Augusta State (5-0) takes on rival Paine at 8 tonight in the final game at Carter Gym. Allegedly. The Lions are looking to defeat the 18th-ranked Jaguars for the first time in five long years -- or what seems as long as standing in a Black Friday line.
ASU guard George Johnson is serving a one-game suspension for throwing a punch in the previous game against Life. So the Jaguars have nine active players, eight of them healthy. Center Travis Keels still is not 100 percent recovered from an ankle injury.
In the style of Johnny Carson's "Carnac the Magnificent," here are the answers: No and no.
The questions: Did you tour the White House? And did you shake President Obama's hand?
When photographer Michael Holahan and I covered Augusta State's golf team at the White House on Monday, we covered the event, staying on the White House grounds about three hours. Most of the time, we were tucked away in the Press Briefing Room, where you see White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs on center stage. There would be no time for glad-handing.
South Carolina defeated Georgia to open the Southeastern Conference schedules. Here are some quick stats and quotes from both teams:
RB Marcus Lattimore rushed 37 times for 182 yards and two touchdowns.
QB Stephen Garcia went 12 of 17 passing for 165 yards.
WR Alshon Jeffery caught seven passes for 103 yards.
USC had 354 total yards (189 rushing, 165 passing).
RB Washaun Ealey, 19 rushes, 75 yards, 1 costly fumble
QB Aaron Murray, 14 of 21 passing for 192 yards
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- It's warm, mostly clear, and a packed crowd is on hand for the Southeastern Conference opener against Georgia and South Carolina.
The Gamecocks received a bit of good news with cornerback Chris Culliver cleared to play. A.J. Green still will not play for the Bulldogs.
South Carolina is running all over the Bulldogs early on. Gamecocks have had the ball half the first quarter and have shredded Georgia's 3-4 defense which looks more like a wide 3-3. That defense is allowing plenty of running lanes for freshman RB Marcus Lattimore.
When she played shooting guard for USC Aiken, Meredith Legg may have let opponents run around her or make shots over her. But the school's all-time leading scorer never let opposing players beat her in one area: feistiness.
It's that spunk that continues to carry Meredith today in her toughest fight. Cancer, however, will not slow down the resilient 23-year-old.
OOLTEWAH, Tenn. - For two weeks, Augusta State golf coach Josh Gregory said he only wanted his team to have a chance. He said they could find a way to make match play, they'll be dangerous.
Today, the fifth-ranked Jaguars gets that opportunity.
Augusta State finished as one of the top eight teams in the medal play portion of the NCAA Division I Golf Championships on Thursday at The Honors Course. They advanced not only to match play, but the Jaguars face an in-state rival they're familiar with.
After Augusta State's stunning loss, I thought about poets. Usally, the great poets have something intelligent to say about loss, tragedy. (Ironically, it seems several of the great U.S. poets (Emerson, Frost, Plath, etc.) lived in the Northeast, where it's dark and dreary a good chunk of the year -- coincidence?). There's no words, though, that can heal a team that thought this would finally be the year it would bring a national championship. That's life. And sometimes, it's not a big ball of fun.
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - Just checking Facebook a little while ago. I see where some Augusta State fans are nervous about tonight's 8:30 matchup with Bentley. It's OK to be nervous. That just means you're alive.
Happy Wednesday. I hear it's going to be nice and warm in the Garden City today. In Springfield, it was cold and wet Tuesday. Here's hoping for some better weather in advance of No. 4 Augusta State's Elite Eight contest against Bentley.
Let's go ahead and get a few things out of the way: