Columbia NCAA Regional Odds, Picks: Bets for South Carolina, Campbell in 2023 College Baseball Tournament
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Columbia Regional Odds
Check out Collin Wilson's full NCAA Baseball Tournament betting preview with bets for all 16 Regionals here.
Game 1: Campbell (44-13) vs. NC State (35-19) · 1 p.m. ET Friday · ACC Network
Game 2: South Carolina (39-19) vs. Central Connecticut State (36-12) · 7 p.m. ET Friday · ESPN+
The raging debate before the field of 64 was announced was the placement of Campbell and South Carolina. The committee served the consumer well by placing both of these teams in the Columbia Regional, promising a lit-up scoreboard at Founders Park.
Throw in an NC State team that was robbed of a national title a couple of seasons ago, and this will be the hottest tile selection on the ESPN+ board.
The Camels are no stranger to competition, sweeping East Carolina and logging wins over Coastal Carolina and North Carolina. Six players in the lineup have hit double-digit home runs, including more than 40 from Lawson Harrill and Jarrod Belbin.
— Campbell Baseball (@GoCamelsBSB) May 17, 2023
NC State is one of the most well-rounded teams in the tournament, without a glaring deficiency in any category.
Closer Justin Lawson strikes out a fair amount of batters faced, while Dominic Fritton moves between the starting rotation and the bullpen. Logan Whitaker should get the nod in Game 1 against Cade Kuehler, as the Camels project -150 with a total of 11.6.
South Carolina has dealt with as many injuries as any other team this season, cooling off in SEC play down the stretch. Starter Eli Jones is sure to be saved for Campbell in the winners' bracket, giving way to Jack Mahoney in the opener against Central Connecticut State lefty Dominic Niman.
Granted against lower competition, Niman owns a much lower ERA and FIP, making this opening projection South Carolina -135. A run-line wager on the Blue Devils is the opening play as the Gamecocks look to protect the best pitching options for Campbell.
With 200-1 futures on South Carolina and 100-1 futures on Campbell, this is a sit-and-watch Regional for this author.
For single-game purposes, Campbell's Hunter Loyd projects -110 against South Carolina's Jones if the two were to meet in the winners' bracket.
There's no value in either South Carolina +140 or Campbell +180 for the Regional, leaving bettors with a choice on South Carolina 25-1 or Campbell 60-1 as a future wager moving into the Super Regionals.
- Game 1: Campbell vs. NC State Over 11 or Better
- Game 2: Central Connecticut State Run Line vs. South Carolina