Conference-record 5 teams in NCAA Tournament field

The 2015 season began with Baseball America and D1Baseball each predicting four Big Ten teams to reach the NCAA Tournament. An expected banner season, the Big Ten exceeded all expectations.

Led by Illinois, the No. 6 tournament national seed makingĀ a fourth consecutive year with a Big Ten program hosting a regional, five Big Ten teams will play in an NCAA regional, Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan and joining the conference champion Illini. Five teams nearly doubles the Big Ten’s best prior output when the conference sent three teams into the field of 64 in 1999, 2000 and 2007.

Now the road to Omaha begins, the five teams looking to reach the College World Series, to play for a national championship. The last Big Ten team to play in the College World Series was Indiana in 2013, the Hoosiers ending a 30-season dry spell for the conference, Michigan in 1984 the last team prior. The last national championship for a Big Ten program came in 1966, Ohio State

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BTN addresses Big Ten Tournament broadcast schedule

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Many expect the 2015 Big Ten baseball tournament to be the best year. With the eight-team field expected to be composed of exclusively RPI top 80 teams, every club will be vying for NCAA Tournament at-large berth, while a national seed and regional hosting opportunity also on the line.

With the conference tournament expanding from a six-team tournament, last year saw the first two opening-day games, then the ensuing next-day two loser-bracket contests viewed only by those in attendance, BTN, a joint-venture between the Big Ten Conference (49%) and Fox Entertainment Group (51%), did not air the four games, its broadcast schedule set in six-team format.

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