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CSU women and men advance to division-II tournament

There was no real drama for the Columbus State basketball teams in either the Division II men's selection show or the women's.

Both CSU teams knew they were in. The women earned their way in with the Peach Belt Conference tournament championship on Sunday.

The men, who were ranked sixth in the Southeast Region rankings entering the PBC tournament, did enough by advancing to the tournament championship game to assure themselves of staying in the top eight.

Lady Cougars head to Limestone

In a normal year, a 30-1 record is easily good enough to earn a team the right to host a NCAA Division II women's regional.

Unfortunately for the Columbus State Lady Cougars, this is not a normal year.

CSU, which won both the regular season and tournament titles in the Peach Belt Conference, will be on the road at Limestone in Gaffney, S.C.

Limestone finished 30-1 as well and won the Conference of the Carolinas titles.

The NCAA committee had Limestone ranked ahead of CSU since the first regional rankings were released earlier this season.

The rest of the field includes third-seed Anderson (25-4), followed by Lander (23-6), Wingate (21-9), Newberry (21-10), Carson-Newman (19-10) and Catawba (18-11).

Newberry joined Limestone and Columbus State as conference champions.

Newberry upset Anderson in the South Atlantic tournament final.

The tournament will start on Friday with the following matchups: Columbus State vs. Carson-Newman, Limestone vs. Catawba, Anderson vs. Newberry and Lander vs. Wingate.

CSU would play the Anderson-Newberry winner in the semifinals.

The winner of the regional will advance to the Elite Eight in Sioux Falls, S.D.

Cougars head to Lincoln Memorial

Columbus State, which blew a 25-point lead and lost to Montevallo in the Peach Belt tournament title game Sunday, may get another shot at the Falcons as both made the regional. Lincoln Memorial (Harrogate, Tenn.) will host the men's Southeast Regional despite losing the South Atlantic tournament final to Carson-Newman.

Montevallo, the fourth seed entering the weekend, vaulted up to the No. 2 spot.

Columbus State remained as the No. 6 seed.

Carson-Newman and North Greenville are the Nos. 7 and 8 seeds, respectively.

North Greenville upset Mount Olive in the Conference of the Carolinas tournament final.

King and Lander were the two unlucky teams that were the 7 and 8 seeds.

The first round matchups will be Lincoln Memorial (29-2) vs. North Greenville (22-9), Montevallo (24-8) vs. Carson-Newman (18-13), Columbus State (22-7) vs. UNC Pembroke (25-5) and Mount Olive (28-3) vs. Georgia Regents (23-6).

Columbus State would play the Montevallo-Carson-Newman winner in the semifinals.

The winner of the regional advances to the Elite Eight in Evansville, Ind.

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