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NCAA Softball Tournament Bracket Pick `Em-Palooza

RBR’s half-assed attempt at bracketology for May Madness. Yeah, I went there.

The NCAA Softball Tournament committee obviously based the groupings on geography as well as the intention to divide conferences up. No two SEC teams or PAC teams, etc. are facing off in the same Regional. Thus, some of the brackets are tougher than others despite the seedings.

Much like the 2021-22 football season, the 2022 softball season has been an odd one. In both sports, there was a great deal of parity across the nation. Oklahoma had been the dominant softball team all year but then outstanding freshman pitcher Jordy Bahl was injured in the second to last game of the regular season (probably due to overuse; Sound familiar?). The Sooners lost in the second round of the BIG XII Tournament and suddenly look like humans instead of a pack of blood-thirsty half-shark/half-hyena cyborgs with laser beams for eyes.

Many teams - including Alabama - have had a rough end of the season. Suddenly, this tournament is wide open. In several of the Regionals, as many as three different teams have a realistic shot at moving on to the Super-Regionals.

This might be ambitious of me and I’ll probably only get about a dozen of you to do it, but here it goes:

Below are the 16 Regionals. Vote for the teams that you think win each bracket. If you are really feeling it, list your winners #1-16 in list form in Comments section by Friday 11am CT. I’ll do my darnedest between sips of Southern Comfort to keep track.

Winner will be put at the head of the #refund line. Second place gets season tickets to Vanderbilt’s Bowling team.

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Not the easiest for a top seeded team.

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Winner of Regional 1

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  • 93%
    Okie
    (227 votes)
  • 5%
    TAMU
    (14 votes)
  • 0%
    Minnie
    (2 votes)
243 votes total Vote Now

There could be some surprises. The ‘Noles are tough, but Mia Davidson is a game changer for MSU. Don’t take USF for granite.

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Winner of Regional 2

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  • 83%
    FSU
    (198 votes)
  • 13%
    Clanga-Clang
    (33 votes)
  • 2%
    USF
    (7 votes)
238 votes total Vote Now

Imagine being the 3-seed and getting Kentucky. Oof!

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Winner of Regional 3

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  • 42%
    Va Tech
    (101 votes)
  • 57%
    UK
    (134 votes)
235 votes total Vote Now

The Hogs won the SEC. Are they getting a little too cocky? Oregon is an unknown quantity to the home team. Wichita could ... (ahem) ... shock.

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Winner of Regional 4

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  • 90%
    Arky
    (212 votes)
  • 6%
    Dux
    (16 votes)
  • 2%
    Witchiepoos
    (6 votes)
234 votes total Vote Now

The Bruins have won 12 WCWS titles, the most recent in 2019. OM came on strong at the end of the season.

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Winner of Regional 5

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  • 76%
    La La Land
    (177 votes)
  • 23%
    Ole Missy
    (55 votes)
232 votes total Vote Now

This is one of the easier Regionals, but the Tide is slumping. Bad.

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Winner of Regional 6

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  • 87%
    Bama
    (234 votes)
  • 12%
    Stanford
    (32 votes)
266 votes total Vote Now

The Huskers were the surprise winners of the Big Ten Tournament. The Cowgirls took the B12T.

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Winner of Regional 7

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  • 85%
    Okie Lite
    (201 votes)
  • 14%
    Cornies
    (33 votes)
234 votes total Vote Now

If the Sun Devils are off their game, I honestly believe any one of these four teams could take this one.

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Winner of Regional 8

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  • 47%
    Az State
    (107 votes)
  • 44%
    Bayou Bengals
    (99 votes)
  • 4%
    Carmen San Diego State
    (9 votes)
  • 4%
    Fullerton
    (10 votes)
225 votes total Vote Now

Pick ‘em.

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Winner of Regional 9

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  • 57%
    NW
    (127 votes)
  • 42%
    Irish
    (92 votes)
219 votes total Vote Now

Another tough one. CU has been playing well lately but the program is only its third year of existence. If it wasn’t for Montana Fouts, the SEC pitcher everyone would be talking about is Aubie’s Maddie Penta. ULL could sneak up on both of them.

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Winner of Regional 10

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  • 33%
    Dabo U.
    (74 votes)
  • 40%
    Aub
    (89 votes)
  • 26%
    Laffy
    (58 votes)
221 votes total Vote Now

Winner of this one plays the winner of Regional 6.

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Winner of Regional 11

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  • 82%
    Vols
    (184 votes)
  • 7%
    anOSU
    (17 votes)
  • 9%
    anotherOSU
    (21 votes)
222 votes total Vote Now

The Dawgs made a run last year. Liberty is sneaky dangerous.

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Winner of Regional 12

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  • 32%
    Dukies
    (72 votes)
  • 54%
    UGA
    (122 votes)
  • 13%
    Libbies
    (30 votes)
224 votes total Vote Now

The Huskies lost four of their last six. The Longhorns got out of the gate very poorly but finished relatively strong.

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Winner of Regional 13

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  • 46%
    U-Dub
    (100 votes)
  • 53%
    Tejas
    (113 votes)
213 votes total Vote Now

The Gators should be better than this but had some struggles. I haven’t heard anything about GT all year. The Badgers are a threat.

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Winner of Regional 14

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  • 83%
    UF
    (177 votes)
  • 10%
    Yeller Jackets
    (23 votes)
  • 5%
    Wisky
    (12 votes)
212 votes total Vote Now

Mizzou is on a roll. Arizona is the most experienced team post-season wise. Don’t know much about the I.

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Winner of Regional 15

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  • 64%
    Le Mizz
    (137 votes)
  • 0%
    Illin’
    (2 votes)
  • 34%
    Zona
    (73 votes)
212 votes total Vote Now

Some may think UCF is a surprise team to get a seed, but they have been doing it all season long. That said, the Wolverines beat Knighties earlier this season 6-0.

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Winner of Regional 16

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  • 49%
    Center Florida
    (104 votes)
  • 50%
    Mitten-shape
    (106 votes)
210 votes total Vote Now