The UCLA Bruins went undefeated in this year’s NCAA Tournament, becoming the second consecutive Pac-12 team to go undefeated and win the CWS Championship outright despite being heavily misrepresented. In the CWS, the Bruins went 5-0 against teams from the ACC and SEC and outscored them 19-4. Last year, the Arizona Wildcats had similar results in the CWS, going 4-0 against teams from the ACC and SEC and outscoring them 23-8. This year, the NCAA Committee invited 17 teams from the ACC and SEC and only four teams from the Pac-12 (despite the fact the Pac was ranked the 3rd strongest conference in the nation), and the ratio of last season’s selections were essentially the same. The result of the NCAA’s (East Coast bias) selection practices have led to Championship series that have been lopsided snoozers: Arizona and UCLA went 4-0 against their final opponents (South Carolina and Mississippi State) and outscored them 20-3.
A quick look at over a decade of college baseball suggests the NCAA should go back to the drawing board when it comes to tournament selection, and may want to consider giving the West Coast respect where respect is far overdue. Since 2002, only two teams (South Carolina (2) and LSU) have represented the East Coast as college baseball champions. The rest have hailed from the states of Oregon (Oregon State (2)), California (UCLA, Cal State Fullerton, Fresno State), Arizona and Texas (Texas (2), Rice).