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Question ****2021 AAC Baseball Discussion Thread****
AAC's athletic directors have approved a full 56-game regular season, including a 32-game league schedule that features eight more AAC regular season games than years prior....This season's schedule will feature eight weekends of league action, with four-game series scheduled for each. A doubleheader will be played on one of the weekend days for every series, with play running Friday through Sunday....no midweek games will be allowed once conference play begins.

https://247sports.com/college/east-carol...157575150/

Collegiate Baseball

http://baseballnews.com/collegiate-baseb...-12-21-20/

16. East Carolina (13-4)
32. Central Florida (15-3)
43. Tulane (15-2)
45. Wichita St. (13-2)
48. Houston (6-9)

Perfect Game

https://www.perfectgame.org/Articles/Vie...&src=hmrep

13. ECU
25. UCF

D1

https://d1baseball.com/top-stories/2021-...-rankings/

25. ECU

Baseball America

https://www.baseballamerica.com/rankings...ll-top-25/

24. UCF

NCBWA

http://www.sportswriters.net/ncbwa/poll/

#19 ECU
#28 UCF

Others Receiving votes: Tulane

Coaches poll

https://www.usatoday.com/sports/ncaa-bas...ches-poll/

#23 ECU

Others Receiving votes: #32 UCF, #37 Tulane
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AAC approves new 2021 baseball schedule; over 1/2 AAC ranked in nat'l preseason poll
Pretty cool idea. Makes sense to go ahead and load up a conference schedule. You know there will be cancellations, so might as well have a bunch of backfill already built in.


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RE: AAC approves new 2021 baseball schedule; over 1/2 AAC ranked in nat'l preseason poll
Not a major poll but College Baseball Nation has 2 AAC teams in its 2021 Post-Fall Top 25 (#19 ECU & #25 UCF) while Tulane also garnered consideration.

https://www.collegebaseball.info/post/po...all-top-25

Should be a solid year for the conference.
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RE: AAC approves new 2021 baseball schedule; over 1/2 AAC ranked in nat'l preseason poll
Didn't want to make a new thread but the AAC preseason poll was released.

http://theamerican.org/news/2020/12/30/e...orite.aspx

American Athletic Conference Preseason Poll
East Carolina (7) 49
UCF 39
Tulane (1) 36
Houston 34
Wichita State 25
Cincinnati 15
Memphis 14
USF 12
First-place votes in parenthesis


Preseason Player of the Year
Hunter Goodman, So., C, Memphis

Preseason Pitcher of the Year
Braden Olthoff, R-Jr., Tulane

Preseason All-Conference Team
P - Colton Gordon, R-So., UCF
P - Evan Shawver, Jr., Cincinnati
P - Jake Kuchmaner, Jr., East Carolina*
P - Braden Olthoff, R-Jr., Tulane*
P - Liam Eddy, Jr., Wichita State
RP - Jack Sinclair, Jr., UCF
C - Hunter Goodman, So., Memphis*
1B - Ryan Hernandez, Jr., Houston
2B - Connor Norby, So., East Carolina
SS - Ben Brooks, Jr., Memphis
3B - Eric Santiago, Sr., Cincinnati
3B - Trevor Minder, R-Jr., Tulane
OF - Thomas Francisco, So., East Carolina
OF - Bryson Worrell, Jr., East Carolina*
OF - Couper Cornblum, Fr., Wichita State
DH - Wyatt Stapp, Sr., Cincinnati*

* denotes unanimous selection
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RE: AAC approves new 2021 baseball schedule; over 1/2 AAC ranked in nat'l preseason poll
Baseball season...

Here comes the ECU crowd out of the woodwork.
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RE: AAC approves new 2021 baseball schedule; over 1/2 AAC ranked in nat'l preseason poll
ECU could make some noise nationally in the tournament.

Baseball has always been a nagging disappointment for USF. We have a good program, with several conference titles and many NCAA tournament appearances. But we've never been as good as we should be, given the location and amazing talent in our areas. It's an underperforming program.

The fact that we haven't won a conference title in 25 years is just plain baffling.

We should be doing better, we should consistently be one of the three or so best programs in the AAC.

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RE: AAC approves new 2021 baseball schedule; over 1/2 AAC ranked in nat'l preseason poll
(12-31-2020 01:46 PM)Bear Catlett Wrote:  Baseball season...

Here comes the ECU crowd out of the woodwork.

Might be the only team not named Houston hoops that has a shot to win a national title in a "major" sport.
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(12-31-2020 01:46 PM)Bear Catlett Wrote:  Baseball season...

Here comes the ECU crowd out of the woodwork.

Yeehaw mfer.

