USC Aiken at Augusta State preview

WHAT: USC Aiken at Augusta State basketball

WHEN: 5:30 p.m. (women), 7:30 (men)

WHERE: Christenberry Fieldhouse

TICKETS: $7 for adults, $5 for non-college students and senior citizens. ASU and GHSU students admitted free

NOTE: If you're planning to attend, get there early. The past eight regular season meetings between the men's teams featured crowds of more than 3,000 people.

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In the women's game, No. 13 USC Aiken is going for the sweep against the Lady Jaguars. In the previous contest, the Lady Pacers dominated inside the paint in the 62-33 win. Augusta State shot 27 percent from the field in the defeat.

USC Aiken can't get caught looking ahead. The Lady Pacers play host to East Division leader Lander on Saturday. If USC Aiken can win its final four games, it will claim the division title. The Lady Pacers should have a huge edge tonight, with reigning PBC Player of the Week Kayla Harris and an all-star roster surrounding her.

For ASU to pull the upset, it will have to be ready to play from the start - a problem this team has had at times throughout the season. The Lady Jaguars will also need someone to step up and score the tough points inside the paint.

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In the men's game, No. 23 USC Aiken can clinch a share of the division title with a win. The Pacers were more physical and seemed to surprise the Jaguars with their potent full-court press last time. If Sterling Council and Joel Gierbolini can provide points off the bench, USC Aiken may be in good shape to defeat ASU in Augusta for the first time in 10 years.

For ASU to pull the upset, the Jaguars have to do a better job handling the ball. Another question: How much have the freshmen matured since that 76-54 loss in January? Harold Doby will have to play better inside the paint, while Tye Beal and O'Neal Armstrong will need to provide a spark off the bench to give ASU a chance to win.

 

 

 

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