College World Series: Road through Omaha not easy for UVA

college world seriesThe regional wasn’t easy for UVA, on paper, with an SEC team as the #2 seed and the #14 team in the final regular-season national polls as the #3.

Then the ‘Hoos drew in the Super Regionals a team that swept through the South Carolina regional and also happened to own a win over the Cavs in the teams’ only matchup in 2014.

Turns out the first two rounds were cakewalks compared to what Virginia (49-14) will face in Omaha.

The average RPI of the four teams in the Cavs’ half of the College World Series is 5.25. Virginia does its part to add to the strength of the bracket with the #1 RPI. Opening-night opponent Ole Miss is at #4; TCU is #5; and Texas Tech is #11.

Not that competing at the College World Series level should be easy, but that’s a tough road to the championship round, tougher certainly than the other side of the bracket (Texas at #3, Vanderbilt at #6, Louisville at #15 and UC-Irvine at #24).

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Team of Destiny: Inside Virginia Basketball’s Run to the 2019 National Championship, by Jerry Ratcliffe and Chris Graham, is available for $25.

The book, with additional reporting by Zach Pereles, Scott Ratcliffe and Scott German, will take you from the aftermath of the stunning first-round loss to UMBC in 2018, and how coach Tony Bennett and his team used that loss as the source of strength, through to the ACC regular-season championship, the run to the Final Four, and the thrilling overtime win over Texas Tech to win the 2019 national title, the first in school history.
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