into this.
West Chester has been hot late in the season, moving up the national rankings and could be the spoiler here.
Mercyhurst, who was in the Top 10 nationally early in the season, got back on track in the last weeks of the season and can also make noise here as one of the three top teams in the tournament.
Shepherd ran through a rough patch early in the season, but once in the Mountain East, they found their legs. If they are to win this tournament, they are going to have to show that they can stand with the seasoned teams listed above.
Seton Hill surprised us this year, and had some stretches that seemed unlike what we expected out of the Griffins. That being said, they have been here before and they have the personnel to beat anyone in this tournament. The question will be which Seton Hill team shows up.
East Stroudsburg, like West Chester, came storming on the national scene as the season went on. We actually like the Warriors for almost the same reasons we will be watching West Chester. They can stand up to any of these teams. Time will tell if they will.
Chowan finds itself the winner of the CIAA and with that bid, they get to jump onto the national stage. While everyone is now 0-0 and a new season begins, the Hawks will have their work cutout for them trying to battle the teams in this region.
While there are a few teams here that could play good enough to sneak into Cary, we are going with the Millersville Marauders to be the Atlantic Region representative in the College World Series in two weeks.
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