The Kansas baseball team will have a watch party for the 2014 NCAA Regional Baseball Selection Show on Monday, May 26, from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. CST. The selection show will be televised on ESPNU, but KU’s watch party will be closed to the media and the public.
If the Jayhawks are selected to the tournament, they will hold practice a 1 p.m., Monday afternoon. In that case media availability will be held from 12 – 12:45 p.m., prior to KU’s practice, at which time media members are welcome to attend and get reactions from the team and conduct interviews. If your outlet plans on attending, please reply as this will help in preparation.
In the event KU does not advance to the NCAA Tournament, no media availability will be held.
Kansas entered the 2014 Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball Championship with a national ranking of No. 21 after finishing third in the league standings. The Jayhawks fell to West Virginia in the opening round, before being eliminated by Baylor the following day. Both losses were by one run.
KU has only made four regional appearances in the history of the program, two in the Ritch Price era, with the latest coming in 2009 after a fifth-place finish in the league with a 15-12 record. Only once has a Big 12 team that finished third in the regular-season standings been left out of the NCAA Tournament in the 18-year history of the conference – Texas (30-22, 14-10), 2012.
The Jayhawks (34-24) swept three-consecutive conference opponents to seal up a third-place finish (15-9), their highest ever in the league, and put themselves in solid footing to make the tournament. There are 30 automatic qualifying teams through respective conference championships and 34 at-large selections.