For the first time in three years, Georgia Regents is back in the NCAA Division II Tournament.
The Jaguars (23-7) were officially announced as the No. 5 seed in the Southeast Regional during Sunday night’s NCAA Selection Show. Georgia Regents will face No. 4 seed Anderson in the first round Saturday in Aiken. The time of the game will officially be announced later this week.
“We’re happy to be back. We’re excited,” Jaguars coach Dip Metress said. “Whenever you play in the postseason, you don’t want to play a Peach Belt team. The positive is the second game of the season, we lost to Anderson. Hopefully, we’ve gotten better since then.”
USC Aiken (29-3), the Peach Belt Conference regular season and tournament champs, locked up the No. 1 seed and will play host to the first three rounds of the NCAA Tournament at its convocation center. The Pacers will face No. 8 seed Limestone, the Conference Carolinas tournament champion.
The winners of the Anderson-Georgia Regents matchup and the USC Aiken-Limestone game will meet in the regional semifinal Sunday night.
On the other side of the bracket, No. 2 seed Lincoln Memorial, the South Atlantic Conference conference and tournament champion, will face No. 7 seed Carson-Newman. In the other contest, No. 3 seed Montevallo will play No. 6 seed Georgia Southwestern.
Georgia Regents lost to Anderson, 91-86, in the second game of the season in Augusta. After losing in double overtime to Montevallo in the Peach Belt Tournament semifinals Saturday night, though, Metress said his team is ready.
“We’re starting to find our groove a little bit offensively,” he said. “We had a spirit with us. We hung together. That type of game prepares you for the NCAA Tournament.”