Any predictions for final 8? A lot of traditional powers left.
In the Midwest, #14 Henderson St. upset Longwood in the first round in a pretty strange game - and rode that momentum all the way to the elite 8. While they're on a great run, I think they will struggle against #4 Humboldt, as they are a very deep superclass team.
In the East, #1 St. Edwards came out of the top-notch Heartland. They're very strong on defense, but rely mostly on just one scorer. I see an upset here, though this game could go either way. #7 Bowie St. is 31-1, the low seeding only due to a poor schedule. They've been down for a while, but baseballer has always been a great recruiter, and this is one of his strongest teams.
In the South, I think these might be 2 of the best teams in the whole tourney. #1 St. Mary's will take out #3 Wisconsin - Parkside in a battle of 2 of the strongest teams in recent years. I think this game will be within 10 points due to Parkside's great athleticism, but St. Mary's has better depth.
In the West, Bryant's been really hard to beat this season at 30-2, but that Limestone defense is nasty, and there's some major talent and great coaching there. Bryant has solid ATH and DEF, but doesn't have elite talent, just a lot of good depth. I'll take my CVAC rival Limestone to upset Bryant and take the west.
In the final four, I'll take Humboldt over Bowie, and I'll take St. Mary's over Limestone. I have St. Mary's over Humboldt in the final.