2012 C-USA Baseball Tournament Bracket: Rice, UCF Should Be Top Seeds

OMAHA, NE - JUNE 28: General view of Rosenblatt Stadium as starting pitcher Gerrit Cole #12 of the UCLA Bruins pitches against the South Carolina Gamecocks during Game 1 of the men's 2010 NCAA College Baseball World Series on June 28, 2010 in Omaha, Nebraska. The Gamecocks defeated the Bruins 7-1. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

The 2012 Conference USA baseball tournament is set to begin on Wednesday, May 23.

Rice will look to win a second consecutive Conference USA Baseball title this week, but they're likely going to get quite the fight from current conference leader UCF.

The tournament isn't scheduled to begin until Wednesday, May 23, but we can begin to paint a pretty clear picture of what the tournament will look like. Here's how the tournament works, directly from C-USA's website:

The 2012 Conference USA Championship will feature the top eight teams in regular-season league play. Those six will be split into two four-team pools (or pods), with the winner of each pod playing in a single championship game. Teams will be assigned pods based on seed, which will be determined by the order of finish in regular-season conference play. Each team will be guaranteed to play three games. Teams in each pod will play the other three teams in its pod. The team with the best composite record in each pod would advance to the championship game. Two-way ties in a pod would be broken by head-to- head play. In case of a three-way tie, the highest seed would advance.

Currently, the seedings would look like this:

  1. UCF
  2. Rice
  3. Tulane
  4. Southern Miss
  5. Memphis
  6. East Carolina
  7. UAB
  8. Houston
Marshall is currently the odd program out, as they remain in ninth place in the conference. Be sure to check back at SB Nation Houston all week for more updates.

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