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THE BESTS OF THE 2005 NCAA BASEBALL BRACKET
June 3, 2005

OUR BEST BETS

4 over 1 on Friday:

Army over Florida State: The Knights have good pitching, lost only twelve games all year, and they're soliders. Not to mention FSU is not playing their best ball.
Stetson over Florida: Not picking on the Sunshine State, but the Gators should watch out. The Hatters are on a roll and would love nothing better than taking down the big boys.
UNLV over Coastal Carolina: The Rebels were dominant in the Mountain West this year, and while I like CCU's team, how will they fare traveling cross-country as a one seed?

2 vs 3 final game:

Winthrop vs Wichita State in Knoxville: If the Vols save Hochevar for day two and fail to win, UT can call it quits. Plus, Tennessee is not a postseason-experienced club.
College of Charleston vs Oral Roberts in Clemson: I'm just not high on the Tigers at this point, but I am high on CofC. And Oral Roberts lost just two league games all season.
Mississippi State vs Florida Atlantic: The Bulldogs are rolling, while Miami is trying to regain its balance. And FAU has plenty of postseason experience, especially in Miami.

To draw a crowd:

Baton Rouge: When the Tigers play postseason baseball, the fans come out. Why else would LSU be willing to schedule their Friday game in the middle of the afternoon?
Lincoln: A Blue Jay/Husker matchup earlier this season drew over 20,000 fans. If those squads hook up once, twice or possibly 3 times, Hawks Field will be bursting at the seams.
Oxford: Reserved tickets sold out the morning they were first available, and with Southern Miss joining the Rebels up the road, Swayze Field should be "packed out."

In-state underdog spoiling a top dog's party:

College of Charleston over Clemson: I fully expect this one to happen this weekend. The Cougars are 47-13 this season and will not be intimidated in Doug Kingsmore Stadium.
Southern Miss over Mississippi: The Eagles have already beaten UM once this season. And the Rebels have much to prove after going two-and-out at home a year ago.
Creighton over Nebraska: The Huskers are playing good ball, but Creighton has already proven they can handle NU, taking this year's regular season series two to one.

OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST

Best nicknames in the field:

Category one: "What is it?" The Furman Paladins? The Stetson Hatters? The Coastal Carolina Chanticleers?
Category two: "Sounds tough!" The Northwestern State Demons. The Illinois-Chicago Flames. The Wichita State Shockers.
Category three: "Just plain cool!" The Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns. The Pepperdine Waves. The Texas-San Antonio Roadrunners. The Austin Peay Governors.

The two seeds:

Best: Arizona, Rice, College of Charleston
Worst: Auburn, Virginia, Arizona State

The three seeds:

Best: Louisiana-Lafayette, Miami (Ohio), Creighton
Worst: Stanford, South Alabama, Oklahoma

The four seeds:

Best: Army, Ohio State, UNLV
Worst: Texas-San Antonio, Furman, North Carolina A&T

Regional ratings:

Strongest: Fullerton, Atlanta, Baton Rouge
Weakest: Tallahassee, Long Beach, Tempe

Top potential Super Regional showdowns:

If the seeds hold: LSU at Tulane, Florida State at Florida, Texas at Mississippi
With an upset or two: North Carolina vs Florida State, Arizona State vs Arizona, South Carolina vs Winthrop

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