NC Sports Report: Carolina’s Send 10 to NCAA Baseball Tournament

North and South Carolina Combine to Send 10 Teams to NCAA Baseball Tournament

The 2018 NCAA Baseball Tournament, as always, will feature a 64 team field that begins regional play this Friday. Lucky for us, 10 of the 64 teams are in our backyard. See whos heading where here.

Tournament Specs 

  • The overall field is set by 33 conference champions and 31 at-large bids. 
  • Regionals are hosted by the top 16 seeds and feature a round-robin, double elimination tournament to advance to the super regional. 
  • Super Regionals are a best of three-game series with the eight winners advancing to the College World Series
  • Then the remaining eight teams will play a double-elimination tournament until a winner is determined. 
  • TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Nebraska is the site of the College World Series.
  • Regional Play: June 1st-4th
  • Super Regionals: June 8th-11th
  • College World Series: June 16th-27th

Top Overall Seeds

  1. Florida (SEC)
  2. Stanford (Pac-12)
  3. Oregon St. (Pac-12)
  4. Ole Miss (SEC)
  5. Arkansas (SEC)
  6. North Carolina (ACC)
  7. Florida St. (ACC)
  8. Georgia (SEC)
  9. Texas Tech (Big 12)
  10. Clemson (ACC)
  11. Stenson (A-Sun)
  12. East Carolina (AAC)
  13. Texas (Big 12)
  14. Minnesota (B10)
  15. Coastal Carolina (Sun Belt)
  16. North Carolina St. (ACC)

North Carolina Teams Hosting Regionals

North Carolina is sending seven teams to the NCAA Baseball Tournament. Three are hosting regionals.

#6 North Carolina Tar Heels

  • Overall: 38-18
  • Atlantic Coast Conference: 22-8
  • At-large Bid
  • 31st Tournament Appearance
  • Head Coach
    • Mike Fox (17th Season)
  • Teams in Regional
    • #2 Purdue (B10)
    • #3 Houston  (AAC)
    • #4 North Carolina A&T (MEAC)

#12 East Carolina Pirates

  • Overall: 43-16
  • American Athletic Conference: 14-10
  • Automatic Bid (AAC Tourney Winner)
  • 29th Tournament Appearance
  • Head Coach
    • Cliff Godwin (3rd Season)
  • Teams in Regional
    • #2 South Carolina (SEC)
    • #3 Ohio St. (B10)
    • #4 North Carolina-Wilmington (CAA)

#16 North Carolina State Wolfpack

  • Overall: 40-16
  • Atlantic Coast Conference: 19-11
  • At-Large Bid
  • 30th Tournament Appearance
  • Head Coach
    • Elliott Avent (20th Season)
  • Teams in Regional
    • #2 Auburn (SEC)
    • #3 Northeastern (CAA) 
    • #4 Army (Patriot)

Other NC Teams in the Field

Duke Blue Devils

 

  • #2 Seed Athens Regional
  • Overall: 39-14
  • Atlantic Coast Conference: 18-11
  • At-Large Bid
  • 7th Tournament Appearance
  • Head Coach:
    • Chris Pollard (5th Season)
  • Teams in Regional 
    • #1 Georgia (SEC)
    • #3 Troy (Sun Belt)
    • #4 Campbell (Big South)

Campbell Camels

  • #4 Seed Athens Regional
  • Overall: 35-24
  • Big South: 21-6
  • Automatic Bid
  • 3rd Tournament Appearance
  • Head Coach
    • Justin Haire (2nd Season)
  • Teams in Regional
    • #1 Georgia (SEC)
    • #2 Duke (ACC)
    • #3 Troy (Sun Belt)

North Carolina A&T Aggies

  • #4 Seed Chapel Hill Regional
  • Overall: 32-23
  • Mid-Eastern Atlantic: 16-8
  • Automatic Bid
  • 2nd Tournament Appearance
  • Head Coach
    • Ben Hall (4th Season)
  • Teams in Regional
    • #1 North Carolina (ACC)
    • #2 Purdue (B10)
    • #3 Houston (AAC)

