Saturday shootout

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WHO'S HOT

Chris Gay
Sports Writer
Twitter: @AUG_ChrisGay
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Morgan Johnson. The USC Aiken senior center leads the team in scoring (13.0 points a game). The two-time reigning Peach Belt Conference Player of the Week also leads the league in field-goal percentage (.559) and blocks (61).

WHO'S NOT

Alaska-Anchorage. The Seawolves, Augusta State's Final Four opponent last season, likely won't be in Springfield, Mass., this year. Alaska-Anchorage is 10-11 and unranked in the West region.

ADJUST YOUR DIAL

If you can pick up the CBS College Sports Network, you can watch three Division II men's games of interest, though the level of interest is debatable.

Next Saturday, the network is broadcasting the Colorado Christian at Metro State tilt (3 p.m.). On Feb. 21, Northwest Missouri State travels to No. 12 Central Missouri, while Wheeling Jesuit plays at West Virginia State the next week.

It's great that Division II is getting some exposure, but those teams? Why not top-ranked Findlay? Or one of our ranked local schools?

PRONUNCIATION GUIDE

For whatever reason, some announcers cannot say Augusta State guard Ben Madgen 's last name correctly, putting the 'g' before the 'd'. His name is pronounced "Mad-Gen."

It's really not that difficult.

AROUND THE LEAGUE

Peach Belt Conference co-leader Georgia College & State (17-2, 11-2) is off today. When the 17th-ranked Bobcats return to action Wednesday, they'll play host to No. 15 Armstrong Atlantic State.

AROUND THE NATION

While No. 1 Findlay and No. 2 LIU-C.W. Post remained unbeaten, one more top-10 team fell this week: No. 3 Central Oklahoma.

TODAY'S SLATE

USC Aiken at North Georgia, 2 p.m. (women), 4 (men): The Lady Pacers need a win to stop a two-game slide.

The ninth-ranked Pacers have won by five points or fewer in Dahlonega, Ga., the past two seasons.

Clayton State at Augusta State, 5:30 p.m. (women), 7:30 (men): The Lady Jaguars trying to snap a three-game losing streak. The 11th-ranked Jaguars seek revenge for last month's loss to the Lakers.

MEN'S TEAM REPORTS

Augusta State (16-4, 10-3): With six more wins, fifth-year coach Dip Metress will pass Clint Bryant for second place on the school's win list with 107.

Paine (7-14, 6-12): Lions shooting 33 percent from behind the arc.

USC Aiken (16-4, 11-2): Pacers lead the league in blocked shots, averaging five a game.

WOMEN'S TEAM REPORTS

Augusta State (5-15, 3-10): Guard Nicole Mealing ranks fourth in league scoring average (14.4) and 11th in rebounding (7.2).

Paine (5-14, 4-12): Forward is LaKeisha Bell fifth in league scoring (16.3).

USC Aiken (16-7, 8-5): Lady Pacers lead the league in field-goal percentage (.759).

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