As college baseball's postseason picture clears following conference tournament play, South Carolina appears assured of beginning its road to Omaha at home.
Clemson will likely start NCAA play away from friendly ground.
The 16 NCAA host sites will be released today. The 64-team field will be revealed at 12:30 p.m. Monday on ESPN.
Both No. 25 Clemson (38-21) and No. 10 South Carolina (43-15) might have suffered costly setbacks at their respective conference tournaments.
While the Gamecocks can be confident they have clinched homefield for the regionals with an impressive regular season, USC might have lost its grasp on one of eight national seeds by going 0-2 in the SEC tournament.
The eight national seeds allow teams homefield advantage until the College World Series, through the NCAA regional and super regional rounds.
The Gamecocks have not hosted a regional since 2007 or a super regional since 2004. South Carolina is 27-6 at home this season, 15-7 on the road and 1-2 at neutral sites.
Like South Carolina, Clemson also damaged its resume in its conference tournament.
After sweeping Florida State last weekend, Clemson was attempting to continue a surge into hosting consideration at the ACC tournament.
The Tigers traveled to Greensboro, N.C., needing three wins to get to 40 overall for the season -- a number often referenced as a hosting benchmark. The win total would have strengthened a resume that already included strong rankings in RPI (19) and strength of schedule (12).
Instead, the Tigers dropped their first two games -- to N.C. State on Wednesday and Virginia Tech on Friday -- and have likely been dismissed from hosting consideration.
The Tigers defeated Georgia Tech, 9-3, on Saturday.
Rivals.com and conventional wisdom places Clemson as a No. 2 seed at the Myrtle Beach Regional. Coastal Carolina has likely secured a top eight national seed, and Clemson could boost ticket sales in Myrtle Beach. Clemson advanced from a No. 2 seed in Myrtle Beach in 2007.
However, Sebaseball.com presented a scenario last week where Clemson would travel to Connecticut as a No. 1 seed.
The Tigers' poor showing in Greensboro, N.C., is important when considering their splits as a team: the Tigers are 27-8 at Doug Kingsmore Stadium this season, 8-10 on the road and 2-3 at neutral sites.