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O'Connor is hoping to do home folks proud as his Virginia team faces Vanderbilt in CWS finals

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    Virginia coach Brian O'Connor speaks to reporters at a news conference, Sunday, June 22, 2014, in Omaha, Neb. The NCAA baseball College World Series finals between Virginia and Vanderbilt begin on Monday. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik) (The Associated Press)

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    Vanderbilt coach Tim Corbin speaks at a news conference, Sunday, June 22, 2014, in Omaha, Neb. The NCAA baseball College World Series finals between Virginia and Vanderbilt begin on Monday. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik) (The Associated Press)

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    Virginia coach Brian O'Connor, left, and Vanderbilt coach Tim Corbin pose with the College World Series trophy prior to a news conference on Sunday, June 22, 2014, ahead of the NCAA baseball College World Series finals between the teams which begin on Monday at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik) (The Associated Press)

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    Virginia's Nathan Kirby, center, speaks at a news conference on Sunday, June 22, 2014, with Mike Papi, left, and coach Brian O'Connor, right, listening before the NCAA baseball College World Series finals between Virginia and Vanderbilt which begin on Monday at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik) (The Associated Press)

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    Vanderbilt coach Tim Corbin, left, speaks at a news conference on Sunday, June 22, 2014, with Virginia players Vince Conde, center, and Dansby Swanson, right, listening before the NCAA baseball College World Series finals between Virginia and Vanderbilt which begin on Monday at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik) (The Associated Press)

Virginia coach Brian O'Connor is the hometown favorite when his Cavaliers meet Vanderbilt in the College World Series finals starting Monday night.

O'Connor was born in Omaha, grew up in neighboring Council Bluffs, Iowa, and pitched in the CWS in 1991 for Omaha's Creighton University.

O'Connor said he would prefer to downplay his background, but knows that is unlikely. He said he wants to keep the focus on the players and their experience.

Virginia (52-14) and Vanderbilt (49-20) both are in the finals for the first time. The Cavaliers went 3-0 in bracket play. The Commodores went 3-1 in their bracket. They've never played each other in baseball.