AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Augusta State is ranked first
in the initial Southeast Region poll of the 2008-09 regular season,
released Wednesday afternoon by the NCAA.
The Jaguars are one of six Peach Belt Conference schools to appear in the first regional rankings, joining Georgia College & State, Armstrong Atlantic State, USC Aiken, Clayton State and North Georgia. The Jags own a 4-2 record against the other PBC teams in the poll.
The top eight teams in the final Southeast Region poll of the regular season will earn a trip to the NCAA Tournament.
"We've played some quality opponents and we've been fortunate enough to play well against them for the most part," said ASU head coach Dip Metress. "It's nice to be recognized, but we won't get caught up too much in it all. We've got a long way to go and there's a lot that can happen during the rest of the regular season."
The Jags currently sit at 14-3 overall and 8-2 in the PBC. They are coming off back-to-back, double-digit home wins over Francis Marion and Georgia Southwestern
No. 7 ASU travels to Milledgeville, Ga., to square off with 24th-ranked GCSU in a matchup of region's top-ranked teams on Saturday, Jan. 31 at 4:00 p.m. in the Centennial Center.
NCAA Southeast Region Poll (records are through Sunday, January 25) Overall Region Record Record 1. AUGUSTA STATE 14-3 13-2 2. Georgia College & State 12-2 11-2 3. Armstrong Atlantic State 12-2 10-2 4. USC Aiken 11-4 11-3 5. Catawba 12-4 10-4 6. Barton 12-4 12-4 7. Clayton State 6-5 6-5 8. North Georgia 7-7 7-7 9. Newberry 11-4 11-4 10. Tusculum 12-6 9-6