Jan. 15, 2014
The Last Meeting
January 9, 2013
- The Southern Miss men's basketball team plays its first home conference game this Thursday, January 16, when it hosts Rice. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. CT.
Southern Miss and Rice will meet for just the 12th time. The Golden Eagles hold a 7-4 advantage. When played in Hattiesburg, Southern Miss leads, 4-1. The Golden Eagles have won the last four meetings and six of the last seven. In Conference USA games, Southern Miss leads 6-3.
Southern Miss enters tonight's game with a 14-3 record and 1-1 in Conference USA. The Golden Eagles had their five game win streak snapped on Sunday, falling at Tulsa, 75-71.
Senior guard Neil Watson leads the team with 11.4 points. He also leads Conference USA and is eighth in the country (as of Jan. 12) in free throw percentage, connecting on 92.2-percent from the charity stripe while adding 3.7 assists. Senior forward Daveon Boardingham is averaging 10.7 points per game and is pulling down 4.4 rebounds per game while ranking tenth in C-USA in field goal percentage (55.1%).
Senior forward Michael Craig is adding 10.6 points and a team-high 7.6 boards. He is also is eighth in the league in field goal percentage, connecting on 56.3-percent from the floor. Junior forward Aaron Brown is scoring 9.7 points and senior guard Jerrold Brooks is averaging 9.3 points.
Southern Miss is averaging 73.1 points per game and is leading C-USA by allowing just 63.0. The Golden Eagles are connecting on 46.8% from the field and 33.9% from three while allowing just 42.2% from the floor and 33.0% from behind the arc. Southern Miss is also outrebounding its opponents, 35.6-to-29.0 and is second in the league and 22nd in the country (as of Jan. 12) with 8.6 steals per game.
Rice enters tonight's game with a 5-10 record, 0-2 in Conference USA. The Owls have lost five straight after falling to Florida Atlantic, 73-68, Saturday night.
Senior guard Austin Ramljak leads Rice with 12.6 points and is seventh in Conference USA in three-point field goal percentage (.426). Freshman forward Sean Obi is averaging 11.3 points and is second in C-USA with 9.3 rebounds. He is also fifth in the league in field goal percentage, connecting on 57.9-percent from the floor. Sophomore guard Max Guercy is scoring 10.0 points and is eighth in the league in assists (3.8) and minutes played (33.9).
Rice is averaging 65.9 points while allowing 69.3 points. The Owls are connecting on just 41.0-percent from the floor and 33.4% from three while allowing 42.8-percent from the floor and 34.5% from three. Rice is also being outrebounded, 36.4-to-34.4. The Owls are also second in C-USA in three-pointers made per game with 8.4.
Head coach Ben Braun is in his sixth year as the head of the Rice program, where he has a 61-115 (.347) record. In 37 years as a head coach, Braun is 613-504 (.549).