Sixteen ESPN analysts sat in a room (probably not the same room, but each of them, more likely than not, were in a room somewhere, and I've digressed) and made their picks as to which teams might make the College World Series this year.
Not a one of them picked Virginia.
While there was no unanimous selection, UCLA and LSU garnered the most votes, at 15 a piece. Florida and defending national champions Vanderbilt were next with 14 each.
Virginia's regional includes hosts UC Santa Barbara, USC, and San Diego State. Of the three, only UC Santa Barbara was picked by anyone to advance, and even so, just by one analyst.
That, of course, makes sense, given that on the other side of the super regional is UCLA, the tournament's overall No. 1 seed.
Among the rest of the ACC, 10 analysts picked Louisville to reach Omaha, seven picked Miami, and one picked each of Florida State, NC State, and Clemson. Notre Dame and Virginia were the only two schools not picked to advance.
Louisville, Miami and Florida State are each hosts for the weekend. NC State is a 2-seed in their regional, while Clemson was one of just two 3-seeds picked by anyone to advance, Oregon being the other.
Here are how everyone's picks broke down (you'll have to scroll laterally to see it all).
|Team||Eduardo Perez||Dave Perno||Kyle Peterson||Jay Powell||Landon Powell||Mike Rooney||Greg Swindell||Jay Walker||Nick Belmonte||Chris Burke||Wes Clements||Rusty Ensor||Randy Flores||Gabe Gross||Ben McDonald||Keith Moreland|
|Cal State Fullerton||X|
|College of Charleston||X|
|UC Santa Barbara||X|