ASU Gains One Spot In Poll

ASU Gains One Spot In Poll

AUGUSTA, Ga. – The Augusta State men's basketball squad moved up one spot in the national rankings on Tuesday, March 10, improving to No. 4 in the 15th and final NABC poll of the 2008-09 season.

With the ranking, ASU has now appeared in the top 25 for a school-record 35 consecutive weeks, dating back to the 2006-07 campaign. The Jaguars have been ranked among the top 10 in the nation in 16 of the last 17 polls.

ASU went 3-0 last weekend, capturing its first Peach Belt Conference Tournament title since 2002 with wins over Lander, Georgia College & State and USC Aiken in the PBC Tournament championship game. With the victory, the Jags became the first team to win both the regular-season conference title and the league's tourney crown since Kennesaw State in 2004.

ASU earned the highest ranking in school history on Tuesday, Dec. 9 when it moved up from No. 4 to No. 3 in the nation.

The Jags are the highest ranked of three PBC teams among the top 25. USC Aiken is ranked No. 16 while Armstrong Atlantic State is No. 25. Georgia College & State dropped out of the poll after its PBC tourney semifinal loss to ASU.

Findlay (Ohio), C.W. Post (N.Y.) and BYU-Hawaii retained the top three spots in the poll, followed by ASU at No. 4 Gannon (Pa.) at No. 5.

Findlay (30-0) wrapped up its undefeated run into the regional tournament by beating Grand Valley State in the title game in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament. The Oilers will open play in the Midwest Regional against that same Laker team Saturday evening.

C.W. Post (27-0) beat Bridgeport in the championship game of the East Coast Conference Tournament and takes the top seed into the East Regional where it will take on Philadelphia Saturday night. The No. 3 ranked team, BYU-Hawaii (25-1), will be among the first to start regional play as it hosts a sub-regional contest in the West Regional Friday against Humboldt State.

No. 4 ASU (26-4), No. 5 Gannon (27-3) and No. 6 Central Missouri (26-4) are also playing host to regional tournaments this week as top seeds, as are No. 11 Florida Southern and No. 12 Southwest Minnesota State. Western Washington, which is ranked 23rd, will host the other sub-regional in the West; the two sub-regional winners will play Tuesday for the regional title and berth to the Elite Eight at the home of the highest remaining seed.


NABC Coaches Poll
(as of Tuesday, March 10, 2009)
                                          Record             Points               Pvs

 1.   Findlay (Ohio) (8)                   30-0                200                 1
 2.   C.W. Post (N.Y.)                     27-0                192                 2
 3.   BYU-Hawaii                           25-1                184                 3
 4.   AUGUSTA STATE                        26-4                176                 5
 5.   Gannon (Pa.)                         27-3                168                 6
 6.   Central Missouri                     26-4                160                 8
 7.   Southwest Baptist (Mo.)              24-4                148                 4
 8.   Metropolitan State (Colo.)           27-3                144                 11
 9.   Northern Kentucky                    24-6                132                 15
10.   Claflin (S.C.)                       24-3                122                 7
11.   Florida Southern                     27-6                118                 20
12.   Southwest Minnesota State            25-6                99                   9
13.   Central Oklahoma                     24-5                88                   10
14.   Benedict (S.C.)                      24-5                83                   14
15.   Christian Brothers (Tenn.)           22-6                79                   12
16.   USC Aiken                            23-7                74                   17
17.   Alderson-Broaddus (W. Va.)           26-5                71                   16
18.   Bellarmine (Ky.)                     24-6                68                   18
19.   Southern Indiana                     26-6                59                   13
20.   Kutztown (Pa.)                       26-4                50                   21
21.   Midwestern State (Texas)             24-6                41                   NR          
22.   St. Cloud State (Minn.)              22-8                31                   NR
23.   Western Washington                   21-5                25                   NR
24.   Bentley (Mass.)                      24-6                22                   19
25.   Armstrong Atlantic State (Ga.)       23-6                17                   23           

Dropped out: West Virginia State (22), Georgia College & State (24), Winona State (25).

Others receiving votes: Barton (N.C.) 14, Georgia College & State 8, West Virginia State 7, Assumption (Mass.) 5, Incarnate Word (Texas) 5, Virginia Union 4, Arkansas Tech 3, Pittsburgh-Johnstown (Pa.) 2, Massachusetts-Lowell 1.

Records are through games of March 1, 2009

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Jags Continue To Climb
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Jags Snag Huge Road Win
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Jags Climb Back Into Top 10
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ASU No. 2 Region Poll
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Jaguars Top Region Poll
January 28, 2009 Jaguars Top Region Poll
ASU Slips, Remains In Top 10
January 27, 2009 ASU Slips, Remains In Top 10
Jags' Siler Honored By PBC
January 26, 2009 Jags' Siler Honored By PBC
Madgen Leads Balanced Attack
January 24, 2009 Madgen Leads Balanced Attack
ASU Back In Top Five
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ASU Climbs In National Poll
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Madgen Lands PBC Honor
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Madgen Layup Lifts Jaguars
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ASU Remains Among Top Ten
January 6, 2009 ASU Remains Among Top Ten
Lakers Slow Down ASU, 65-55
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Dixon Clutch Again For Jaguars
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Jaguars Remain In Top 10
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No. 3 ASU Bounces Back At Home
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No. 4 ASU Tops Paine, 85-66
December 6, 2008 No. 4 ASU Tops Paine, 85-66
ASU Stands Pat In Poll
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No. 4 ASU Wins Thriller
December 2, 2008 No. 4 ASU Wins Thriller
Jaguars Make History
November 25, 2008 Jaguars Make History
Jaguars To Be Honored
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ASU Meet The Team Night Slated
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Jaguars Sweep Exhibition DH
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Jaguars Ranked Fifth By NABC
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ASU Picked Second In PBC
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ASU Ranked No. 5 In Nation
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Jaguars Finalize Schedule
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