MSU has already been preseason ranked 23rd by Collegiate Baseball and 17th by Baseball America.
In the 11th annual preseason SEC baseball coaches poll, LSU and South Carolina were picked to win their respective divisional crowns and LSU the favorite to unseat Georgia as the Southeastern Conference champion in 2002. The Tigers out-pointed Mississippi, Mississippi State, Alabama, Auburn and Arkansas for top honors in the SEC West while South Carolina finished ahead of Florida, Tennessee, Georgia, Vanderbilt and Kentucky.
Mississippi State, with 23 lettermen and most of its starters back from last year's 39-24 SEC Tournament championship edition, launches preseason practice February 4 at Dudy Noble Field, Polk-DeMent Stadium. The Bulldogs, coached by Ron Polk, open the 2002 campaign February 22-24 when they host UAB and Ohio State in the second annual NBC Classic at Dudy Noble Field.