This is the 10th year of the Super Regional Round and for the sixth year no Big Ten teams advanced out of regional play. Michigan, the Big Ten tournament and regular season champion, did not make it to the regional championship at its own regional. Top-seeded Arizona swept through the regional dispatching of Kentucky in the final. Arizona travels to Miami this weekend with the winner of the three-game series advancing to Omaha.
Michigan played at Oregon State last season in its only Super Regional appearance. Penn State reached the Supers in 2000, losing at Texas. Ohio State has played in and served as host of two Super Regionals: first in 1999, losing to Cal State Fullerton and again in 2003, losing to (Southwest) Missouri State.
The Wolverines were head and shoulders above the rest of the Big Ten in 2008 and went 1-2 in regional play on its home field. I would have liked to have seen a healthy Michigan team do battle against Kentucky and Arizona. The outcome didn't speak to well for the rest of the league.
Let the readers of The Buckeye Nine know what you think about the Super Regional matchups. I'm going to try to head to Houston this weekend to catch at least one game between Rice and Texas A&M.