Jan. 31, 2014
The Last Meeting
February 13, 2013
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Southern Miss men's basketball team begins a three-game homestand this Saturday, February 1, when it hosts Tulane. Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m. CT.
Southern Miss and Tulane will meet for the 76th time. It is the second most games played against one opponent. The Green Wave leads the series, 40-35. However, Southern Miss has won the last seven meetings and 10 of the last 11. When played in Hattiesburg, Southern Miss leads, 19-15.
Southern Miss enters today's game with an 18-3 record and 5-1 in Conference USA. The Golden Eagles have won four straight after defeating East Carolina, 60-46, last Saturday night.
Senior guard Neil Watson leads the team with 12.3 points. He also leads Conference USA and is second in the country (as of Jan. 30) in free throw percentage, connecting on 94.3-percent from the charity stripe while adding 3.9 assists, good for eighth in the league. Senior forward Michael Craig is adding 11.3 points and a team-high 7.9 boards, which is ninth in C-USA. He is also sixth in the league in field goal percentage, connecting on 58.0-percent from the floor.
Senior forward Daveon Boardingham is averaging 11.1 points per game and is pulling down 4.9 rebounds per game. He is also connecting on 57.0-percent from the field, which is seventh in C-USA. Senior guard Jerrold Brooks is scoring 9.6 points and junior forward Aaron Brown is averaging 9.1 points.
Southern Miss is averaging 73.4 points per game and is leading C-USA by allowing just 62.4. The Golden Eagles are connecting on 46.4% from the field, which is second in the league, and 34.6% from three while allowing just 41.9% from the floor and 33.4% from behind the arc. Southern Miss is also outrebounding its opponents, 36.3-to-28.9 and is second in the league and 16th in the country (as of Jan. 30) with 8.7 steals per game.
Tulane enters tonight's game with an 11-10 record and 3-3 in Conference USA. The Green Wave are coming off a 70-64 loss at Old Dominion, Saturday night.
Sophomore guard Louis Dabney is fifth in Conference USA with 17.0 points and minutes played (34.7). Freshman guard Jonathan Stark is averaging 15.6 points, good for 10th in the league. He is also tops in the league in minutes (37.3) and sixth in assists (4.0).
Junior guard Jay Hook is scoring 14.6 points and is third in C-USA in three-point field goal percentage (.455) and fourth in free throw percentage (.845). Junior forward Tre Drye leads the team with 6.9 rebounds per game and senior forward Kevin Thomas is fifth in C-USA in blocks (1.7).
Tulane is averaging 66.3 points and allowing 70.5. The Green Wave are connecting on just 41.4-percent from the floor and 33.1-percent from three and are allowing 44.7-percent from the field and 35.1-percent from three. TU is outrebounding its opponents, 34.3-to-34.0. Tulane also leads Conference USA in free throw percentage (.719).
Head coach Ed Conroy is in his fourth year as the head of the Tulane program, where he has a 59-58 (.504) record. In 11 years as a head coach, Conroy is 149-190 (.440).