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Golden: Longhorns won’t be overmatched, have great chance to win in California

Posted May 30th, 2017

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In this week’s Golden’s Nuggets, Ced touches on a Bevo-related item. Here is his take:

On Texas’ chances in the NCAA baseball regional:

The Texas Longhorns have a great chance to win out West.

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The NCAA has historically tried to save a few bucks when determining the seeds for the postseason baseball tournament, so color many of us surprised that they threw us a curveball by sending the Longhorns to the Long Beach Regional in California. I believed Texas would end up in the Houston Regional as a No. 2 seed but the selection committee sent Baylor instead.

David Pierce’s Horns are playing the role of interloper but match up favorably in a regional that includes Cali schools Long Beach, UCLA and San Diego State. Texas’ offensive ups and downs have been discussed at length all season, but the Horns won’t be overmatched in any area over the weekend.

Texas has hit .256 as a team in the regular season with 48 homers, while UCLA has hit .260 with 43 homers. Top seed Long Beach hit .273 with 29 homers, while No. 4 San Diego State hit .321 with a whopping 61 homers, though its RPI of 83 is miles behind the rest of the field. Texas is second in the field in ERA (3.20) behind Long Beach State (3.08).

Of note, Texas is 19-8 against the regional field all-time: 7-4 against opening opponent UCLA, 6-4 against Long Beach State and 6-0 against San Diego State.

For the rest of Cedric’s Nuggets, including his thoughts on Tiger Woods, LeBron James passing Michael Jordan in playoff scoring and Oscar De La Hoya, click here.

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