November 3, 2005
Valdosta - It was only two weeks ago that five teams were tied for first place in the Gulf South Conference.
Heading into the final weekend of the regular season, the logjam at the top has been reduced to just two teams.
Of course one of those teams is the defending NCAA Divsion II national champion Valdosta State Blazers.
Who can claim a share of a fifth conference title in the last six years with a win over West Georgia Saturday in the Peach Basket Classic.
A VSU victory would also clinch the top seed in the Southeast region for the NCAA Division II playoffs which guarantees the Blazers a first round bye and the right to play at home in the next two rounds.
West Georgia saw their conference title hopes all but end with a one point loss last week to North Alabama.
So, the Braves would love nothing better to play the role of spoiler to their cross-state rivals.
VSU head coach Chris Hatcher said "This will be the last game that their seniors will ever play in in college. So, they are playing for alot of pride and we are playing of course to be the conference champions."
Valdosta State has owned the Peach Basket ever since it became the prize in its rivalry with West Georgia five years ago.
Kickoff is Saturday at one o'clock at Bazemore-Hyder Stadium.