North Carolina-Wilmington Seahawks

  • #4 Seed Greenville Regional
  • Overall: 37-21
  • Colonial Athletic: 14-9
  • Automatic Bid
  • 9th Tournament Appearance
  • Head Coach
    • Mark Scalf (26th Season)
  • Teams in Regional
    • #1 East Carolina (AAC)
    • #2 South Carolina (SEC)
    • #3 Ohio St. (B10)

South Carolina Teams Hosting Regionals

South Carolina is sending three teams to the NCAA Tournament. Two are hosting regionals.

#10 Clemson Tigers

  • Overall: 45-14
  • Atlantic Coast: 22-8
  • At-large Bid
  • 43rd Tournament Appearance
  • Head Coach
    • Monte Lee (3rd Season)
  • Teams in Regional
    • #2 Vanderbilt (SEC)
    • #3 St. John’s (Big East)
    • #4 Morehead St. (Ohio Valley)

#15 Coastal Carolina Chanticleers

  • Overall: 42-17
  • Sun Belt: 23-7
  • Automatic Bid
  • 15th Tournament Appearance
    • 2016 Champions
  • Head Coach
    • Gary Gilmore (23rd Season)
  • Teams in Regional
    • #2 UConn (AAC)
    • #3 Washington (Pac 12)
    • #4 LIU-Brooklyn (Northeast)

Other SC Teams in the Field

South Carolina Gamecocks

  • #2 Seed Greenville Regional
  • Overall: 33-24
  • Southeastern: 17-13
  • At-Large Bid
  • 32nd Tournament Appearance
    • 2010 & 2011 Champions
  • Head Coach
    • Mark Kingston (1st Season)
  • Teams in Regional
    • #1 East Carolina (AAC)
    • #3 Ohio St. (B10)
    • #4 North Carolina-Wilmington

 

All eyes are on Chapel Hill, Greenville, Clemson, Conway, Raleigh, and Athens this weekend. At best, the two states could combine for six teams in the Super Regionals. Furthermore, all 6 of those teams could potentially move on to the College World Series since none would have to play one another in the Super Regional. Let’s see how these regionals turnout first. Enjoy the games.

 

NC FBS Report Week 14

NC FBS Week 14 Scoreboard

Week 14:

Mountaineers Crush Cajun’s to Claim Share of Conference Crown

Louisiana-Lafayette (5-7, 4-4) 14
Appalachian State (8-4, 7-1) 63

At halftime one thing was clear, Appalachian State wanted their share of the Sun Belt Conference Title. The score at the half was 35-7 Mountaineers. In the second half, the onslaught continued. App State poured on another 28 points to stretch the final advantage to 63-14.

In his final, game at Kidd-Brewer Stadium, Taylor Lamb went out with a bang. The Calhoun, GA native completed 17 out of 22 pass attempts for 242 yards and four touchdowns. He also added 87 yards and a touchdown on five rush attempts. Over Lamb’s four seasons as App State’s starting QB, the Mountaineers are 19-5 at home.

On the ground, aside from Lamb, freshman Daetrich Harrington and junior Jalen Moore were unstoppable. Each carried the ball seventeen times apiece, Harrington racked up 118 yards and touchdown and Moore totaled 110 yards and two touchdowns. 

“When I think back to five years ago, we were 4-8,” App Head Coach Scott Satterfield said. “And then four years ago, we step into this conference and started out 1-5. But since that point, it has been a great journey.


