College World Series picks

Lee Celano, The Advocate

The 2014 NCAA Baseball Tournament has been crazy so far to say the least.

AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Eric Christian Smith

Of the 16 regional hosts, just seven advanced to the Super Regional round. Only three of the top eight national seeds made it to the Super Regional round, and just TCU and Virginia have made it to the College World Series.

As you can see, this tournament has been a bit unpredictable thus fa. So that’s why I’m going to go ahead and give you some sure-to-fail picks for Omaha this weekend.

Bracket A is composed of UC Irvine (a three-seed), Texas, Louisville and Vanderbilt. Of this group I really like the Longhorns to advance to the CWS finals. Louisville has enough depth on the mound that they could give Texas a run for its money.

Bracket B is made up of Texas Tech, TCU, Virginia and Ole Miss. The Rebels are making their first trip to Omaha since 1972. Virginia bounced back from a loss to Maryland in the Super Regional opener to punch its ticket to the CWS.

UVA Sports Info

I think the Cavaliers are the best team of this group and ultimately I think they’ll advance. Texas Tech’s pitching has posted four shutouts in seven tournament games thus far, including two 1-0 wins over College of Charleston in Supers, so the Red Raiders could continue their improbable run.

In the finals I think that Virginia will finally end the ACC’s title drought and bring home the conference’s first title since 1955. I think it will take all three games for UVA to beat Texas, bu the Cavs pitching depth will prevail.

The CWS in Omaha is one of the great events in all of sports, and I’ve been fortunate enough to be there for it twice, so buckle up and enjoy the ride college fans this wild tournament has only just begun.


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