ASU and USC Aiken Set For A Monday Night Showdown

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News 12 @ 6 Sunday Jan 20, 2008

It can easily be called the biggest college basketball game in the history of the C.S.R.A., Augusta State hosting USC Aiken tomorrow night at Christenberry Fieldhouse. It's only the second time ever A.S.U. has hosted a top 25 matchup, none the less a rivalry game. The Pacers won the first meeting 70-67 and are currently number 7 in the nation. Led by Chris Commons and Jeremy Fears, USC Aiken has come from no where to be one of the best in the country. Everyone has their attention now a days.

"It's just different because last year we went up there and we beat them." said ASU guard Daniel Dixon. "This year they have a whole nother team and you look at them now, they're seventh in the nation, congratulations to them. I don't know, we'll see on Monday.

"The old Aiken team wasn't quite as good as this year's Aiken team, but we knew going in to it they had a couple of good players so it was just getting out there and playing against them to see what they actually have." said ASU All-American candidate A.J. Bowman.

On paper, the teams are pretty even. The Jags averaging 77 points a game, the pacers 83. On defense, the numbers are near identicle as well. Hard telling how this game will play out.

"We'd like it to be in the 90's and hundreds to be honest with you." said USC Aiken coach Vince Alexander. "We want to go above the 80's so we want it to be up and down. We have a lot of guys who can play and we want to get them all in there and try to run as much as possible."

Augusta state fans are being urged to blackout Christenberry Fieldhouse after the pacers had a white out on their home court earlier this year.