AUGUSTA, Ga. – The nationally-ranked Augusta University men's basketball team climbed to second in the NCAA Southeast Region Rankings after upsetting No. 5 USC Aiken and ending the regular season on a 10-game winning streak to win the Peach Belt Conference championship.
The third official NCAA region rankings are through games played on March 3, 2019.
Augusta is also ranked 24th in the nation in the most recent NCAA National Rankings, released by the National Association of Basketball Coaches on Tuesday afternoon. The Jaguars also broke into the D2SIDA Men's Basketball National Media Poll that came out Wednesday and are tied for 15th with Colorado School of Mines. The NCAA recognizes the D2SIDA poll and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) poll. See more by clicking here
Earning the No. 1 seed in the PBC Tournament, Augusta hosts eighth seeded Columbus State in the Peach Belt Conference Tournament quarterfinal game on Wednesday, March 6 at 7:00 p.m. in Christenberry Fieldhouse.
NCAA SOUTHEAST REGION RANKINGS
3 USC Aiken
5 UNC Pembroke
6 Francis Marion
8 Lincoln Memorial
9 Belmont Abbey
About Augusta Men's Basketball
The Augusta University men's basketball team is led by head coach Dip Metress. On May 10, 2004, Metress was introduced as the fifth head coach in program history. He previously led the Belmont Abbey Crusaders (1996-04) and was an assistant for the Jaguars under Clint Bryant (1989-95). He has never had a losing season in his 15 seasons at the helm of the Jaguars. A two-time Peach Belt Conference Coach of the Year, Metress and the Jags hosted five straight NCAA Regional Tournaments from 2007-11 and advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight three seasons in a row. He was named the South Atlantic Coach of the Year in 2007, the Southeast Region Coach of the Year in 2009, and the NABC Southeast District Coach of the Year in 2011.
Augusta men's hoops has retired four numbers in its 52-year history: Ben Madgen (1), Keshun Sherrill (10), Tyrekus 'AJ' Bowman (23), and Keenan Mann (32). The Jaguars have reached the NCAA tournament 11 times and won their region three times.
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