A late-season skid has proven costly for the Iowa baseball team.
The NCAA announced its 16 regional sites for this week’s NCAA Tournament, but the Hawkeyes were not given the opportunity to host for the first time in school history.
Iowa (39-16) still is considered a lock to the make 64-team NCAA Tournament field for the first time since 1990.
Iowa was in position to host an NCAA regional under second-year coach Rick Heller until losing four of its last six games, including two out of three games in the Big Ten Tournament. The Hawkeyes are ranked from 15th to 22nd in five different polls and have an RPI of 29.
ESPNU will announce the 64-team NCAA tournament bracket at 11 a.m. Monday. Four teams are placed in each regional, which begin on Friday. The super regionals will be held in June.
Big Ten regular-season champion Illinois was rewarded with a host site despite not winning the conference tournament.
The locations for this week’s regional tournament are Baton Rouge, La.; Champaign, Ill.; College Station, Texas; Dallas, Texas; Fort Worth, Texas; Houston, Texas; Fullerton, Calif.; Lake Elsinore, Calif.; Los Angeles, Calif; Miami, Fla.; Tallahassee, Fla.; Gainesville, Fla.; Louisville, Ky.; Nashville, Tenn.; Springfield, Mo.; Stillwater, Okla.