Jan. 10, 2007
For Immediate Release
Contact: Bo Carter
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Owls picks as favorite to win it all by Baseball Writers
RICE TOPS 2007 PRESEASON NCBWA POLL

DALLAS (NCBWA) The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association continues its tradition of NCAA Division I polls for the ninth year with its 2007 preseason predictions and weekly surveys. Weekly polls will continue from Feb. 5 to June 26, following the NCAA World Series in Omaha, Neb.

The Rice Owls top the initial poll of the 2007 season, which has representation by 11 different conferences among the 284 baseball-playing schools in the NCAA Division I ranks. The SEC boasts ten teams in the preseason poll to lead all conferences.

Rk. School Conference Record Pvs.
1. Rice Conference USA 57-13 3
2. Clemson Atlantic Coast 53-16 5
3. South Carolina Southeastern 41-25 13
4. North Carolina Atlantic Coast 54-15 2
5. Miami Atlantic Coast 42-24 6
6. Texas Big 12 41-21 16
7. Virginia Atlantic Coast 47-15 14
8. Arkansas Southeastern 39-21 27
9. Cal State Fullerton Big West 50-15 4
10. Georgia Tech Atlantic Coast 50-18 7
11. Vanderbilt Southeastern 38-27 -
12. Nebraska Big 12 42-17 19
13. Mississippi Southeastern 44-22 11
14. Arizona State Pacific-10 37-21 28
15. Florida State Atlantic Coast 44-21 22
16. Tulane Conference USA 43-21 21
17. Oregon State Pacific-10 50-16 1
18. Wichita State Missouri Valley 46-22 -
19. Georgia Southeastern 47-23 8
20. Pepperdine West Coast 42-21 24
21. Oklahoma State Big 12 41-20 23
22. TCU Mountain West 39-23 -
23. UCLA Pacific-10 33-25 -
24. Stanford Pacific-10 33-27 18
25. Tennessee Southeastern 31-24 -
26. Baylor Big 12 37-26 30
27. Kentucky Southeastern 44-17 17
28. Alabama Southeastern 44-21 9
29. Evansville Missouri Valley 43-22 29
30. Oklahoma Big 12 45-22 10
31. Winthrop Big South 46-18 26
32. USC Pacific-10 25-33 -
33. Oral Roberts Mid-Continent 41-16 15
34. LSU Southeastern 35-24 -
35. Mississippi State Southeastern 37-23 -
Others receiving votes (listed alphabetically): Arizona (27-28), Auburn (22-34), California (26-28), College of Charleston (46-17), Charlotte (35-20-1), Elon (45-18), Florida (28-28), Fresno State (45-18), Hawaii (45-17), Houston (39-22), Jacksonville (43-19), Kansas (43-25), Kent State (38-19), Long Beach State (29-27), Louisiana-Lafayette (39-20), Michigan (43-21), Missouri (35-28), North Carolina State (40-23), Notre Dame (45-17-1), Ohio State (37-21), Rhode Island (34-16), San Diego State (23-36), San Francisco (39-23), Southern Miss (39-23), St. John's (40-19), Troy (47-16), UC Irvine (36-24), UC Riverside (29-25), Wake Forest (33-22), Washington State (36-23), West Virginia (36-22).
By conference: Southeastern 10, Atlantic Coast 6, Big 12 5, Pacific-10 5, Conference USA 2, Missouri Valley 2, Big South 1, Big West 1, Mid-Continent 1, Mountain West 1, West Coast 1.
Records are from the 2006 season; Previous rank is from final 2006 poll
Note: The NCBWA ranked 30 teams in its poll last season

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2007 NCBWA Polls (No. 1 Team):
Preseason (Rice)
Feb. 12 (South Carolina)
Feb. 19 (Vanderbilt)
Feb. 26 (Vanderbilt)
March 5 (Vanderbilt)
March 12 (Vanderbilt)
March 19 (Vanderbilt)
March 26 (Florida State)
April 2 (Vanderbilt)
April 9 (Vanderbilt)
April 16 (Vanderbilt)
April 23 (Vanderbilt)
April 30 (Vanderbilt)
May 7 (Vanderbilt)
May 14 (Vanderbilt)
May 21 (Vanderbilt)
May 28 (Vanderbilt)
June 5 (Rice)
June 12 (Rice)
Final (Oregon State)