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Diamond Hogs continue climbing in polls

Arkansas is moving up in the rankings.

FAYETTEVILLE -- As expected, winning a series on the road at Texas A&M has resulted in a jump in the rankings for Arkansas.

The Razorbacks have moved up three spots to No. 12 in the HawgsDaily composite poll, which compiles the six major college baseball polls into one ranking. Although they have cracked the top 10 of individual polls throughout the season, this matches their highest appearance in our composite.

That jump was fueled by Arkansas rising in all of the polls. The Razorbacks are No. 13 in four of them - Baseball America (+3 spots), Collegiate Baseball (+2), D1Baseball.com (+4) and USA Today coaches (+3) - while the other two, NCBWA (+4) and Perfect Game (+1), have them at No. 12.

In the RPI, Arkansas experienced a similar jump, moving up four spots to No. 14. That is within the top-16 threshold we have discussed the last two weeks that is virtually necessary to host an NCAA regional.

By winning two of three games against the Aggies, the Razorbacks finished the regular season with a 39-15 overall record and 18-11 record in conference play. That satisfies the other criteria on our "hosting-a-regional checklist" - at least 39 wins and at least 17 SEC wins.

An 0-2 showing in the SEC Tournament could potentially knock Arkansas outside the top 16 in the RPI, but that would likely require a worst-case scenario because they are neutral site games against mostly top-50 RPI teams.

To fall out of the top 16, Georgia (RPI No. 84) would need to upset Mississippi State (RPI No. 30) on Tuesday and beat the Razorbacks on Wednesday. Then Arkansas would have to lose to Auburn (RPI No. 43).

The other teams on Arkansas' side of the bracket are Florida (RPI No. 3) and Ole Miss (RPI No. 32), so one win should pretty much lock in the top-16 RPI, but it's not necessarily a must-have.

Nationally, Oregon State remains the consensus No. 1 team, but there was quite a bit of shakeup in the top five. North Carolina and Florida moved up to No. 2 and No. 3, respectively, while Louisville fell down to No. 5.

Wake Forest experienced the biggest jump, moving up five spots to No. 14. Conversely, Mississippi State fell seven spots to No. 19. The Bulldogs were No. 7 in the composite poll just two weeks ago.

Here is a complete rundown of the HawgsDaily composite poll (SEC teams in bold, change from last week in parenthesis):

1. Oregon State - 150 points (--)

2. North Carolina - 141 (+1)

3. Florida - 135 (+2)

4. Texas Tech - 134 (--)

5. Louisville - 127 (-3)

6. LSU - 119 (+2)

7. TCU - 115 (--)

8. Kentucky - 102 (-2)

9. Long Beach State - 100 (--)

10. Stanford - 99 (+1)

11. Virginia - 97 (-1)

12. Arkansas - 80 (+3)

13. Southern Miss - 75 (+3)

14. Wake Forest - 63 (+5)

15. Clemson - 61 (-2)

16. Arizona - 59 (+1)

17. Cal State-Fullerton - 53 (-3)

18. Michigan - 49 (--)

19. Mississippi State - 40 (-7)

t-20. Missouri State - 31 (--)

t-20. St. John's - 31 (+1)

22. Nebraska - 18 (+3)

t-23. Houston - 15 (+4)

t-23. UCF - 15 (N/A - did not receive votes last week)

25. Auburn - 10 (+4)

Receiving votes: Coastal Carolina (8), Kent State (7), Oklahoma (7), Gonzaga (4), South Florida (4), Texas A&M (1)


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