Wofford baseball vs. LSU prediction, odds for NCAA tournament regionals

Todd Shanesy
Spartanburg Herald-Journal

Southern Conference baseball champion Wofford will try to pull off a monumental college baseball upset Friday against LSU in the first round of the Chapel Hill Regional of the NCAA tournament.

Defending national champion LSU, despite being a No. 11 seed in the SEC tournament, made it to the championship game against Tennessee and is one of the hottest teams in the country. The Tigers (40-21) are one of the favorites to make it to the College World Series despite starting as a No. 2 seed in Chapel Hill. North Carolina (42-13) opens at 6 p.m. Friday against longshot Long Island University (33-23).

Wofford (41-18) earned a No. 3 seed in the regional by winning the Southern Conference championship, beating Samford twice on Sunday for the Terriers' second league title. The Terriers won the league in 2007, when they came from a play-in game and swept through the double-elimination event. Wofford went to the Raleigh Regional and lost both of its games to South Carolina and N.C. State, respectively.

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Wofford's game against LSU is at noon Friday on ESPNU (ESPN+, subscribe here) at Boshamer Stadium.

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Here's our prediction for Wofford's meeting with LSU along with betting odds for the tournament.

Wofford baseball vs. LSU prediction in NCAA Chapel Hill Regional

LSU 11, Wofford 5: Wofford has the fourth-highest team batting average in NCAA Division I (.340) and ranks seventh in stolen bases (144) with a remarkable 88.3 percent success rate. The Terriers have momentum and confidence, too, after winning the Southern Conference for the first time in 17 years. Can they string together hits and continue to cause havoc on the bases on a bigger stage? Defending national champion LSU, meanwhile, is getting hot at the right time. The Tigers won six straight games (double-digit runs in three straight) to reach the SEC championship game last weekend. Their bats will be tough for Wofford pitching to handle. LSU, despite starting on the road, is capable of winning this Regional on the way back to Omaha.

Wofford vs. LSU odds in 2024 NCAA tournament

According to BetMGM

Wofford (+195)

LSU (-250)

Best odds to win 2024 College World Series

According to BetMGM

Tennessee: +500

Texas A&M: +550

Arkansas: +900

LSU: +900

Kentucky: +1100

Wake Forest: +1300

Clemson: +1300