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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Breaking down the bracket

OMAHA, Neb. - In case you are wondering, this is how the College World Series brackets break down at the midpoint of eight-team tournament.

For LSU to win the national championship, it has to:

- Win its 1 p.m. game Friday against the winner of the Arkansas-Virginia elimination game that is at 6 tonight, but if LSU loses it gets another chance.

- If LSU loses that Friday game, it would then play the same opponent in an elimination game at 1 p.m. Saturday in what will be the Bracket One championship game.

- If LSU wins that game, it advances to the best-of-three national championship series. Those games will be at 6 p.m. Monday and 6 p.m. Tuesday. If the series is tied 1-1 after that, a third game will be played at 6 p.m. Wednesday for the title.

Texas is in the same situation as LSU over in Bracket Two. The Longhorns won their first two games just like the Tigers did. Texas will play at 6 p.m. Friday against the winner of the North Carolina-Arizona State elimination game that will be at 6 p.m. Thursday. Texas is also one win away from reaching the best-of-three championship series.

LSU has never played in the best-of-three championship series, which started in 2003. Coaches felt a best-of-three series was a better way to decide a champion than the one-game Super Bowl, if you will, that used to be held on the second Saturday. LSU won that game five times.

NOTES: No. 3 national seed LSU and No. 1 national seed Texas are bidding to become the first nationally seeded team to win the national championship since Rice in 2003. Cal State Fullerton in 2004, Texas in 2005, Oregon State in 2006 and 2007 and Fresno State last season were all not among the top eight national seeds when NCAA postseason play began. Miami in 1999 is the the last No. 1 seed to win it all.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope Ranaudo is "on" against AR on Friday. If not, I hope Ross has another good relief appearance.

7:10 AM  

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