Clayton State women. The Laker women (24-0) won the national championship two seasons ago and look ripe to add another title.
Augusta State men. The Jaguars have dropped eight of their past 12 games. While the team suffered a major blow with the dismissal of center Chad July and indefinite suspension of Harold Doby in January, Augusta State coach Dip Metress is redshirting two players who will be key next season. If he brings in the big men he’s expecting to, the Jaguars should be Peach Belt Conference contenders again in 2013-14.
Losing the 'A':
When the “Save the A” committee and Georgia Regents University president Ricardo Azziz held a press conference together in late October, they announced a compromise with the word “Augusta” expected to be added to GRU for branding purposes. But will the name “Augusta” or the ‘A’ actually be saved for athletic uniforms for next season? Will there be any mention of Augusta on the basketball court next season? Few people, if any, believe it will happen.
Augusta State (12-11, 7-9): Every game from here on out is a must-win.
Paine (12-13, 10-7): One final tune-up before the conference tournament.
USC Aiken (17-6, 13-3): It doesn’t make up for the Pacers getting robbed of playing host to last year’s Southeast Regional, but a No. 1 ranking in the first region poll is a surprise.
Augusta State (18-5, 11-5): Lady Jaguars win the East Division if they close with three victories. Easier said than done, especially with their Wednesday matchup at USC Aiken.
Paine (11-14, 9-6): If coach Willie Adams brings in more front-court depth, this team can contend for an SIAC title next season.
USC Aiken (19-4, 12-4): Forward Porsha Martin averaging 11 points the past five games.
– Chris Gay, staff writer