Also, as sometimes happens, the tournament seedings are out of whack with the national polls. Georgia, which was ranked No. 11 and 14 in the polls, is seeded all the way up at No. 4, and Alabama, ranked No. 5 and 6 in the polls, is seeded second. However, in what the NCAA softball website simply describes as "rankings" (perhaps from the RPI or other quantitative system), SEC schools Florida, Alabama, and Georgia comprise the top three in the nation.
One school that was bumped down relative to its poll ranking is Arizona State; the Sun Devils were ranked No. 3 in both major polls, but seeded ninth. Two other Pac-12 teams, Oregon (No. 1 seed) and UCLA (No. 3) held their own in the seedings.
The Missouri (No. 15 seed) region includes three schools that, before the major conference realignment of a few years ago, were all in the Big 12 conference. These three are Kansas, who remains in the Big 12; Nebraska, which moved to the Big 10; and Mizzou, which shifted to the SEC. Bradley is the fourth team in this region.