Three Reasons OU Has a Good Tourney Draw

The Sooners are the No. 1 seed in this weekend's Norman regional, and No. 2 California, No. 3 North Carolina and No. 4 Oral Roberts will join them, and so now it's time to break down the good parts of the draw for OU.

1. Home field advantage in the first round—OU head coach Sunny Golloway and his Sooners are 22-6 at L. Dale Mitchell Park this season. So, it's a place where they win and win often, a good ingredient for a talented team with hopes of ending its season in Omaha among the cathedral of college baseball. And there's even extra reason to believe the home field advantage will be there. Golloway played a P.R. role earlier in the week when he told fans to pack the park and be loud like back in 2006 against Wichita State, the year OU fell just short of the College World Series after losing on the road to Rice in the Super Regionals. So, the Sooners are excellent at home, and the crowd will be amped. All signs point to success here.

2. Neither of the other top two teams in the regional were above .500 in their respective leagues—Nos. 2 and 3 in the regional, California and North Carolina, respectively, both finished below the .500 mark in conference play. California, of course, plays in the tough Pac-10, and they closed the year at 13-14. And UNC finished 14-16 in the Coastal Division of the Atlantic Coast Conference. In fact, the Tar Heels didn't even qualify for their own conference tournament. So, neither team was close to dominating in their leagues, although they both played in two of the toughest conferences in the nation.

3. All-time program experience—Granted UNC has advanced to four straight CWS appearances, but this team just hasn't flowed the same way this year. Over time, the Sooner program has more experience than the Tar Heels as well as the other two schools. The Sooners have been to Omaha more than any of the other schools, making the trip nine times with two championships. Only Cal is close with two titles, but only five appearances, while UNC and Oral Roberts have no championships, but eight appearances and five trips, respectively. So, OU does have the all-time experience factor in its favor.

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