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College World Series 2016: Bracket Prediction, Start Times for Monday's Schedule

Joe Pantorno@@JoePantornoFeatured ColumnistJune 19, 2016

Oklahoma State's Garrett Benge hits an RBI-single that scored Corey Hassel in the fourth inning of an NCAA men's College World Series baseball game against UC Santa Barbara in Omaha, Neb., Saturday, June 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
Nati Harnik/Associated Press

The eight remaining teams in the championship bracket of the College World Series have all played their opening games. Four of them already have their backs to the walls. 

With only one team making it out of each group, any school with two losses will be eliminated from national championship contention. You can view the updated bracket here

On Monday, bracket No. 1 will be back in action as we take a look at the game schedules and viewing information:

2016 College World Series Schedule: Monday, June 20
Time (ET)TeamTeamTVLive Stream
2 p.m.*MiamiUC Santa BarbaraESPNUWatch ESPN
7 p.m.Oklahoma StateArizonaESPNWatch ESPN
*Denotes elimination game

Predictions

Oklahoma State Will Find A Way Again

Oklahoma State was led by pitcher Thomas Hatch's complete-game shutout of UC Santa Barbara on Saturday to squeak out a 1-0 result. 

While the offense's inability to score might cause some concern heading into a matchup against an Arizona team that put up five against Miami, Oklahoma State hasn't lost at the NCAA tournament thanks to its pitching.

The Cowboys staff and rotation hasn't allowed more than two runs in their first six games this postseason. In fact, Oklahoma State has outscored its opponents 36-6. 

Tyler Buffett provides a solid one-two punch with Hatch on the hill with an 8-3 record this season to go with a 3.15 ERA. That's second-best among all Oklahoma State starting pitchers.

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He most recently went seven strong innings at the Super Regionals against South Carolina, allowing just one run in the process, as Oklahoma State punched its ticket to Omaha. 

That kind of skill on the mound should allow Oklahoma State's offense to relax and stay loose, which is important on such a big stage. 

Miami Will Avoid Elimination

For the first time since May 7, Miami was held to under two runs in its loss to Arizona behind Nathan Bannister's seven-inning performance. 

Against UC Santa Barbara though, Miami will avoid Shane Bieber on the hill, who lost to Oklahoma State on Saturday despite giving up one run in eight innings. 

The Gauchos lack of pitching depth behind Bieber should be a saving grace for the Hurricanes. UC Santa Barbara will likely roll out Joe Record, who has a 3.91 ERA as the school's No. 2 starter and could be knocked around by Miami's strong offense. 

Four different Hurricanes have batting averages over .330 this season, with Zack Collins as the lineup's big bopper. The big left-hander has 15 home runs and 57 RBI to compliment a stellar .356 average, via NCAA Baseball:

NCAA Baseball @NCAACWS

Zack Collins has announced his presence with AUTHORITY! Miami 3, Boston College 1 - Bottom 3 #RoadToOmaha https://t.co/pOQPdXDSiG

If Miami is able to get runners on base ahead of Collins, good things are bound to happen for it. A loss for UC Santa Barabara, like Miami, means that its College World Series run is over, so I wouldn't expect Record to stay out too long if he finds himself in trouble. 

Stats courtesy of NCAA.com

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