Rebels' resume - by the numbers

The Rebels are confident about bringing postseason baseball to Oxford for the fourth consecutive season, but they aren't ready to rest on their laurels. Ole Miss believes a good week at Hoover is needed. So to see where the Rebels stack up heading to the SEC Tourney, here is a look at the Rebels' resume by the numbers.

0: It is believed that a win over Mississippi State on Wednesday would all but lock up a host site for Ole Miss, but SEC Tournaments haven't been kind to the Rebels regarding playing the Bulldogs. Ole Miss topped MSU in the first-ever SEC Tourney in 1977, yet are a lethargic 0-7 against State since then. Four of those losses came in Hoover with the 4-1 2005 championship game setback being the one that hurt the most. Other defeats came in 1999 and twice in 2003.

1: According to Warren Nolan, Ole Miss possesses the number one strength of schedule in the country, and that can't be a bad thing when picking regional sites. Head coach Mike Bianco talked of turning up the nonconference difficulty, and the move appears to have paid off. Belmont, Arkansas State, Wright State and Murray State were the only Ole Miss opponents that feature an RPI worse than 100 on the 56-game schedule. Also, the decision to head north for the Dairy Queen Classic has been of benefit by giving the Rebels a road win over the No. 54 RPI Minnesota Golden Gophers and a neutral site victory against SEC West champ Arkansas. Ole Miss finished with a schedule rating of 14 last season while only being one game better record wise than this year's version.

3: The Rebels' NCAA contests have usually received primetime national timeslots and viewers have tuned in to watch on those occasions. The third game of the 2005 Super Regional between Ole Miss and Texas was the third most watched television broadcast of a college baseball game in the history of ESPN.

6: Ole Miss has battled seven ranked teams on the weekend and been victorious in six of those series with the only loss coming at Vanderbilt. The Rebels have gotten the best of No. 21 Evansville, No. 23 UCLA, No. 25 Alabama, No. 4 South Carolina, No. 17 Mississippi State and No. 6 Arkansas. This stat is also important because of the Rebels' competition for a regional since Vandy is the only team entertaining host thoughts that Ole Miss didn't take the SEC series from this season.

11: Heading to Hoover, the Red and Blue are at No. 11 in the latest RPI numbers. Since the NCAA is now publishing RPI totals, it will be of increased importance when selecting tournament teams and regional hosts. A superb RPI helped the 2005 Rebels receive a national seed and should boost host chances this time around as well.

14: The Rebels have the most wins in the SEC against the top-25 with a 14-9 record. Arkansas and Georgia are tied for second with 10 victories apiece.

55: Ole Miss' 35-21 record puts them with the 55th best winning percentage in Division I. However, the above mentioned strength of schedule and the SEC's reputation will most likely override the fact that the Rebels have less wins than most of the teams they are competing against for a host site. The one bright spot to all the one-run defeats is that the Rebels will gain points by being in practically every game all season. There aren't any ten-run whitewashings on the schedule.

58,218: The past Oxford Regionals have soared in spectators as the 2006 regional and super regional announced a combined attendance of 58,218. That was the highest mark in the country.

279,896: Money is a big factor when it comes to hosting, and Ole Miss has supplied a large amount of it to the NCAA. Last season, the Rebels cut the NCAA two checks totaling $279,896 after the regional and super regional. Just like most things, college baseball is a business, and Ole Miss has taken care of its governing body. The Rebels are a perfect fit when the NCAA considers its criteria for hosting which includes quality and availability of facility and other necessary accommodations, revenue potential, attendance history and potential, geographic location and the championship's operating cost.

But first, Ole Miss needs to take care of business in Alabama.

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