May 24, 2021
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ARKANSAS TOPS NCBWA DIVISION I POLL

DALLAS (NCBWA) The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association continues its tradition of NCAA Division I polls for the 24th year with its 2021 weekly surveys, and Arkansas is No. 1 for the 2021-high 10th week and season-best seventh week in a row this spring.

Southeastern Conference schools Arkansas, Florida, Ole Miss and Vanderbilt also have topped each of the NCBWA Top 30 polls in '21.

Several of these ranked schools will attempt to top off their regular-season titles with conference tourney championships this week, and 19 of the 20 schools in the poll are among the finalists for NCAA Regional hosting bids announced Sunday.

In the meantime, Tennessee replaced last week's No. 4 Texas Tech, while the Red Raiders dropped one place to No. 5. Arizona jumped from No. 8 to 7, and Notre Dame climbed from No. 9 to 8. Ole Miss also made a move from No. 13 to 10.

Virtually every team in the Top 30 will be in the running for one of the 64 NCAA Regional bids, denoted Monday, May 31, in an ESPN national telecast. There are 30 automatic berths for conference winners, and 34 at-large entries.

There have been 14 conferences (a season-high 11 this week) represented in the first 15 standings of 2021, and there were 15 different conferences included in the COVID-19 abbreviated NCBWA polls in 2020.

The 2021 poll voters come from among 33 college baseball writers and related media persons from throughout the nation. The '21 season features 302 NCAA Division I baseball-playing schools and for more information or to join the NCBWA please go to ncbwa.com.

Rk. School Conference Record Pvs.
1. Arkansas SEC 42-10 1
2. Texas Big 12 40-13 2
3. Vanderbilt SEC 39-13 3
4. Tennessee SEC 42-14 5
5. Texas Tech Big 12 35-13 4
6. Mississippi State SEC 40-13 6
7. Arizona Pac-12 38-14 8
8. Notre Dame ACC 29-10 9
9. Oregon Pac-12 35-13 7
10. Ole Miss SEC 38-17 13
11. East Carolina American Athletic 38-13 10
12. Stanford Pac-12 31-13 14
13. Florida SEC 35-19 12
14. TCU Big 12 36-16 11
15. UC Irvine Big West 36-16 22
16. South Carolina SEC 33-20 18
17. Charlotte Conference USA 39-17 19
18. Gonzaga West Coast 32-15 20
19. UCLA Pac-12 32-18 17
20. Old Dominion Conference USA 38-14 24
21. Louisiana Tech Conference USA 36-16 15
22. Southern Miss Conference USA 35-17 21
23. Arizona State Pac-12 32-17 25
24. Florida State ACC 29-21 16
25. N.C. State ACC 28-15 27
26. Nebraska Big Ten 29-11 RV
27. Oklahoma State Big 12 32-16-1 28
28. Fairfield MAAC 35-1 29
29. Miami ACC 32-17 RV
30. Dallas Baptist Missouri Valley 33-15 RV
Others receiving votes (listed alphabetically): Abilene Christian (34-19), Baylor (31-18), California (28-24), California Baptist (37-15), Central Michigan (35-16), Connecticut (30-16), Duke (28-20), Georgia (30-23), Georgia Tech (28-21), Grand Canyon (36-19-1), Jackson State (32-9), Kansas State (31-21), Liberty (37-12), Louisville (27-21), LSU (34-21), Maryland (26-15), Michigan (26-15), Nevada (21-18), Oregon State (33-20), San Diego (30-11), San Diego State (28-15), Southern Illinois (38-18), UC Santa Barbara (35-18), VCU (34-14), Virginia (27-22).
Dropped out: Louisville (23), Michigan (26), Oregon State (30), Baylor (30).
By conference: SEC 7, Pac-12 5, ACC 4, Big 12 4, Conference USA 4, American Athletic 1, Big Ten 1, Big West 1, MAAC 1, Missouri Valley 1, West Coast 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 NCBWA All-America voting. The NCBWA also sponsors Division I Players of the Week, the Stopper of the Year, and publication and writing contests.

2021 NCBWA Polls (No. 1 Team):
Preseason (Florida)
Feb. 23 (Ole Miss)
March 1 (Arkansas)
March 8 (Arkansas)
March 15 (Arkansas)
March 22 (Vanderbilt)
March 29 (Vanderbilt)
April 5 (Vanderbilt)
April 12 (Arkansas)
April 19 (Arkansas)
April 26 (Arkansas)
May 3 (Arkansas)
May 10 (Arkansas)
May 17 (Arkansas)
May 24 (Arkansas)
May 31 (Arkansas)
June 8 (Arkansas)
July 1 (Mississippi State)