It is what makes the NCAA Baseball Tournament unique from the basketball version.
College basketball is a staple of winter television. Of the 64 teams in March Madness only a handful haven’t played before a national television audience.
Baseball is different.
Some games make their way onto television. But games televised outside of the region or conference they play in are rare.
About the only teams that ever play games seen throughout the country are during Super Regionals and the College World Series.
The Sooners haven’t been to Omaha since 1996. The Cavaliers made their first trip last season.
The fact that Virginia has been heavily favored to return to the College World Series doesn’t matter much.
“They are not going to know much about Oklahoma, and we won’t know a whole lot about Virginia other than what we see on tape and on paper,” OU coach Sunny Golloway said. “…But we’ll be ready to play.”
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