Defending National Champs Ranked in National Polls and Pick to Repeat in SCAC

Defending National Champs Ranked in National Polls and Pick to Repeat in SCAC

November 15, 2007

_DSC0117.jpgNovember 15, 2007, Greencastle, Ind. - The defending national champion Tigers are among the top teams in the 2007-08 preseason national polls as DePauw is second in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Poll and fifth in the rankings.

In the coaches' poll, DePauw and its national championship game opponent Washington-St, Louis each garnered three first-place votes with the Bears totaling 228 points and DePauw 199. Howard Payne was third followed by New York U. and Bowdoin.

DePauw's 2007 national semifinal opponent Mary Washington was the top pick in the poll and, along with the Tigers, had seven first-place votes. Howard Payne was second followed by Messiah (DePauw's Dec, 20 opponent in Cancun) and Hope. Washington-St. Louis is ranked sixth.

The Tigers also are the pick to repeat in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference as they collected 10 of 11 first-place votes from the conference's sports information directors.

DePauw totaled 120 points followed by Oglethorpe with 105 points and Trinity with 102 including a first-place vote. Rhodes was selected fourth followed by Austin, Hendrix, Southwestern, Colorado College, Centre, Sewanee and Millsaps.

The Tigers return eight letterwinners and three starters from last year's 31-3 team which defeated Washington, 55-52, for the school's first national team championship.

DePauw opens the 2007-08 season on Friday, November 16, when they host Olivet at 7 p.m. in the second game of the Amy Hasbrook Memorial Tipoff Tournament. Washington faces Illinois Wesleyan in the evening's first game. The Titans are ranked 15th by and 16th in the coaches' poll. LISTEN LIVE | LIVE STATS