Feb. 27, 2006
For Immediate Release
Contact: Bo Carter
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ACC boasts three of the top four teams; SEC has eight ranked clubs
RICE TOPS NCBWA TOP 30 POLL

DALLAS (NCBWA) The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association continues its tradition of NCAA Division I polls for the ninth year with its 2006 preseason predictions and weekly surveys. Weekly polls will continue through June 27, following the NCAA World Series in Omaha, Neb.

The Rice Owls completed a 4-0 week, including three wins in the Rice Invitational, to move to the top spot in the poll. Rice is the third team this season to occupy the No. 1 ranking. Florida, which was the top-ranked team for three weeks, fell to No. 5. North Carolina and Georgia Tech, also both 4-0 this week, moved in behind the Owls at Nos. 2 and 3. Fourth-ranked Clemson gives the ACC three of the top four teams. Still, with Georgia moving into the rankings, the SEC leads all conferences with eight teams.

Overall, this week's poll has representation by 10 different conferences among the 284 baseball-playing schools in the NCAA Division I ranks.

Rk. School Conference Overall Week Pvs.
1. Rice Conference USA 10-2 4-0 2
2. North Carolina Atlantic Coast 7-0 4-0 4
3. Georgia Tech Atlantic Coast 10-0 4-0 5
4. Clemson Atlantic Coast 5-1 2-1 3
5. Florida Southeastern 8-3 2-2 1
6. Florida State Atlantic Coast 10-1 3-0 6
7. Nebraska Big 12 5-2 2-1 7
8. Arkansas Southeastern 9-0 3-0 9
9. Tulane Conference USA 8-3 2-2 8
10. Tennessee Southeastern 7-2 1-1 11
11. Texas Big 12 9-6 4-1 12
12. Oregon State Pacific-10 6-4 3-1 10
13. Cal State Fullerton Big West 8-4 3-0 13
14. LSU Southeastern 10-1 4-0 16
15. Long Beach State Big West 9-4 3-0 15
16. N.C. State Atlantic Coast 12-1 4-0 20
17. Stanford Pacific-10 9-4 4-1 17
18. Mississippi State Southeastern 3-0 3-0 19
19. South Carolina Southeastern 8-1 3-0 21
20. Pepperdine West Coast 8-6 2-2 18
21. Arizona State Pacific-10 10-5 2-1 22
22. Mississippi Southeastern 6-1 4-1 23
23. Winthrop Big South 10-2 3-0 24
24. Wichita State Missouri Valley 9-2 3-0 26
25. Georgia Southeastern 6-0 3-0 -
26. Hawaii Western Athletic 11-3 2-1 -
27. San Diego West Coast 7-6 0-4 14
28. Southern Miss Conference USA 6-2 3-1 -
29. Miami (Fla.) Atlantic Coast 9-6 3-0 29
30. Oklahoma Big 12 9-3 2-1 -
Others receiving votes (listed alphabetically): Arizona (8-4), Baylor (6-2), Cal Poly (10-5), Charleston (7-2), Charlotte (7-2), Jacksonville (9-3), Kansas (10-4), Mercer (9-4), Missouri (5-4), Notre Dame (2-2), Old Dominion (10-2), Texas A&M (10-1), TCU (6-4), Wake Forest (6-3), Washington (8-2), West Virginia (5-1)
Dropped out: Missouri (25), Notre Dame (27), TCU (28), Baylor (30)
By conference: Southeastern 8, Atlantic Coast 6, Big 12 3, Conference USA 3, Pacific-10 3, Big West 2, West Coast 2, Big South 1, Missouri Valley 1, Western Athletic 1

Founded in 1962, the NCBWA is dedicated to the advancement of college baseball. Membership is open to writers, broadcasters and publicists of the sport. Members receive a membership card, directory, newsletter updates and official votes in the Dick Howser Trophy, Regional Players of the Year and Pro-Line Cap/NCBWA All-America voting. The NCBWA also sponsors the Pro-Line Cap Division I Players of the Week, the Stopper of the Year, and publication and writing contests.

2006 NCBWA Polls (No. 1 Team):
Preseason (Texas)
Feb. 6 (Florida)
Feb. 13 (Florida)
Feb. 20 (Florida)
Feb. 27 (Rice)
March 6 (Rice)
March 13 (Georgia Tech)
March 20 (Florida State)
March 27 (Florida State)
April 3 (South Carolina)
April 10 (North Carolina)
April 17 (Rice)
April 24 (Rice)
May 1 (Rice)
May 8 (Rice)
May 15 (Rice)
May 22 (Rice)
May 29 (Rice)
June 6 (Rice)
June 13 (Rice)