Columbus State Men’s Basketball Picked 12th in Peach Pelt Preseason Poll
AUGUSTA – For the second time in the last three years, the USC Aiken men's basketball team has been selected as the team to beat in a preseason poll of Peach Belt Conference head coaches, released on Wednesday. The Pacers received 10 of a possible 12 first-place votes to finish ahead of Augusta State, who was second. Clayton State was third while Georgia College was fourth and Armstrong Atlantic State fifth. The 3-5 teams were separated by only four points. Montevallo is sixth in the poll with Flagler seventh and Francis Marion eighth. Georgia Southwestern, North Georgia, Lander, Columbus State and UNC Pembroke round out the voting. Coaches were not permitted to rank their own teams.
USC Aiken begins the 2010-11 season ranked 11th nationally by the Division II Bulletin. The 2010 PBC Tournament Champions, the Pacers return seven letterwinners from last year's team including the backcourt duo of All-Conference standout Byron Faison and Sterling Council.
Columbus State will be under the direction of first-year head coach Robert Moore and will look to improve upon last year's 12-14 record. In his initial stint at CSU, he helped guide the Cougars to two NCAA Division II Sweet Sixteen appearances and three PBC Tournament championships. Moore has six returning players to go along with 11 newcomers that he will try to mesh into another contending team in the PBC.
Columbus State will travel to Auburn to take on the Tigers on Monday, November 8 in an exhibition contest to begin the year. The regular season kicks off a week later at Alabama-Huntsville. They host Carver Bible in their home-opener on Monday, November 22 at 7:00 p.m. in the Lumpkin Center. Conference play tips off on December 11 versus USC Aiken and continues through to the 2011 PBC Tournament March 1, 5-6.