Reviewing and previewing local college basketball:
WHO'S HOT Columbus State men. The No. 23 Cougars (10-1) have won nine straight, including consecutive victories over No. 10 Shaw and No. 11 Carson-Newman, Dec. 30 and Dec. 31.
WHO'S NOT The Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Commissioner Robert Vowels left in December to become commissioner of the Southwest Athletic Conference. The basketball section on the conference's Web site hasn't been updated in 10 months, and the conference standings are more confusing than trigonometry.
STAT OF THE WEEK Paine senior center Germaletta Dyson is averaging 16.6 points and 13.8 rebounds a game. If she continues at this pace, Dyson - who won the 2002 SIAC Volleyball Player of the Year award - would be a solid SIAC Basketball Player of the Year candidate.
RANKING THE MEN'S TEAMS 1. Augusta State (5-4, 2-0). The Jaguars lead the Peach Belt in scoring with 76.4 points a game.
2. Paine (3-6, 1-2). The Lions are shooting .417 from the field, but they have four players averaging more than 10 points a contest.
3. USC Aiken (2-7, 1-2). Lee Burton seventh in the Peach Belt in scoring with an average of 14.2 points a game.
4. Aiken Tech (6-8). The Knights play host to Coastal Georgia at 3 p.m. today.
RANKING THE WOMEN'S TEAMS 1. USC Aiken (9-3, 2-1). Julie Szabo leads the Lady Pacers with an average of 12.4 points a game.
2. Augusta State (6-2, 1-1). The Lady Jaguars shot six free throws in a 75-70 loss at Shaw on Monday. Shaw shot 30 foul shots. Augusta committed 14 more fouls. Wonder whether the referees made a difference?
3. Paine (6-3, 3-0). The Lady Lions shot 15 free throws in a 62-58 loss to Livingstone on Tuesday. Livingstone shot 33 foul shots. Wonder whether the referees made a difference?
GAMES OF THE WEEK Paine vs. Augusta State in City Classic at Christenberry Fieldhouse today (6 p.m., women; 8 p.m., men). The women's game pits two winning teams for the first time in recent history. In the men's game, the two schools have split their past two games.
THEY SAID IT "(Augusta State coach Gary Tuell) keeps mixing the lineup up, so I guess you have to play with everybody." - Augusta State senior guard Darrick Broddie, on his team's good chemistry
Reach Chris Gay at (706) 868-1222, Ext. 114.
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