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Vanderbilt lands #2 national seed

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The Commodores’ road to Omaha is revealed.

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At the end of the day, Vanderbilt’s 49-10 overall record and 23-7 SEC record, paired with an SEC Tournament title, were not enough to pry the #1 national seed from UCLA.

Instead, the Commodores got the #2 national seed and will host the Nashville Regional this weekend. The three other teams in the regional are Indiana State, McNeese, and Ohio State.

Indiana State — which lost 7-1 to Vanderbilt at the Hawk back on April 16 — is the 2-seed in the regional. The Sycamores went 41-16 overall and 13-8 in the MVC, whose automatic bid they won on Saturday.

McNeese is in as the Southland’s automatic qualifier; their 35-24 overall record and 16-14 conference record were good enough to land them the 3-seed in the regional.

The Nashville Regional might be the only regional in the field in which all four teams are automatic qualifiers. Ohio State, which stole the Big Ten’s automatic bid after going 34-25 in the regular season — and 12-12 in the Big Ten — is the 4-seed in Nashville.

Should Vanderbilt advance from the regional, they’ll face the winner of the Morgantown Regional, which has West Virginia as its 1-seed followed by Texas A&M, Duke, and Fordham. My money says Texas A&M will come out of that regional, but I admit to knowing nothing about this.

On a macro level, the NCAA didn’t appear to be trying to avoid an all-SEC national final: 2-seed Vanderbilt and 4-seed Georgia would be on opposite sides of the bracket should both make it to Omaha. They also didn’t try to avoid pairing teams from the same conference in a super regional. Granted, that could happen anyway if a 2-seed or lower were to advance out of a regional, but LSU is paired with Georgia, Ole Miss with Arkansas, Texas Tech with Oklahoma State, and UCLA with Oregon State should those teams advance.