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:

GROUND BALLS RK SCHOOL GBPG
1 Jacksonville  24.91
2 Canisius  22.80
3 Columbia  20.90
4 Coastal Carolina  20.20
5 Stony Brook  19.92
6 Notre Dame  19.75
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SCORING OFFENSE RK SCHOOL GPG
1 Massachusetts 16.09
2 Maryland 16.00
3 Stony Brook 15.75
4 Jacksonville 15.36
5 San Diego St.  15.00
6 Denver 14.67
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SCORING DEFENSE RK SCHOOL GAPG
1 Stony Brook 4.75
2 Rutgers 6.20
3 Florida 6.50
4 Saint Joseph's 6.80
5 Notre Dame 7.13
6 Navy 7.17
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