Early Monday morning, the full 64-team bracket for the 2014 NCAA Baseball Tournament was announced on ESPNU.
After being bounced from the Big Ten Tournament by Michigan State, the Illinois Fighting Illini had a chance to earn a tournament bid as an “at-large” team, but missed the cut on Monday. The Illini weren’t even listed as one of the “First Four Out” by ESPN.
This should come as a complete surprise to Illini Nation due to the fact that Illinois finished the season 32-21 and third in the Big Ten.
Illinois’ situation this year is very similar to Michigan State’s last season.
The Spartans were the first team to miss the cut for the 2013 NCAA Tournament with an overall record of 33-17. The only difference between the 2014 Illini and 2013 Spartans is that Illinois finished third in the Big Ten whereas MSU finished seventh.
Only two teams from the Big Ten made it into the field of 64. Indiana made the tournament as the 4th overall team and will host one of the eight regionals. Nebraska was the other Big Ten team to make the tournament and will be the 2nd seed in the Stillwater Regional.
For the complete bracket of the 2014 NCAA Baseball Tournament, click here.