OMAHA—It’s raining here at Rosenblatt Stadium, and the start of the Louisiana State-Arkansas game will be delayed at least an hour. We’ve been very fortunate with the weather so far, as not one game has been delayed through the first six days, but Day Seven has gotten off to an inauspicious start.
Speaking of inauspicious starts, does anyone really care what teams I pick at this point? It seems everything I touch turns to ruin. But at least I went down with the ship yesterday, instead of deserting my national champion pick like some other picker. Let’s see what John’s got for us today:
John’s Picks: LSU, Texas.
Aaron: My confidence is rattled, but I still feel pretty strongly that LSU is going to wrap up its bracket today. Arkansas will start closer Stephen Richards today and will try to patch together a start, while LSU counters with Anthony Ranaudo on nearly full rest. LSU is the better team to begin with, and Arkansas must play without its leader and best player, senior shortstop Ben Tschepikow, who broke his finger Wednesday. The Razorbacks will slide freshman Zack Cox from third base to shortstop, move Andy Wilkins across the diamond to third, and insert Jacob House at first. That’s some nice creativity from Dave Van Horn, but I suspect this is the end of the line for the Hogs.
I think Texas is the smarter pick on the other side, but when I have I been known to make the smarter pick? Not very often this week. I think ASU’s momentum and grit will carry it to a victory today behind Seth Blair, who must be better today than another talented sophomore righty, Matt Harvey, was for North Carolina yesterday. The key to yesterday’s win for the Sun Devils is that they didn’t have to use Mitchell Lambson out of the bullpen, so I expect to see a healthy dose of Lambson today.
Aaron’s Picks: LSU, Arizona State.
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