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2021 NCAA baseball tournament: Regionals, dates, bracket

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The NCAA baseball tournament is back in 2021 after being canceled in 2020.
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College baseball will crown a champion again this summer after last season’s NCAA tournament was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The 64 teams that will be vying for the College World Series title have been announced, as have the regionals for the start of the tournament. From top teams to dates to the format, here is what you need to know for the 2021 NCAA baseball tournament:

What are the dates for the 2021 NCAA baseball tournament?

All 16 regionals are scheduled to be conducted from June 4 to June 7 and the super regionals will take place from June 11 to June 14. The College World Series will begin June 19 with the best-of-three College World Series Finals starting June 28 and running until June 29 or 30.

How do NCAA baseball regionals work?

Regionals are held in 16 national locations and consist of four teams at each location seeded No. 1 through No. 4 playing in a double-elimination format. The highest-ranked team in a given regional is the host. 

Within each regional, there will be either six or seven games under the following format:

Friday, June 4

Game 1: No. 1 vs. No. 4

Game 2: No. 2 vs. No. 3

 

Saturday, June 5

Game 3: Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner

Game 4: Game 1 loser vs. Game 2 loser

Sunday, June 6

Game 5: Game 4 winner vs.Game 3 loser

Game 6: Game 3 winner vs. Game 5 winner

Monday, June 7 (if necessary)

Game 7: Game 6 rematch

From there, the 16 teams that win their respective regionals advance to best-of-three super regionals. The top eight overall seeds, considered national seeds, in the tournament are guaranteed to host super regionals if they make it through their regional.

Will fans be in attendance for the 2021 NCAA baseball tournament?

There will be fans in the stands at all 16 regional sites. The NCAA announced on May 19 that public health authorities will determine fan capacities at championship events, so it is up to the hosts for the regionals to figure out just how many spectators can attend each game. 

The 2021 College World Series in Omaha, Neb., will be at full capacity for fans. College World Series tickets go on sale for the general public at 11 a.m. ET on June 7.

Where can you watch the 2021 NCAA baseball tournament?

All regional games will be broadcast on the ESPN family of networks. The College World Series will be broadcast on ESPN and ESPN2.

Who is the top seed for the 2021 NCAA baseball tournament?

Arkansas is the No. 1 seed entering this year’s tournament after finishing the season with a 46-10 record. The Razorbacks are coming off their first SEC tournament championship and have won eight straight games dating back to May 15.

The other seven national seeds are Texas, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Arkansas, TCU, Misissippi State and Texas Tech.

What is the 2021 NCAA baseball tournament bracket?

Fayetteville Regional

Game 1: No. 1 Arkansas vs. No. 4 NJIT, 12 p.m. PT

Game 2: No. 2 Nebraska vs. No. 3 Northeastern, 5 p.m. PT

Ruston Regional

Game 1: No. 1 Louisiana Tech vs. No. 4 Rider, 4 p.m. PT

Game 2: No. 2 NC State vs. No. 3 Alabama, 12 p.m. PT

 

Stanford Regional

Game 1: No. 1 Stanford vs. No. 4 North Dakota State, 1 p.m. PT

Game 2: No. 2 UC Irvine vs. No. 3 Nevada, 6 p.m. PT

Lubbock Regional

Game 1: No. 1 Texas Tech vs. No. 4 Army, 9 a.m. PT

Game 2: No. 2 UCLA vs. No. 3 North Carolina, 4 p.m. PT

Tucson Regional

Game 1: No. 1 Arizona vs. No. 4 Grand Canyon, 7 p.m. PT

Game 2: No. 2 Oklahoma State vs. No. 3 UC Santa Barbara, 1 p.m. PT

Oxford Regional

Game 1: No. 1 Ole Miss vs. No. 4 SE Missouri State, 5 p.m. PT

Game 2: No. 2 Southern Miss vs. No. 3 Florida State, 12 p.m. PT

Greenville Regional

Game 1: No. 1 East Carolina vs. No. 4 Norfolk State, 9 a.m. PT

Game 2: No. 2 Charlotte vs. No. 3 Maryland, 3 p.m. PT

Nashville Regional

Game 1: No. 1 Vanderbilt vs. No. 4 Presbyterian, 4 p.m. PT

Game 2: No. 2 Georgia Tech vs. No. 3 Indiana State, 10 a.m. PT

Austin Regional

Game 1: No. 1 Texas vs. No. 4 Southern, 11 a.m. PT

Game 2: No. 2 Arizona State vs. No. 3 Fairfield, 4 p.m. PT

Gainesville Regional

Game 1: No. 1 Florida vs. No. 4 South Florida, 9 a.m. PT

Game 2: No. 2 Miami vs. No. 3 South Alabama, 2 p.m. PT

South Bend Regional

 

Game 1: No. 1 Notre Dame vs. No. 4 Central Michigan, 10 a.m. PT

Game 2: No. 2 UConn vs. No. 3 Michigan, 4 p.m. PT

Starkville Regional

Game 1: No. 1 Mississippi State vs. No. 4 Samford, 12 p.m. PT

Game 2: No. 2 VCU vs. No. 3 Campbell, 5 p.m. PT

Fort Worth Regional

Game 1: No. 1 TCU vs. No. 4 McNeese, 4 p.m. PT

Game 2: No. 2 Oregon State vs. No. 3 Dallas Baptist,11 a.m. PT

Columbia Regional

Game 1: No. 1 Old Dominion vs. No. 4 Jacksonville, 4 p.m. PT

Game 2: No. 2 South Carolina vs. No. 3 Virginia, 9 a.m. PT

Eugene Regional

Game 1: No. 1 Oregon vs. No. 4 Central Connecticut State, 2 p.m. PT

Game 2: No. 2 Gonzaga vs. No. 3 LSU, 7 p.m. PT

Knoxville Regional

Game 1: No. 1 Tennessee vs. No. 4 Wright State, 3 p.m. PT

Game 2: No. 2 Duke vs. No. 3 Liberty, 9 a.m. PT

Alabama, Michigan, North Carolina and UC Santa Barbara eked in as the last four in while Baylor, Pitt, Georgia and Ball State fell just short as the first four out.