NC FBS Power Rankings

1 NC State (8-4, 6-2)
2 Duke (6-6, 3-3)
3 Wake Forest (7-5, 4-4)
4 Appalachian State (8-4, 7-1)
5 North Carolina (3-9, 1-7)
6 East Carolina (3-9, 3-6)
7 UNC-Charlotte (1-11, 1-7)

NC Team Bowl Games and Predictions

  • Dollar General Bowl (Mobile, AL) – 12/23 7:00 PM
    • Toledo (11-2) vs Appalachian State (8-4)
      • Prediction: App State
  • Quick Lane Bowl (Detroit, MI) – 12/26 5:15 PM
    • Northern Illinois (8-4) vs Duke (6-6)
      • Prediction: Northern Illinois
  • Belk Bowl (Charlotte, NC) – 12/29 1:00 PM
    • Texas A&M (7-5) vs Wake Forest (7-5)
      • Prediction: Wake Forest
  • Hyundai Sun Bowl (El Paso, TX) – 12/29 3:00 PM
    • Arizona State (7-5) vs #24 NC State (8-4)
      • Prediction: NC State

*RONGY- 51-28 (W14: 1-0) through Week 14 Picks*


NC FBS Report Week 13

 

NC FBS Report Week 13

NC FBS Week 13 Scoreboard

Week 13:

Pirates Get Tagged by Tigers

East Carolina (3-9, 3-6) 13
#20 Memphis (10-1, 7-1) 70

In their last game of the season, and perhaps Scottie Montgomery’s last as head coach, ECU got trounced in Memphis. Gardner Minshew came back down to Earth and tossed three interceptions. To make matters worse Memphis outgained East Carolina 635-466 and didn’t commit a turnover. ECU never had a chance. Despite Minshew’s struggles, Trevon Brown continued to shine. The junior from Wilmington caught seven passes for 128 yards.

”This probably was the best team we’ve played to this point, and it’s going to be an interesting championship game,” Pirate coach Scottie Montgomery said. ”That’s a championship team we just watched. In this league, there’s going to be teams with speed, and then there’s the rest of the group,” Montgomery added. ”I think we can play with a lot of the teams that are not these speed teams, but (speed teams) expose you…Today, was a really, really clear sight of that.”


Devils Down Deacons

Duke (6-6, 3-3) 31
Wake Forest (7-5, 4-4) 23

It came down to their last opportunity, but David Cutcliffe’s Blue Devils are bowl-eligible. Despite being down 10-0 after one quarter, Duke was able to come back and top Wake Forest in Winston-Salem. The Blue Devils held a clear advantage in total yards, time of possession, and first downs. Though he threw three interceptions, Daniel Jones was 25 for 44 on pass attempts for 346 yards and two touchdowns. On the other side, John Wolford struggled just a bit more. Wolford threw for 191 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions on 16/33 passing. 

“Today we were better on third down,” Duke QB Daniel Jones said. “That’s big. Against an ACC team, you have to be able to convert third down. Also in the red zone, we’ve been better at converting our opportunities into touchdowns.”

“Whatever you want to say, they outplayed us, out-prepared us, outcoached us, they just out-executed us and they deserved to win the game. We didn’t.” – Wake Head Coach Dave Clawson


Mountaineers Pounce on Panthers

Appalachian State (7-4, 6-1) 31
Georgia State (6-4, 5-2) 10

Jalin Moore racked up 239 yards rushing. That was all App State needed as they kept their Sun Belt Title dreams alive with a win over Georgia State. Moore’s awesome day included a massive 58-yard run that the Mountaineers capitalized on for a touchdown. On the very next drive, A.J. Howard intercepted a Connor Manning pass and returned the ball 61 yards. Two plays later ASU was in the end zone to extend the lead to three possessions.

“We really challenged our offensive line today to come out here and run the football against a team that didn’t give up many rushing yards. I think we ended up with probably the most rushing yards they’ve given up all year today.” – ASU Head Coach Scott Satterfield


Charlotte’s Season Ends at the Hand of Kiffen and Owls

Florida Atlantic (9-3, 8-0) 31
UNC-Charlotte (1-11, 1-7) 12

Charlotte’s dreadful season is finally over. The Niner’s final loss of the season came to the Florida Atlantic Owls who outgained Charlotte 563-255 despite two turnovers to UNCC’s zero. It was clear, from beginning to end Florida Atlantic was the superior team in this contest. 

