Posted February 11, 2012 12:12 am

USC Aiken Gameday Preview

No. 15 USC Aiken women vs. UNC Pembroke

TIP OFF: 5:30 p.m., USC Aiken Convocation Center
TICKETS: General admission tickets start at $6.
ONLINE: Live stats through the Peach Belt Conference. Live video at UStream.tv.
IN-GAME UPDATES: Follow @AugChronSports on Twitter
LAST GAME: Lady Pacers won at Lander 65-62; Lady Braves beat Augusta State 58-57.
STANDINGS: USC Aiken (18-3, 11-2) 2nd Peach Belt Conference East; UNC Pembroke (11-10, 8-5) 3rd Peach Belt Conference East

 

Coming off their biggest conference win of the season, the Lady Pacers will return home with revenge on their mind. A Wednesday road trip to first-place Lander saw USC Aiken pull off a three-point upset to climb to within a game of the East Division's top spot. The last time the Lady Pacers were this close to the top, they suffered an upset loss at UNC Pembroke.

 

But this time around the Lady Pacers will be on their home court where they have yet to lose this season. Aside from the big upset win three weeks ago, UNC Pembroke has been thoroughly mediocre. The Lady Braves just barely survived in a home game against lowly Augusta State Wednesday night.

 

So expect the Lady Pacers to use their newfound momentum to avenge the early-season loss. Only two weeks remain in the regular season, meaning every game is key in the race for the division's top seed.

 

 

No. 20 USC Aiken men vs. UNC Pembroke

TIP OFF: 7:30 p.m., USC Aiken Convocation Center
TICKETS: General admission tickets start at $6.
ONLINE: Live stats through the Peach Belt Conference. Live video at UStream.tv.
IN-GAME UPDATES: Follow @AugChronSports on Twitter
LAST GAME: Pacers lost at Lander 70-62; Braves beat Augusta State 59-51.
STANDINGS: USC Aiken (16-5, 10-3) 1st Peach Belt Conference East; UNC Pembroke (14-9, 8-5) 3rd Peach Belt Conference East

 

Just like the Lady Pacers, the USC Aiken men suffered an upset loss at UNC Pembroke earlier this year. The men have to consider themselves a bit lucky recently. They lost another game they shouldn't have Wednesday night (at Lander), but Augusta State - a game and a half behind the first-place Pacers in the East Division - also lost on the road. USC Aiken can't have any more slip ups if it wants to hold onto its top seed heading into the conference tournament.

 

The Braves lead the conference in shooting with a team average of 47.6 percent from the field. Keep an eye on guard Marcus Heath (No. 30), who scorched the Pacers for 23 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists earlier this season.

 

The Pacers could easily overlook this game. A rival rematch next Wednesday at Augusta State looms large on the schedule. But USC Aiken overlooked the Braves once. I don't expect it to happen again.