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Vegas has been waiting for these to post its
CBI co-founders Phil Stanton and Sean Ryan make
their fearless predictions, joined by previous CBI contributor
and current stitch-head guru Eric Sorenson at CSTV.com
Ann Arbor Regional
Phil: Look for Michigan to protect the home turf
and squeak past Arizona.
Sean: Congratulations Michigan, you get to host a
regional. Your reward is a pair of talented Wildcats. That said,
Big Blue moves on (barely).
Eric: Michigan. When I've been to see Arizona this year, they've
either played really well and rather awful. Which team will we
see this week? UMich will have to prove some national media
Phil: Georgia has never lost a regional or super
regional at Foley Field, and this won’t be the first.
Sean: A bruising regional where Louisville could
make some noise - again. Tough draw for Georgia and Georgia Tech
having the Cardinals. The Dawgs bark on Sunday.
Eric: Louisville. For the second year in a row, the suddenly hot
Cards have the magic. This time cold Georgia and underachieving
Tech are the victims.
Baton Rouge Regional
Phil: LSU has won 20 consecutive games and should
stretch it to 23 to advance to the Super Regionals.
Sean: LSU is as hot as Alex Box in August. The
Tigers coast into the Super Regionals.
Eric: LSU. The NCAA isn't going to let LSU wear the gold
jerseys. Like the Dallas Cowboys in their blue jerseys, I'm sure
that means bad karma man. (If only I believed in karma)
Phil: North Carolina has been so strong at home
and should continue this weekend.
Sean: Tar Heels are looking for a third straight
trip to Omaha. Don't see them
getting sidetracked on Tobacco Road.
Eric: North Carolina. I'll walk from L.A. to Chapel Hill,
backward and with a Devo hat on my head, if UNC fails to make it
out of this one.
College Station Regional
Phil: Texas A&M should dominate the competition
in College Station.
Sean: UIC upset Long Beach State last year, and
A&M isn't playing well. Not calling that upset, just making the
point that A&M will struggle a bit but move on.
Eric: Texas A&M. I've struggled for two... maybe three hours
over this one. How can I pick the Ags, who are colder than a
nuclear winter. And especially since I saw Dallas Baptist look
so impressive at USF two weeks ago. Shame on me.
Phil: East Carolina could give Coastal Carolina a
run for the regional title.
Sean: Another tough regional, as Alabama can make
a little noise. I like it to come down to East Carolina and
Coastal with the Chants finally moving onto Supers.
Eric: East Carolina. I don't know why, but I've never been sold
on CCU. This is their chance to do just that. Til then, I'm on
the ECU pain train.
Coral Gables Regional
Phil: Miami is a monster at home and should
Sean: Congratulations Miami, you're the No. 1
seed. Your reward, Missouri and Ole Miss. Canes still move on as
the bats come up big late.
Eric: Miami. C'mon, you gonna listen to all those whacked
pundits who cry about how tough of a regional field the Canes
got? They'll win. And the Earth will still spin at the same spin
it always has.
Phil: UCLA has the talent to win, but Fullerton
should hold serve at home.
Sean: Maybe the toughest call. I like Fullerton a
lot, but will take UCLA to slip into the next round in on a wild
Eric: Cal State Fullerton. UVa? They're 5-10 in road games.
UCLA? They've had a history of being owned by the Titans.
Goodwin Field is Goodlose Field to these teams.
Phil: Texas played well in the Big 12 Tournament
and that should carry over to give the Longhorns the regional
Sean: Rice has a tough test early, and something
tells me Texas likes being the "underdog." Longhorns and Owls
battle, with UT moving on.
Eric: Rice. Prediction: St. John's beats Texas in round one.
Prediction 2: Rice cruises with its deeper flinging staff.
Phil: UCI has enough pitching to advance past a
young Nebraska squad.
Sean: This one could be a lot of fun. Huskers and
Anteaters to play for it all. UCI stays alive.
Eric: UC Irvine. The Anteaters and the Huskers play a similar
style. Only UCI does it better. But don't count out capable ORU
either. They pulled the trick in '06.
Long Beach Regional
Phil: San Diego will challenge, but Long Beach
State slips by.
Sean: Low scores abound. I could go with any of
the top three but will give the edge to the arms of San Diego.
Eric: San Diego. If not for Rich Hill's surfing addiction making
USD take a trip to Hilo and play Hawaii-Hilo, USD's RPI would be
good enough to host a regional. I like the Torero arms here
better anyway. 1-to-4, this is still the best regional field
Phil: NC State has been overshadowed by the Big 3
in the ACC, but a solid Wolfpack squad should get by the
Sean: Pitching wins championships, unless you're
South Carolina, where enough pitching and monster hitting help
you move on against the Wolfpack.
Eric: South Carolina. Never been sold on N.C. State, with their
over-inflated RPI and all. Say what you want about their
high-draft pitchers, it's all about mental toughness. And the
Gamecocks will have it this weekend.
Phil: Pepperdine should survive this balanced
Sean: Another wild regional. Put the teams in a
hat and pull them out. I'll give the nod to the Waves.
Eric: Stanford. If - and this is a shaky if - the
Trees get past UC Davis, who they've lost to twice this year, I
think they'll make it through. Ya' know, can I change my pick to
Phil: Wichita State should slip by Oklahoma State
in a tight regional.
Sean: OSU at home will prove a little too tough
for TCU and Wichita State.
Eric: Wichita State. Western Kentucky upsets OSU in round one
and WSU's arms play up to snuff. Mean Gene storms on. Porn
'stash and all.
Phil: Florida State will protect the home turf
Sean: Gators bite a little, but the Noles at home
are tough as nails. FSU escapes.
Eric: Florida State. Let's face it, FSU fans just want the Noles
not to choke at home in the post-season again.
Phil: Arizona State rolls to the Super Regionals.
Sean: ASU has been one of the best in the nation
all year. No reason to see that stopping, even with Vandy
pushing the Sun Devils.
Eric: Arizona State. As long as the Devils make a deal with the
Angels NOT to fall into the loser's bracket, they'll win out
here. Hail Beelzebub and the 100+ temperatures they'll play in.