Wednesday, May 28, 2008

2008 NCAA Baseball Regionals: Predictions

The 2008 NCAA Baseball Regionals get under way this week. The team in bold is the predicted winner. Feel free to bash these picks or give your input.

Host: Miami (No. 1 seed)

1. Miami
4. Bethune-Cookman

2. Missouri
3. Ole Miss

Not a very good reward for being the No. ! overall seed having Missouri and Ole Miss coming in to Coral Gables. Look for Miami to take care of business, but Missouri could do what Michigan did last season to Vandy.

Host: Michigan

1. Arizona
4. Eastern Michigan

2. Michigan
3. Kentucky

I'm going with preseason favorites Arizona. Just too much talent. Kentucky has the two best hitters in this regional in Carroll and Cowgill. The winner of this regional goes down in the Supers to Miami or Missouri.

Host: North Carolina (No. 2 seed)

1. North Carolina
4. Mount St. Mary's

2. UNC Wilmington
3. Elon

I want to pick Elon so bad here but UNC just has too much pitching. One of the softest regionals.

Host: Coastal Carolina

1. Coastal Carolina
4. Columbia

2. East Carolina
3. Alabama

Two of my sleeper teams to make a deep run end up in same regional. Gonna go with Coastal here but ECU is a team that could make a run to Omaha. Either team should give UNC all it can handle in the Supers.

Host: Arizona State (No. 3 seed)

1. Arizona State
4. Stony Brook

2. Vanderbilt
3. Oklahoma

After being upset by Michigan last year in Nashville, look for the Dores to play spoiler this year and upend ASU and one of the best looking uni's in college baseball (more on that list later this week). Tons of talent on ASU and Vandy. Vandy could end up with back to back number 1 overall draft picks if Pedro Alvarez is the top pick.

Host: Long Beach State

1. Long Beach State
4. Fresno State

2. San Diego
3. California

Well, the 3 seed Cal has already swept the 1 seed Long Beach State. Another regional where any of the top 3 seeds could easily win it. I'm going with the pitching from San Diego to take this one down.

Host: Florida State (No. 4 seed)

1. Florida State
4. Bucknell

2. Florida
3. Tulane

Buster Posey. Buster Posey. Buster Posey. He's the best catcher, pitcher, infielder, outfielder and student in the Regional. Born and Bred in the Peach State, he will lead FSU to a regional victory.

Host: Oklahoma State

1. Oklahoma State
4. Western Kentucky

2. Wichita State
3. Texas Christian

This years team that has bitched more than any other at not getting a national seed is hands down OSU. It's also probably deserved. Take the Pokes, but they will get a scare from Wichita State.

Host: Cal State Fullerton (No. 5 seed)

1. CS Fullerton
4. Rider

3. Virginia

UCLA is a good team, but they just don't match up with the Titans in Fullerton. CSF already swept 3 midweek games from the Bruins this season. I will be surprised if the Titans lose a game in this regional. The '79, '84, '95 and '04 National Champions will roll.

Host: Stanford

1. Stanford
4. UC Davis

2. Pepperdine
3. Arkansas

Stanford wins this regional going away. They could make some noise and win a couple of games in Omaha if they take out Fullerton in the Supers.

Host: Rice (No. 6 seed)

1. Rice
4. Sam Houston State

2. Texas
3. St. John's

Rice has a great looking uniform and a great Southern History Department, but it won't be enough to overcome Augie's Horns. Plus I wanna see if 20k show up for a Tex/A&M Super Regional.

Host: Texas A&M

1. Texas A&M
4. Illinois-Chicago

2. Dallas Baptist
3. Houston

Houston is a solid team and Dallas Baptist is gonna be the sentimental favorite across the country, but I believe this Aggie team is going to Omaha this year.

Host: Louisiana State (No. 7 seed)

1. LSU
4. Texas Southern

2. Southern Miss
3. New Orleans

I'm taking LSU since they haven't lost in about 8 month's. Wow, that semi sweep in Baton Rouge sure is looking good for Georgia now. They are the hottest team in the country, but I'm expecting them to struggle a bit before advancing. Southern Miss and New Orleans are both very capable of taking this Regional. New Orleans could be a sleeper here.

Host: Nebraska

1. Nebraska
4. Eastern Illinois

2. UC Irvine
3. Oral Roberts

Interesting regional here. Nebraska is almost unbeatable at home. ORU can hit with anyone. Yet I'm gonna take the Eaters. They have great starting pitching and I'm a sucker for good pitching.

Host: Georgia (No. 8 seed)

1. Georgia
4. Lipscomb

2. Georgia Tech
3. Louisville

Tech has to love their chances. Louisville was in Omaha last season. Georgia is struggling. I'm expecting Cerione and Poythress to be back at full speed. If Holder can give us 6 or 7 innings in his return on Saturday then I'm much more optimistic. Basically I'm going with UGA because of Perno. The sumbitch imposes his will on a team as good as any manager. He's a winner and his teams that have had talent have lived up to it. He has 2 SEC Championships and is chasing his 3rd CWS trip since 2002 (the programs 4th this decade). If Georgia struggles from the mound look for the winner of the friday Tech/Louisville game to take the Regional. Winner here sweeps next weeks Super Regional (vs Raleigh Regional) and advances to Omaha.

Host: North Carolina State

1. N.C. State
4. James Madison

2. South Carolina
3. Charlotte

My heart is saying go with the most talented lineup in college baseball. South Carolina is LOADED. They have the talent to have run away with the SEC and be a top 3 National Seed.
But my head is saying don't be stupid. NC State will take this regional because South Carolina won't win it.

1 comment:

JJ said...

Outstanding analysis. I know the Dawgs have injuries, but being optimistic, I choose to believe they've just been on cruise control since they clinched the SEC regular season title. They'll get it going again this weekend.