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— Texas Baseball (@TexasBaseball) May 28, 2018
The possibility of a playoff game — or games — between the rival Texas Longhorns and Texas A&M Aggies loomed Monday as the NCAA baseball tournament’s 64-team bracket was unveiled.
Texas will host a regional starting Friday that will include A&M, Indiana and Texas Southern University.
On opening night in the double-elimination format, No. 2 seed Indiana will play third-seeded A&M at 4 p.m. and top-seeded Texas will play No. 4 Texas Southern at 8.
If the Longhorns and Aggies both win — or, if they both lose — they would play Saturday.
The tournament games will be held in Austin on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and, if necessary, also Monday, at the UFCU Disch-Falk Field.
Other teams from the state that made the tournament include Texas Tech, Baylor, Houston and Dallas Baptist.
Texas Tech is the only other program in the state that will host on opening weekend.
The TCU Horned Frogs, who have played in the past four College World Series, were left out of the 64-team field after they made it to the Big 12 tournament title game and lost to Baylor.
Sam Houston State and Rice were among other notable programs missing from the national bracket.
Last year, the Bearkats made a surprise run to the NCAA Lubbock Regional title and advanced to play Florida State in the Tallahassee Super Regional.
This year, they won the Southland Conference regular-season title but failed to win the SLC tournament.
Rice, under outgoing coach Wayne Graham, posted a losing record in the regular season and failed to win the Conference USA tournament title for the automatic bid.
Thus, Rice had its streak of 23 consecutive NCAA tournament appearances snapped. It was the third-longest streak in the nation.
In Austin, fans will get to see NCAA tournament baseball live for the first time since the Longhorns hosted a Super Regional in 2014.
It’s the first time Texas has hosted on the first weekend of the tournament since 2011.
Tournament time in Texas
Regional openers are set for Friday
Texas — No. 13 national seed, No. 1 regional seed, hosts in Austin and opens against Texas Southern
Texas Tech — No. 9 national seed, No. 1 regional seed, hosts in Lubbock and opens against New Mexico State
Baylor — No. 2 regional seed at Palo Alto, Calif., plays opening day against Cal State Fullerton
Texas A&M — No. 3 regional seed at Austin, opens with Indiana
Houston — No. 3 regional seed at Chapel Hill, N.C., opens with Purdue
Dallas Baptist — No. 3 regional seed at Fayetteville, Ark., opens with Southern Miss
Texas Southern — No. 4 regional seed at Austin, opens with Texas
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— NCAA Baseball (@NCAACWS) May 28, 2018