Jaguars notch No. 1, history

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A loud roar went up in the packed Jaguar Student Activities Center ballroom late Sunday night.

During the NCAA selection show displayed on a big screen, Augusta State received the No. 1 seed in the South Atlantic Regional and will play host to the first three rounds of the Division II Tournament.

The 17th-ranked Jaguars will play Elizabeth City State (16-15) in the first round at 6 p.m. Saturday.

"It's an honor and a privilege. It's a testament to the year we've had," Metress said about his team gaining the regional.

Augusta State (23-6) will hold its first regional in school history. The eight-team tournament will start Saturday with four games. The semifinals will be held Sunday. The regional championship will be held Tuesday.

The regional winner will advance to the Elite Eight, March 21-24, in Springfield, Mass.

"I told our guys," Metress said, "we're focusing on one-game winning streaks."

The Jaguars won 14 games in a row en route to the Peach Belt Conference regular season title. After losing to rival Clayton State in the Peach Belt Conference semifinals, Augusta State has lost three of its past four. But you couldn't tell in that ballroom filled with fans of the program.

"There are probably more people here today than my first game three years ago," Metress said.

The Jaguars - who will place a "Believe" banner signed by their supporters in their locker room - are making their first trip to the Division II Tournament since 2002, and they're seeking their second postseason victory.

The regional is comprised of five at-large teams and winners of the CIAA, Peach Belt and South Atlantic Conference tournaments.

Lander, Wingate, Virginia Union, Clayton State, Armstrong Atlantic State and Catawba are the other teams in the regional.

Reach Chris Gay at (706) 823-3645 or chris.gay@augustachronicle.com.

south atlantic regional
What: First three rounds of the Division II Tournament
Where: Christenberry Fieldhouse
When: Saturday (quarterfinals), Sunday (semifinals), Tuesday, March 13 (championship game)
Teams: Augusta State (No. 1 seed), Virginia Union (No. 2), Clayton State (No. 3), Armstrong Atlantic State (No. 4), Wingate (No. 5), Catawba (No. 6), Lander (No. 7), Elizabeth City State (No. 8)
Note: The regional winner advances to the Elite Eight, March 21-24, in Springfield, Mass. ... Augusta State is 30-6 at home the past three seasons, including 10-1 at Christenberry Fieldhouse this season.

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ness 03/05/07 - 02:13 pm
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Lets go Jags!!!!!!!!!!!!

Lets go Jags!!!!!!!!!!!!

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ALC 03/05/07 - 05:25 pm
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That's good for State but Va.

That's good for State but Va. Union is not too long removed from a national champioship and was runner up last year. The first round game shouldn't be a problem. Elizabeth City is coming in flying after upsetting Va. Union in the CIAA fianal and if they're still riding that emotion they could cause trouble. I wouldn't mind seeing the ASU and Va Union final that would be a great game

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CryoCyberTronics 03/06/07 - 03:11 am
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I still would like to see

I still would like to see Augusta State in the Big South (Divison 1). in which it co-created. Having all the seccess that they are having now... Once, twice, three times, a lady...!!!

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