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Southern Miss - Marquette Game Notes
Eagles Take Road Show To Green Bay, Wis.
HATTIESBURG, MISS. -- Southern Miss remains on the road with an unusual "home" game in Green Bay, Wis., against C-USA foe Marquette.
Originally scheduled for Hattiesburg, the game, instead, will be played at the 10,600-seat Resch Center in Green Bay, as part of a weekend college basketball promotion at the facility. Wisconsin-Green Bay is scheduled to play UW-Milwaukee in a Saturday night game.
Southern Miss and Marquette did not play last season, thanks to the vagaries of the C-USA schedule format, and have played only eight times ever, starting with an 84-72 Southern Miss victory in 1981. The two teams have split the last four games. Marquette won the last time the two played, 72-58, in Hattiesburg, during the 2001-02 season, and leads the series, 5-3.
Marquette goes into the game with an 11-3 record, 2-1 in Conference USA action. In the Milwaukee-based Golden Eagles' last game, they lost to nationally 7th-ranked Cincinnati, 85-73. Marquette is ranked 21st in both polls this week.
Travis Diener leads Marquette at 17.6 points a game. Teammates Steve Novak and Scott Merritt add 12.4 and 11.9 points, respectively. Tom Crean's team averages almost 70 points a game and gives up just over 62.
Southern Miss is fresh from a disappointing 56-55 loss at Saint Louis. Only two USM players average double-figure points, Charles Gaines, at 15.9, and Jasper Johnson, at 12.9. Gaines also continues to lead Southern Miss in rebounds, at 9.9 a game, tops in C-USA.
James Green's team averages 67.2 points a game, and gives up 69.1. USM is shooting a solid .452 (346-766) from the field, and an equally good .378 (74-196) from 3-point range.
Following the Marquette game, the Eagles return home for Cincinnati (Jan. 24), and then play three more on the road, at Tulane (Jan. 31), at Houston (Feb. 3), and at TCU (Feb. 7),