With the imminent start of the 2012 NCAA
Tournament, it’s time for the CBI Regional Picks.
Phil – Georgia Tech is hot after a great week at
the ACC tourney, but not enough to get past the host Gators.
Sean – Wouldn’t be surprised to see Charleston
make a little noise, but Florida takes Tech.
Phil – Vanderbilt had a great run in Hoover, but
the Wolfpack protects the home turf. NC State
Sean – Love what Tim Corbin and staff have done
to turn Vandy around. If necessary will be necessary with
Commodores and Wolfpack. Vandy is the pick.
Phil – Three state teams descend on Carolina
Stadium. Cougars and Tigers will put up a fight, but Gamecocks
prevail. South Carolina
Sean – Palmetto State Pride. Need Travis Haney to
write a “State of Disunion” on baseball after this Regional.
South Carolina slips past Clemson in the end.
Phil – Oklahoma won the Super Regional in
Charlottesville two seasons ago. While the Cavs and Sooners
worry about each other, the Mountaineers slide in for the upset.
Sean – Agree with Phil that Appy State has a
great chance at taking this one. But I’ll go with Virginia,
where Brian O’Connor and staff turned the Cavs’ season around.
Phil – The Bears are happy to see that Oklahoma
is nowhere to be seen. Baylor
Sean – Last year, ORU and DBU battled for the
right to play in a Super Regional. They scrap again, but Baylor
Phil – The Owls will use their arms to control
the Razorbacks and Bearkats. Rice
Sean – Really think this is going to be fun to
watch between Rice and Arkansas. Guessing we see three games
between them, with the Hogs winning the “if.”
Phil – Intriguing matchup if Ducks and Titans
tangle. Edge to the home team. Oregon
Sean – Another fun pair in Oregon and Fullerton.
The Ducks slip into the next round.
Phil – Wildcats will play with a chip on their
shoulder, but Boilermakers keep their season going. Purdue
Sean – Purdue has had a magical run so far. A
slight lean on Kentucky leaving Gary, Indiana (Let me say it
once again) with a title.
Phil – Tough opponents, but too much talent for
the Bruins. UCLA
Sean – UCLA has a little too much talent here,
and moves on to the Supers.
Phil – The Aggies ride two of the best arms in
the nation. Texas A&M
Sean – Always tough on the home team when you see
an SEC team as the 3-seed. But A&M defends its turf.
Phil – Beavers won’t be intimidated, but Tigers
win on home field. LSU
Sean – LSU faces a home-state test in its opener
and has to battle Bruins and Beavers. But the Tigers move on.
Phil – Toughest regional top to bottom. Could
make case for each of the four teams. Seawolves have veterans to
pull upset. Stony Brook
Sean – Possibly the only regional where any of
the four teams really have a shot at winning. Two 1,000-win
coaches and two up-and-coming programs. Expect close games and a
couple upsets. UCF survives.
Phil – Seminoles have lost seven of past 10
games, MSU takes advantage. Mississippi State
Sean – I really hate picking against either FSU
or MSU. Gut tells me to take the Bulldogs. Maybe it’s just
hunger. The slightest of leans to the Seminoles.
Phil – Cardinal too much for field. Stanford
Sean – Stanford was a preseason top-five team.
Expect the Cardinal to play like one this weekend.
Phil – Tough opponents, but Tar Heels comfortable
at home. North Carolina
Sean – Red Storm, Big Red and Carolina Blue. Lots
of colors and Pirates, too. Who will win, the sage one feels?
The hometown team, the Diamond Heels.
Phil – Wildcats take care of business at home.
Sean – Missouri isn’t a typical 4-seed, and may
make things tough, and the Cards will challenge. But Arizona
Sean expects the eight to reach Omaha will be
Florida, South Carolina, Baylor, Oregon, Texas A&M, LSU,
Stanford and North Carolina. He can’t really choose between the
Texas A&M and UCLA in the Los Angeles Super Regional, but will
stick to his preseason pick of the Aggies to win the national
title (he’s taking the winner of A&M/UCLA to win the whole
thing). Sean sees Texas A&M defeating Florida for the national
Phil’s CWS octet includes Florida, South
Carolina, Baylor, Purdue, UCLA, LSU, Stanford and North
Carolina. He believes the Eugene Super Regional will be the
tightest, with the Boilermakers edging the Ducks. Phil sees
Florida outlasting UCLA for the national title.
Let the games begin!