Saturday, May 13, 2006

2:10 pm Central: The CSTV broadcast of the Big 10 championship game between Northwestern and Michigan, which got underway a short time ago, can be viewed on the web for free at the following site.

Tennessee has won the SEC tournament, 3-0 over LSU.

In the Big 12, Oklahoma and Kansas will meet this afternoon at 3:00 (Central) in the final of the conference tourney. The game will be shown on Fox Sports cable, at least in the Southwest region.

8:20 pm Central: All of the major conference championships have now been determined, so it's on to the NCAA selection show tomorrow at 2:30 pm (Central) on ESPNews!

In the Big 10 tourney final, defending national champion Michigan dominated Northwestern 6-0, in Evanston. Two keys to the game were the stellar pitching of the Wolverines' Jennie Ritter, who allowed no runs at all over the weekend, and some defensive miscues by the Wildcats.

In the biggest surprise among the top conferences, No. 6 seeded Kansas captured the Big 12 tournament, defeating Oklahoma 4-2 in the final. The win gives the Jayhawks an automatic bid to the NCAA field. Although Northwestern student radio station WNUR's final "Bracketology" report, released earlier this week, had Kansas getting an at-large bid into the NCAA field (see link on right-hand side of the page), I'm sure KU softball supporters are relieved to have a place locked up in advance. Rock Chalk Jayhawks!

As I've already summarized, Tennessee won the SEC tournament earlier today, and UCLA won the Pac 10 regular-season title a couple of days ago (there is no Pac 10 tournament).

This message thread from Ultimate College Softball presents a running compilation of teams earning automatic NCAA bids from all of the nation's Division I conferences, not just the four that are the focus of my website.

Enjoy the NCAA selection show. I hope everyone's teams get the invitations, seedings, and hosting/travel assignments you're all hoping for!