We needed to take a half decade off from football to let some of y'all catch up head to head.
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RE: AAC approves new 2021 baseball schedule; over 1/2 AAC ranked in nat'l preseason poll
I will be curious to see how the AAC fares this season. Seems the league will be (based on the preseason polls) very solid but perhaps not quite as good as it has been in year's past.

Good luck to all the teams.
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RE: AAC approves new 2021 baseball schedule; over 1/2 AAC ranked in nat'l preseason poll
(12-31-2020 03:43 PM)oasispirate Wrote:  
(12-31-2020 01:46 PM)Bear Catlett Wrote:  Baseball season...

Here comes the ECU crowd out of the woodwork.

Might be the only team not named Houston hoops that has a shot to win a national title in a "major" sport.

I consider college baseball a major sport. And if ECU wins it all, would be big for the AAC. Good luck to the Pirates.
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RE: AAC approves new 2021 baseball schedule; over 1/2 AAC ranked in nat'l preseason poll
(12-31-2020 01:46 PM)Bear Catlett Wrote:  Baseball season...

Here comes the ECU crowd out of the woodwork.

Not finished with basketball yet.
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RE: AAC approves new 2021 baseball schedule; over 1/2 AAC ranked in nat'l preseason poll
(12-21-2020 07:37 PM)B easy Wrote:  AAC's athletic directors have approved a full 56-game regular season, including a 32-game league schedule that features eight more AAC regular season games than years prior....This season's schedule will feature eight weekends of league action, with four-game series scheduled for each. A doubleheader will be played on one of the weekend days for every series, with play running Friday through Sunday....no midweek games will be allowed once conference play begins.

https://247sports.com/college/east-carol...157575150/

Collegiate Baseball

http://baseballnews.com/collegiate-baseb...-12-21-20/

16. East Carolina (13-4)
32. Central Florida (15-3)
43. Tulane (15-2)
45. Wichita St. (13-2)
48. Houston (6-9)

Perfect Game

https://www.perfectgame.org/Articles/Vie...&src=hmrep

13. ECU
25. UCF

Updated OP to include Perfect Game preseason rankings.
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Can't wait for the season to go ahead and start.
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(12-23-2020 12:45 PM)Indiana Bones Wrote:  Not a major poll but College Baseball Nation has 2 AAC teams in its 2021 Post-Fall Top 25 (#19 ECU & #25 UCF) while Tulane also garnered consideration.

https://www.collegebaseball.info/post/po...all-top-25

Should be a solid year for the conference.

Now Preseason Top 50
#16 ECU
#25 UCF
#29 Tulane
https://www.collegebaseball.info/post/ra...all-top-50
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(01-07-2021 03:53 PM)CoastalJuan Wrote:  Can't wait for the season to go ahead and start.

I'd be thrilled just to see a schedule.
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(01-12-2021 08:46 AM)TU77CAL82 Wrote:  
(01-07-2021 03:53 PM)CoastalJuan Wrote:  Can't wait for the season to go ahead and start.

I'd be thrilled just to see a schedule.

Yeah we're kind of down to the wire here.
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Doesn't even include the defending conference tournament champions.
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D1 poll out now. Only AAC team in it is ECU at #25.

https://d1baseball.com/top-stories/2021-...-rankings/
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Ya think that there's a little bias towards a couple of leagues in this preseason poll?
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(01-19-2021 10:09 AM)Shockit Wrote:  Ya think that there's a little bias towards a couple of leagues in this preseason poll?

Some of that is well deserved. Unlike football, there is actually a tournament that can be used to level-set each year.

Teams in the D1 Baseball preseason top 25

SEC: 9
ACC: 7
Big 12: 5
Pac 12: 2
AAC: 1
Big 10: 0

Teams in the Field of 64 in 2019:

SEC: 10
ACC: 8
Big 12: 5
Pac 12: 5
Big 10: 5
AAC: 3
Other: 28

While, yes, you can say that the anointed teams will get more teams in over other conferences with similar records...

Percentage of teams that made the Field of 16:

SEC: 6 - 60%
ACC: 4 - 50%
Big 12: 2 - 40%
Pac 12: 2 - 40%
AAC: 1 - 33%
Big 10: 1 - 20%
Other: 0 - 0%

Percentage of those teams that made the Field of 8:

Big 10: 1 - 100%
SEC: 4 - 67%
ACC: 2 - 50%
Big 12: 1 - 50%
AAC: 0 - 0%
Other: 0 - 0%

So, if you look at the last tournament, you could argue that maaaybe the AAC should have 2 teams in, since we went from 3 down to 1 when the field went from 64 to 16. 25 is closer to 16 than 64, so rounding isn't really on our side.

If anything, the Big 10 should probably have a team on this list.
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