“Yeah, no question, no doubt about it,” UNCC Head Coach Lambert said Saturday after the game, when asked if he thought he was still the right coach for the 49ers. “We’ve started fast and everybody wants more wins. I want more wins. We don’t come to work 14-hour days to lose, I promise you that. But there’s no doubt I’m the right guy for this place. We come in with the right attitude to represent this university in the right fashion,” Lambert added. “We need a better record next year. We’ve got to continually grow and move forward and win games.”


Hines Torches Heels

North Carolina (3-9, 1-7) 21
NC State (8-4, 6-2) 33

Despite UNC’s two-game win streak, NC State cooled off the Tar Heels Saturday. Nyheim Hines is simply a baller. The junior from Garner tallied a career-high 196 yards on 22 carries and two touchdowns. Ryan Finley added two rushing touchdowns of his own. For the Heels, Anthony Ratliff-Williams continued his fantastic sophomore season with five receptions for 131 yards and a touchdown. 

“Growing up here, it’s just really important for me to play in this game. I knew I would not miss this game for anything. I’d basically have to break an arm or a leg not to play.” – Nyheim Hines

“He told me on Sunday, ‘They’re going to have to amputate parts of my body for me not to play against Carolina.” – NC State Head Coach Dave Doeren 


NC FBS Power Rankings

1 NC State (8-4, 6-2) +1
2 Duke (6-6, 3-3) +2
3 Wake Forest (7-5, 4-4) -2
4 Appalachian State (7-4, 6-1) -1
5 North Carolina (3-9, 1-7)
6 East Carolina (3-9, 3-6)
7 UNC-Charlotte (1-11, 1-7)

Week 14 Games and Predictions

  • LA-Lafayette (5-6, 4-3) at Appalachian State – Saturday, 2:30 PM
    • Prediction: App State 

 

*RONGY- 50-28 (W13: 4-1) through Week 13 picks*

NC FBS Report Week 12

NC FBS Report Week 12

NC FBS Week 12 Scoreboard

Upsets and Blowouts: NC FBS Week 12

Pirates Break Records and Bearcats

Cincinnati (3-8, 1-6) 20
East Carolina (3-8, 3-5) 48

For the first time all season, ECU’s offense was too much for another team to handle. East Carolina was up 21-0 before the Bearcats could even get on the scoreboard. Gardner Minshew threw for a career-high 444 yards. His main target: Trevon Brown. The junior from Wilmington logged 9 receptions for a score-record 270 yards. On the day, the duo connected for two touchdowns including a 95-yarder, another school record.

 “I cannot say enough about our seniors today, getting this win for them in their last time here on Bagwell Field was big,” ECU coach Scottie Montgomery said. “We didn’t hear much out of the seniors, it was the younger guys who all wanted to get this one for the seniors,” Montgomery added.


Heels Trounce Western

Western Carolina (7-5) 10
North Carolina (3-8, 1-6) 65

Though it was against an FBS opponent, a win is a win and North Carolina will take all they can scavenge at this point. Nathan Elliott led the Tar Heels to their second straight win with four touchdowns on the afternoon. Michael Carter added 103 rushing yards and a touchdown of his own. Anthony Ratliff-Williams didn’t throw for a touchdown in this game, but he caught one and totaled 88 yards on five total receptions. 

Heels Head Coach Larry Fedora: “I’m proud of our guys, especially the seniors. Our seniors have done a tremendous job of keeping the locker room positive and keeping our guys playing hard no matter what the situation was. I said it from the beginning, these guys love each other and play hard for each other and I’m proud to have coached them this year and we have one more to finish it up.”


Charlotte Smoked by Southern Miss

UNC-Charlotte (1-10, 1-6) 21
Southern Mississippi (7-4, 5-2) 66

As expected, Southern Mississippi dominated Charlotte from start to finish. The story of the season for UNCC. Hassan Klugh threw a couple of pick-sixes and that was that.

