by Mark Jagord, sports information assistant
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INDIANAPOLIS – The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) released the second Southeast Region rankings poll and have listed the Georgia College women's basketball team at No. 8. The rankings determine which teams get invited to the Division II National Tournament and they will continue to get updated as the March tournament approaches.
Currently eight teams from each region get invited with conference tournament winners receiving an automatic bid, while five other at-large teams are also selected based on the regional rankings. The last rankings prior to the national tournament will determine the at-large selections.
The Southeast Region is represented by the Peach Belt Conference (PBC), South Atlantic Conference (SAC) and the Conference Carolinas (CC). Each conference tournament champion from the PBC, SAC, and CC plus five at-large teams selected from the Southeast Region poll will compete for the NCAA Division II National Championship along with three conference winners and five at-large teams from seven other regions.
In addition to the Southeast Region, the other seven regions include the Midwest, South, East, Central, South Central, West and Atlantic.
The Bobcats next take to the court Saturday, March 1 at Armstrong Atlantic State University for the regular-season finale set for a 1:30 p.m. tipoff. The Pirates are currently ranked one spot ahead of the Bobcats in the Southeast Region Poll at No. 7. A Georgia College win in Savannah, Ga. this weekend may provide a good opportunity for the Bobcats to move up in the next poll.
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