NCAA Baseball Super Regionals 2012: Predictions for the Round of 16

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NCAA Baseball Super Regionals 2012: Predictions for the Round of 16
Courtesy of The New Orleans Times-Picayune

With the NCAA Tournament continuing this weekend with the Super Regionals, we are closer than ever to Omaha. There are 16 teams ready to dominate in order to show the world they are going to win the College World Series. 

Despite some single-game upsets in the Regionals, things pretty much held to chalk. There are 10 No. 1 seeds remaining, with the lowest seed being Stony Brook in the Baton Rouge Region. 

We will take a look at all eight weekend series and tell you which teams will be playing in TD Ameritrade Park. 

 

Gainesville Super Regional

No. 1 Florida vs. No. 2 NC State

Mike Zunino. Courtesy of Gator Athletics.

The Gators were the overwhelming favorite to win the College World Series when the season started. They have as much talent in all areas of the game as anyone and entered the tournament as the top overall seed. 

The Wolfpack have had a solid season and put together an impressive performance with the bats in advancing to this series. They will put up a fight but don't have the pitching to keep up with Florida. 

Prediction: Florida wins in three games

 

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Columbia Super Regional

No. 1 South Carolina vs. No. 2 Oklahoma

This is the time of year where the Gamecocks shine. They are looking to win their third straight College World Series. This team is better than the one from last year, so they appear destined for another trip to Omaha. 

The Sooners should feel great about making it to this spot. Unfortunately, their run is going to come to an end against a stronger South Carolina team. 

Prediction: South Carolina wins in two games

 

Eugene Super Regional

No. 1 Oregon vs. No. 3 Kent State

If there is a big upset to be had this weekend, I would look to this series. There is something about the way Kent State is playing right now that makes me feel confident about their chances in Oregon. 

The Ducks were not challenged with a weak schedule in the Regionals and entered the postseason on a down note with three-straight losses. 

Prediction: Kent State wins in three games

 

Waco Super Regional

No. 1 Baylor vs. No. 2 Arkansas

Baylor is the most underrated No. 1 seed in the tournament, relying on a lot of strong college performers and great coaching. They are going to do great things in this tournament, and defeating Arkansas is just the beginning. 

Prediction: Baylor wins in two games

 

Los Angeles Super Regional

Courtesy of Larry Goren, Associated Press

No. 1 UCLA vs. No. 2 TCU

No contest here. UCLA is one of the best teams in the country. TCU had a strong season, but is not in the Bruins' class. 

Prediction: UCLA wins in two games

 

Baton Rouge Super Regional

No. 1 LSU vs. No. 4 Stony Brook

Stony Brook looks like a great story on paper, being the lowest seed in a regional to advance to this round. The problem is, they were in the worst region, by far. Give them credit for winning games, but it is not a great Cinderella story. 

LSU Ace Kevin Gausman. Courtesy of Tiger Hype

The Tigers did not play in the strongest region, either, but they put together a 43-win regular season in the toughest conference in America. Kevin Gausman leads a strong pitching staff, and the offense is going to be too much for Stony Brook to handle. 

Prediction: LSU wins in two games

 

Tucson Super Regional

No. 1 Arizona vs. No. 3 St. John's

I like what St. John's is doing right now. They were able to defeat the mighty North Carolina Tar Heels on back-to-back days to get to this match-up with Arizona. 

That said, it would be hard to play better than the Wildcats are right now. They won their three regional game by a combined score of 47-10. I don't think this series will be that lopsided, but Arizona will be heading to Omaha. 

Prediction: Arizona wins in two games

 

Tallahassee Super Regional

No. 1 Florida State vs. No. 1 Stanford

Courtesy of Gary Green, Orlando Sentinel

Of all the series this weekend, this one should be the best. Florida State entered the tournament on a three-game losing streak, yet the Seminoles came out like a house of fire in their regional. 

Stanford boasts a lot of talent, including Mark Appel, Stephen Piscotty and Kenny Diekroger—all high draft picks this week—so the Cardinal will give the Seminoles all they can handle in this series. 

I am giving Stanford a slight edge, just because their best players are better than the Seminoles' top players. Florida State has more depth, but in a short series, anything can happen. 

Prediction: Stanford wins in three games

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