“We couldn’t handle them up front — we couldn’t block them. They got after us pretty good in our run game.” – Charlotte’s Brad Lambert said of Southern Miss.


Duke Rolls Ramblin Wreck

Georgia Tech (5-5, 4-4) 20
Duke (5-6, 2-3) 43

It was a rough six weeks for the Blue Devils, but Saturday they were finally able to snap their six-game skid by beating Georgia Tech in Durham. The Duke rushing attack was on full display. Between Brittain Brown, Shaun Wilson, and Daniel Jones, the trio combined for 280 rushing yards. Jones added 177 through the air. He and Brown accounted for five Duke touchdowns. 

“You’ve got to take the challenge on yourself to try to outrush a team,” coach David Cutcliffe said. “And about the only way you’re going to outrush a Georgia Tech team is to be on the field more than they are. We accomplished that. I told them, ‘When you’re playing an option team, prepare to play from behind at some point,’” Cutcliffe said. “To play these teams, you have to catch up to the speed of that offense. It’s not a scout team. So it takes you awhile to get your sea legs.”


Deacons Upset Pack at Home

#23 NC State (7-4, 5-2) 24
Wake Forest (7-4, 4-3) 30

No Greg Dortch, no problem. Wake Forest established themselves as the best team in the state Saturday with a win over NC State. Deacon LB Demetrius Kemp forced a fumble on the goal line late in the fourth to lead Wake Forest to victory. Tabari Hines caught 139 of John Wofford’s 247 yards and all three of his touchdown passes. 

On the other side, Ryan Finley did his best to keep the Wolfpack in the game. The senior QB tossed for 327 yards on 34/52 passing and one touchdown. Kelvin Harmon led the State receiving corps with 105 yards on 8 receptions. Jakobi Meyers caught 10 passes for 90 yards.

“That was just a pure hustle play,” Kemp said about the game-winning forced fumble. “I saw the quarterback throw the ball and just burst to the ball. That’s what we preach every day in practice — just burst to the ball and just hustling.”


NC FBS Power Rankings

1. Wake Forest (7-4, 4-3) +1
2. NC State (7-4, 5-2) -1
3. Appalachian State (6-4, 5-1)
4. Duke (5-6, 2-3)
5. North Carolina (3-8, 1-6)
6. East Carolina (3-8, 3-5)
7. UNC-Charlotte (1-10, 1-6)

Week 13 Games and Predictions

  • East Carolina at Memphis (9-1, 6-1) – Saturday, 12:00 PM
    • Prediction: Memphis
  • Duke at Wake Forest – Saturday, 12:30 PM
    • Prediction: Wake Forest
  • Appalachian State at Georgia State (6-3, 5-1) – Saturday, 2:00 PM
    • Prediction: App State
  • Florida Atlantic (8-3, 7-0) at UNC-Charlotte – Saturday, 2:00 PM
    • Prediction: FAU
  • North Carolina at NC State – Saturday, 3:30 PM
    • Prediction: NC State

*RONGY- 46-27 (W12: 2-3) through Week 12 picks*

NC FBS Report Week 11

NC FBS Report Week 10

Week 10 Scoreboard

Week 10 wasn’t kind to FBS teams across NC.

ECU Can’t Handle Houston

East Carolina (2-7, 1-4) 27
Houston (6-3, 4-2) 52

To no surprise, Houston took care of business against ECU with relative ease. ECU’s total offensive yardage, number of first downs, and time of possession were all greater than Houston’s totals, but most of those yards came trying to keep up with the Cougar’s furious assault on the scoreboard. The only statistic that decided this game was turnovers. Houston protected the ball all day long while ECU committed three turnovers. To make matters worse, Houston converted all three into scores.


Warhawks Shock Mountaineers

Appalachian State (5-4, 4-1) 45
UL-Monroe (4-5, 4-3) 52

In an utter nail-biter, Taylor Lamb and ASU tied the game at 45 with less than a minute to play. Louisiana-Monroe didn’t even need all of it. Three plays into the ensuing drive, Monroe QB Caleb Evans found RJ Turner with a deep ball and Turner was in the end zone 50 yards later. With only 23 ticks on the clock remaining, App’s attempt at another game-tying drive fell short. The loss marks ASU’s first conference defeat of the season. The loss also marks the first time the Mountaineers have lost back-to-back games since Taylor Lamb was a freshman. 


