Aric Miller. The Armstrong Atlantic State junior guard, a transfer from Bethune-Cookman, is leading the Peach Belt with a 24.2 scoring average. Miller has scored 34 or more points in three games this season.
Augusta State’s 3-point shooters. The Jaguars have struggled from beyond the arc, shooting 25 percent or worse in each of the past six games, including a 2 for 16 performance in last week’s loss at UNC Pembroke.
In the men’s preseason coaches poll, Augusta State received seven first-place votes, three second-place votes and a fifth. And the Jaguars were the only top-tier team to receive a last-place vote. Everyone associated with Augusta State believes Armstrong Atlantic State is guilty. Whether the Pirates did it or not, perception beats reality 100 percent of the time.
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In their lone regular season matchup, No. 4 USC Aiken plays host to No. 3 Clayton State (12-0) at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the USC Aiken Convocation Center. This will be epic.
Augusta State (7-3, 3-1): Sophomore forward Devonte Thomas seeking to shake off his shooting slump (4 for 33 past five games).
Paine (4-7, 2-2): Lions desperately need an impact player at the center position.
USC Aiken (7-4, 3-1): Pacers lead the league with a 40.6 three-point shooting percentage.
Augusta State (8-2, 2-2): Lady Jaguars seeking to end two-game slide.
Paine (5-8, 3-1): Guard Ariel Brown quietly averaging 11.5 points and 8.8 boards a game.
USC Aiken (11-0, 4-0): Forward Mackenzie Reese (10.3 scoring average) giving the Lady Pacers a boost off the bench.