Upsets at a minimum, Tigers hanging in projected field

ACC Baseball Tournament - Jon McGibbon & Daniel Gossett

ACC Baseball Tournament - Jon McGibbon & Daniel Gossett

Saturday's action largely left Clemson's NCAA Tourney status unchanged going into the final round of games before Monday's noon announcement.

Factoring in automatic bids, Baseball America has Clemson as team No. 64 of 64 in the field currently, with little potential for upheaval on this championship Sunday for a number of major and minor conferences.

"There was no bad news for bubble teams in any of those results (Saturday)," Baseball America's Aaron Fitt wrote. "Four potential at-large teams (Dallas Baptist, Bryant, Pepperdine and College of Charleston) won automatic bids, keeping the at-large pool stable."

"Clemson and North Carolina each won two games in the ACC tournament, which might be enough to help both teams sneak into regionals, since they also won 15 ACC games in the regular season. Clemson, at No. 49 in the RPI and 7-12 against the top 50, is right on the edge.

"But we’re betting that wins against Duke and Miami this week help the Tigers get in—but if they wind up getting snubbed in favor of a team like Illinois (55 RPI), we won’t be surprised, and we won’t object either."

Perfect Game's Kendall Rogers had Clemson as the last team in the field earlier this week, but moved them up after wins over Duke and Miami this week. Sunday afternoon, Rogers said the Tigers are likely either the last team in or the last team out.

The point of contention is the Tigers' RPI, which has stuck around 50 for the last couple weeks. Last season, UC-Santa Barbara, a bubble team this season as well, slipped in at No. 57, while top-40 teams Notre Dame and Seton Hall were left out in the cold.

Games that could help Clemson's cause

No. 2 Louisiana versus UT-Arlington: The Rajun Cajuns dominated the Sun Belt to a 52-7 record and can keep Arlington from stealing a bid in the title game this afternoon (2 p.m.). Louisiana won to take the Sun Belt title.

No. 17 Rice versus UT-San Antonio: In the same line, the Owls can keep the Roadrunners from occupying another spot from the C-USA. Rice won to take the C-USA title.

UNLV versus San Diego State: Clemson swept the Rebels earlier this month and they play for a Mountain West title (4 p.m.) against the Aztecs. SDSU edged out the Rebels with a 4-3 win for the MWC championship.

Stanford at Utah: The Cardinal (47 RPI) have a doubleheader with the Utes (don't get your hopes up though because Utah has won four PAC-12 games all season). Stanford swept the doubleheader to secure their spot in the field in all likelihood.

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