There wasn't much extra room in this year's 64-team NCAA tournament field after the way several conference tournaments ended.
Teams like Iowa, Xavier, Oklahoma State, Rice, Dallas Baptist and Sam Houston State earned automatic bids in conferences that all had at least one worthy at-large contender. Those finale weekend results shrunk an already thin bubble.
So there were going to be some disappointed teams Monday. There was nothing the selection committee could do about that.
Still. Several really talented squads missed out on the chance to play for a national championship. Below are the five snubs that stood out the most:
Connecticut: The Huskies finished in a tie for third place in the American Athletic Conference, which ranked fourth nationally in league RPI. They were 17-18 against the RPI top 100.
McNeese State: The Cowboys won the Southland Conference regular season title by two games. They had a non-conference strength of schedule ranked 59th nationally.
Gonzaga: The Zags had won eight of their last 10 games before losing twice to BYU in the West Coast Conference tournament. They were 17-15 against the RPI top 100 and had a non-conference strength of schedule ranked 56th nationally.
Old Dominion: The Monarchs finished in second place in the Conference USA standings. They went 18-13 against the RPI top 50.
South Carolina: The Gamecocks played 45 of their 60 games against the RPI top 100 (a record of 22-23 in those contests). They did go 16-19 against SEC competition, but their non-conference strength of schedule ranked 25th nationally.
Below are 10 other notable college baseball brands who won't be playing June baseball:
> Miami (nation-leading streak of 44-consecutive regional appearances snapped)
> Ole Miss (had made a regional 13 of the last 14 years)
> Coastal Carolina (2016 national champ)