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Eagles Play First C-USA Home Game, Against Memphis




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Eagles Play First C-USA Home Game, Against Memphis

HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- After losing at Louisville Wednesday night, Southern Miss returns home to host longtime rival Memphis in a Saturday game that will be televised nationally by ESPN, with tipoff tentatively set for 4:05 p.m.

While Southern Miss goes into the game off a loss, the Tigers are fresh off a 73-57 victory at Villanova, a victory that pushed their record to 9-2. Memphis has lost to Wake Forest, 85-76 in the opening game of the season, and 74-64 at Illinois. Both teams are nationally ranked.

The series between Southern Miss and Memphis started in the 1937-38 season, and the Tigers enjoy a 46-22 edge. The Tigers have won three of the last four games played, but Southern Miss has won eight of the last 12. The two teams split last season's two games, with the Golden Eagles winning in Hattiesburg, 84-67, and Memphis winning in the Pyramid, 80-62.

Antonio Burks leads three Tigers averaging double-figure points, at 15.9 a game. Rodney Carney is close behind at 15.0, and Sean Banks is at 14.7 through 11 games. The Tigers average 74.5 points a game, while giving up 66.6. Memphis also enjoys a healthy rebounding margin, 41.0-to-36.7.

Charles Gaines recorded a double-double, with 12 points, 10 rebounds, at Louisville and continues to lead the Eagles in both categories, at 16.3 points and 10.5 rebounds a game. Gaines currently is ranked fifth in C-USA in scoring and first in rebounding. Jasper Johnson is averaging 13.3 points a game and Clement Carter 10.3, to round out Golden Eagle double-figure scorers.

The Eagles continue to shoot the ball at a respectable .450 (303-673) pace, but opponents are even better, at .459 (329-717). Southern Miss also continues to lead the combined opposition in the rebounding category. The Eagles average 36.4 rebounds a game, while the opposition is at 33.4.

Memphis also is one of only three C-USA teams that Southern Miss will play twice during the regular season. The other two are Tulane and Houston.

Following the Memphis game, Southern Miss will get back on the road for a pair of games, Jan. 13, at Saint Louis, and Jan. 16, against Marquette, with that game being played in Green Bay, Wis.

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