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College World Series 2016: Championship Bracket and Predictions

Joe Pantorno@@JoePantornoFeatured ColumnistJune 16, 2016

Coastal Carolina's Anthony Marks (29) reacts after sliding into home plate to score the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning of an NCAA college baseball tournament super regional game against LSU in Baton Rouge, La., Sunday, June 12, 2016. Coastal Carolina won 4-3 to advance to the College World Series. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Gerald Herbert/Associated Press

The NCAA baseball tournament, which began with 64 teams, is now down to its College World Series championship bracket of eight teams divided into two groups of four. 

With the field continuing to play in its double-elimination format, only one team will come out of each group to form a matchup for the national championship. 

Here is what the championship bracket and schedule look like, followed by my predictions:

2016 College World Series Championship Bracket
Bracket 1Bracket 2
Miami (FL)Florida
Oklahoma StateTexas Tech
UC Santa BarbaraTCU
ArizonaCoastal Carolina
2016 College World Series Championship Bracket Schedule
DateTime (ET)TeamTeam
Saturday, June 183 p.m.UC Santa BarbaraOklahoma St.
Saturday, June 188 p.m.ArizonaMiami (Fla.)
Sunday, June 193 p.m.TCUTexas Tech
Sunday, June 198 p.m.Coastal CarolinaFlorida
NCAA.com

Predictions

UC Santa Barbara vs. Oklahoma State

Who wins: Oklahoma State

Both of these teams have been unstoppable in June, as they went a combined 10-0 in the first two rounds of the tournament. 

But Oklahoma State has had the pitching to ensure that the pressure wouldn't be heaped solely on the offense. 

In five tournament games, Oklahoma State's pitching allowed just six runs, no more than two in any game. 

UC Santa Barbara's pitching hasn't been bad, but 16 runs allowed in five games is a lot more compared to Oklahoma State's defense. 

Arizona vs. Miami (Fla.)

Who wins: Miami

Both of these teams are similar in that they've dropped a game this month, but Miami boasts a more powerful offense. 

The Hurricanes, led by catcher Zack Collins, have scored 35 runs in the past four games and overwhelmed Boston College in the Super Regionals in their two wins. 

If the bats are on point come Saturday, Arizona won't be able to stop Miami. 

TCU vs. Texas Tech

Who wins: TCU

Texas Tech didn't have to beat the biggest college baseball programs on its way to the championship bracket. Getting past the likes of Fairfield, Dallas Baptist, New Mexico and East Carolina isn't much of a sight to behold. 

The fact that it lost two games along the way leaves a lot of question marks. 

TCU, on the other hand, had to get by Texas A&M in three games during the Super Regionals. It hasn't scored less than four runs in any of its games in the tournament and hasn't allowed more than three in each of its last six games. 

Coastal Carolina vs. Florida

Who wins: Florida

Coastal Carolina's run to the College World Series has been an improbable one, as the Chanticleers are making their first-ever appearance in the championship bracket. 

They had to get through some pretty big names in the process in North Carolina State and powerhouse LSU. And the momentum from those kinds of wins will be difficult to slow down. 

But other than a trip-up in the first game of the Super Regionals against Florida State, Florida has been exceptional. The Gators outscored the Seminoles 12-0 in the final two games of the Super Regionals while facing elimination, and they don't look like they're slowing down. 

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