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6/23/2012 12:26:36 PM

Dodger Matt
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I updated my CWS spreadsheet last night with this year's and last year's data. (I guess I was not that interested last year at the time and skipped it.) Anyway, before we get to the championship series, I thought I'd hit everyone with a few interesting factoids.

Arizona and South Carolina are pretty close in terms of CWS history, with an edge to the Wildcats.
School. . . . . .#1 . #2 . Apps. .G. . W. . L. . Pct . . .W/App . .L/App
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Arizona . . . . . 3 . .3 . .16 . .63 . 36. .27 . 0.571 . .2.25. . .1.69
South Carolina. . 2 . .3 . .11 . .53 . 34. .19 . 0.642 . .3.09. . .1.73
That's numer of times finished #1 (champion), #2 (runner-up), appearances at the CWS, games, wins, losses, winning percentage, and wins and losses per appearance.

How to interpret: In terms of historical performance, Arizona gets the nod. This will be their seventh time in the title game/series compared to the Gamecocks' sixth, and they've been to the CWS five more times. SoCar has a better winning percentage and has played nearly as many games total despite those five fewer appearances, but I think that may have a bit to do with the increased number of games played in recent years since they've gone to a best of three championship series (and other changes to the format). SoCar gets about a win more per appearance (they are currently 4-1 this year compared to Arizona's 3-0), while the losses per appearance are even.

Arizona's last appearance in the CWS was 2004; their last appearance in the title game/series was 1986 (beat Florida State). Since that time, SoCar has been in the title game/series three times: Lost to Texas in 2002 (for the second time), and beat UCLA and Florida the last two years.

I've also applied weighted values to many of these stats, to get a feel for each team's relative place in CWS history. A team gets varying amounts of points for appearances, wins, and 1st and 2nd place finishes, then partial subtractions for losses and years since their last appearance in the CWS (penalizes teams that won in the "old days" but haven't been back in 30 years). Both of these teams appear in my top ten:

School. . . . . .#1 . #2 . Apps. .G. . W. . L. . Pct . . .W/App . .L/App
------------------------------------------------------------------------
USC . . . . . . .12 . .2 . .21 . 100 . 74 . 26 . 0.740 . .3.52. . .1.24
Texas . . . . . . 6 . .6 . .34 . 139 . 82 . 57 . 0.590 . .2.41. . .1.68
Arizona St. . . . 5 . .5 . .22 . .97 . 61 . 36 . 0.629 . .2.77. . .1.64
Miami (FL). . . . 4 . .2 . .23 . .85 . 47 . 38 . 0.553 . .2.04. . .1.65
LSU . . . . . . . 6 . .0 . .15 . .55 . 35 . 20 . 0.636 . .2.33. . .1.33
Arizona . . . . . 3 . .3 . .16 . .63 . 36 . 27 . 0.571 . .2.25. . .1.69
CS Fullerton . . .4 . .1 . .16 . .61 . 34 . 27 . 0.557 . .2.13. . .1.69
Stanford . . . . .2 . .3 . .17 . .69 . 40 . 29 . 0.580 . .2.35. . .1.71
Oklahoma St. . . .1 . .5 . .19 . .74 . 38 . 36 . 0.514 . .2.00. . .1.89
South Carolina . .2 . .3 . .11 . .53 . 34 . 19 . 0.642 . .3.09. . .1.73
South Carolina has jumped considerably over the last three years. I believe they were around 15th or 16th. They knocked Florida State, the only team in the top ten without a title, into 11th place.

More to come if anyone's still interested.
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