Sunday, March 8, 2009.
AUGUSTA, Ga. – Augusta State will play host to its third straight Southeast Regional on March 14, 15 and 17, according to an announcement late Sunday night from the NCAA national headquarters in Indianapolis, Ind.
The Jaguars (26-4) learned of their postseason fate during a selection show gathering in Christenberry Fieldhouse on ASU’s Forest Hills campus.
The Peach Belt Conference regular-season champion and PBC Tournament champion, ASU will be the regional’s No. 1 seed and take on eighth-seeded Tusculum on Saturday in Christenberry Fieldhouse. The tournament will make the Jags’ third straight NCAA Tournament appearance and fifth trip to the Big Dance in the past nine seasons.
Game times and ticket information for the four NCAA Tournament first-round games will be finalized during an NCAA conference call on Monday, March 9.
ASU will take on Tusculum in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The Pioneers (20-10) fell 63-61 to Catawba in the championship game of the South Atlantic Conference Tournament. ASU last faced Tusculum during the 2005-06 season, splitting a home-and-home series with the Pioneers.
The 17th-ranked USC Aiken men will be the second seed in the Southeast Regional at Christenberry Fieldhouse. The Pacers will be taking the hardwood in the first round against the SAC’s Lenoir-Rhyne.
USC Aiken has taken the court against three times before with L-R owning a slight 2-1 series advantage. The two programs have not met since 2004.
The Pacers and Bears will be fighting to move on to face the winner of the Armstrong Atlantic State-Catawba game. The Pirates are the third seed, while Catawba is the sixth seed.
The Pirates, Jaguars and Pacers are three of four total PBC schools in the event. Fourth-seeded Georgia College & State will square off against fifth-seeded Barton for the right to move to face the Augusta State-Tusculum winner.
If all four PBC schools advance it will be an identical semifinal to the PBC Tournament semifinal.
The USC Aiken women will be participating in the NCAA Southeast Regional hosted by Lenoir-Rhyne College in Hickory, N.C., while the USC Aiken men will be taking part in the NCAA Southeast Regional hosted by Augusta State in Augusta, Ga.
The USC Aiken women are the fifth seed in the regional. They will take on a very familiar foe in four seed and Peach Belt Conference foe Francis Marion.
The Pacers and Patriots split their season series with both earning a win in their home gymnasium.
The two teams have met 60 times before with Francis Marion owning a 41-19 series advantage.
The winner of the USC Aiken-Francis Marion contest will move on to face the winner of the No. 1 Lenoir-Rhyne and No. 8 Anderson contest.
The Pacer and Patriot women are one of four PBC teams in the Southeast Regional. The Clayton State women, who lost to USC Aiken in the semifinal round of the PBC Tournament, are the three seed and are taking on the South Atlantic Conference’s Carson-Nemwan, who is the sixth seed. PBC Tournament champion Lander is the seventh seed and will be squaring off against second seed and another SAC program in Tusculum.
The trip to the NCAA Division II Tournament is the third all-time for the Pacer women’s basketball program. USC Aiken’s last venture into the field came in 2005. They made their first trip during the 2001-02 season.