Reviewing and previewing local college basketball:
WHO'S HOT Columbus State women. The Lady Cougars have won their past 10 games and are 15-1 overall. Columbus State is 10-0 at home and defeated nationally ranked Armstrong Atlantic State last week. The voting by the Women's Basketball Coaches of America, in their latest poll, ranges from unintelligent to moronic: The unranked Lady Cougars received just four votes.
WHO'S NOT Tuskegee men. The Tigers have slumped lately, losing nine straight. Seven of those losses, including a 78-72 loss at Paine on Jan. 6, have been by six points or less.
STAT OF THE WEEK The last time the Augusta State men's and women's basketball teams both ended the season with winning records was 1993-94.
RANKING THE MEN'S TEAMS 1. Augusta State (10-6, 6-2). When the Jaguars play unselfishly, they're tough to beat. The Jags dished out 44 assists (against 22 turnovers) in wins over UNC Pembroke and Lander.
2. Aiken Tech (10-9, 5-3). The Knights have won six of their past seven games. A.J. Gordon leads with 14.4 points per game; Steve Burroughs averages 7.7 assists.
3. Paine (6-11, 3-7). Coach Ron Spry is back after being suspended two games and fined $1,000 by the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference for, according to the league's Web site, "making derogatory remarks to the game officials" in the Clark Atlanta game.
4. USC Aiken (2-14, 1-7). The Pacers have lost a team-record seven straight and haven't won since Dec. 19.
RANKING THE WOMEN'S TEAMS 1. Augusta State (11-4, 6-2). Who would've thought the Lady Jaguars would be two games up in the Peach Belt North Division nearly midway through the season?.
2. Paine (11-6, 6-3). Germaletta Dyson is fourth in the SIAC in scoring (16.1 ppg), and Tiffany Isaac is sixth (15.4).
3. USC Aiken (13-6, 4-4). With three losses in five games, the Lady Pacers need a quick turnaround to avoid having to win the conference tournament to make the Division II tournament.
GAMES OF THE WEEK Columbus State at Augusta State, Wednesday, 5:30 (women) and 7:30 (men). The Lady Jaguars were handed their biggest defeat of the season Jan. 13 when they lost at Columbus State, 60-36, without center Arijana Sijercic, the team's leading rebounder and second-leading scorer. Sijercic is expected to be in the lineup this time.
In the men's game, the Jaguars took the seventh-ranked Cougars to overtime before falling, 71-68.
THEY SAID IT "We need to get a win. Unfortunately, Columbus isn't one of the places where people find them." - USC Aiken men's coach Mike Roberts, whose Pacers play at nationally ranked Columbus State tonight
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