When arguing a point -- the best this, the greatest that -- no doubt you've used the persuasive power of numbers to bolster your argument. Opinions fall into three categories: lies, damned lies and statistics. Here are the nation's best, presented without editorial comment, from a statistics standpoint:

SCORING DEFENSE RK SCHOOL OPP PPG
1 Rose-Hulman 50.4
2 Wisconsin-Stout 55.6
3 Rhode Island Col. 56.0
4 Adrian 56.2
5 Penn. State-Behrend 56.4
6 Centre 57.2
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REBOUND MARGIN RK SCHOOL REB MAR
1 Calvin 12.6
2 Washington-St. Louis 12.2
3 Maine-Farmington 12.0
4 Farmingdale State 11.7
5 Augustana (Ill.) 10.9
6 Illinois Wesleyan 10.2
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BLOCKS PER GAME RK PLAYER, SCHOOL BPG
1 Jason Norsen, St. John Fisher 3.52
2 Matt Devine, Westfield State 3.40
3 Anthonly DiLoreto, Crown (Minn.) 3.38
4 Matt Gehret, Penn St.-Altoona 3.38
5 Joe Rine, Franciscan 3.08
6 Kevin Hargrove, Muhlenberg 2.92
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