Charlotte Falls in a Snoozer

UNC-Charlotte (1-8) 0
Old Dominion (3-6) 6

It was a defensive struggle in Norfork Saturday afternoon. In fact, every possession of the game ended in either a punt, a field goal attempt, or a turnover. The difference in the game was Old Dominion’s ability to move the ball just enough to flip field position. That allowed the Monarchs to get into field goal range three times, making two. Charlotte only made it into Nigel Macauley’s range once. He missed. In total, the 49ers only gained 231 yards on the afternoon.

49ers head coach Brad Lambert: “We just couldn’t get anything going with our running game. I thought (Old Dominion) had a good defensive front coming in – and we just couldn’t get going and couldn’t get anything downfield.”


State Hangs Tough, Not Enough

#4 Clemson (8-1, 6-1) 38
#20 NC State (6-3, 4-1) 31

Saturday Night afternoon in Raleigh was electric. The defending National Champions were in town and the Wolfpack were looking for a little revenge from last season. To make the afternoon more intense, the game was basically a de facto ACC Atlantic Division Title Game. The winner between NC State and Clemson would earn the inside track to the ACC Championship Game. After a back and forth first half, State was able to take a 21-17 lead into halftime.

Late in the 3rd, Clemson began to flex their muscle and wear down the Pack. Kelly Bryant directed the Tigers to a 9-play touchdown drive to take the lead with 3 minutes left in the 3rd. Clemson then forced a Wolfpack punt on the next drive. One play later, Tavien Feaster took a run 89 yards for a touchdown to end the quarter. Ryan Finley led State on another drive to cut the lead to three, but on two of NC State’s final drives was intercepted to end the Wolfpack’s chances.


Irish Too Much For Deacons

Wake Forest (5-4, 2-3) 37
#3 Notre Dame (8-1) 48

Despite Wake Forest’s best efforts, the highly-ranking Notre Dame Fighting Irish simply overpowered the Demon Deacons. By halftime, the Irish were already out to a three-touchdown lead. John Wolford played well (28/45, 331 py, 59 ry, 3 TD), but Notre Dame QB Brandon Wimbush stole the show (15/30, 280 py, 110 ry, 3 TD). In total, Notre Dame outgained Wake Forest 710-587. 

“We could not get a stop on third down to save our life,” Wake Forest coach Dave Clawson said. “The amount of big plays that we gave up on defense today is not acceptable. That was the story of the day.”


NC FBS Power Rankings

1 NC State (6-3) (4-1)
2 Wake Forest (5-4) (2-3)
3 Appalachian State (5-4) (4-1)
4 Duke (4-5) (1-5)
5 East Carolina (2-7) (2-4)
6 North Carolina (1-8) (0-6) +1
7 UNC-Charlotte (1-8) (1-4) -1

Week 11 Games and Predictions

I’m a little late. I know. However, I got my predictions for the two Thursday Night games in on time: 

That’s right. I called it. UNC over Pitt.

  • #23 NC State at Boston College (5-4, 3-3) – Saturday, 12:00 PM
    • State convincingly
  • Duke at Army (7-2) – Saturday, 12:00 PM
    • Army in a close one
  • Middle Tennessee (4-5, 2-3) at UNCC – Saturday, 2:00 PM
    • Middle Tenn in a blowout
  • Wake Forest at Syracuse (4-5, 2-3) – Saturday, 3:00 PM
    • Wake Forest in a comeback
  • Tulane (3-6, 1-4) at East Carolina – Saturday, 7:00 PM
    • ECU finds a way

 

*RONGY: 38-23 (W10: 3-2) through Week 10 Picks*

NC FBS Report Week 9

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