Men's Basketball begins four-game homestand with second-place ODU on Thursday
HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- Fresh off its first C-USA road win of the season, the Southern Miss men's basketball team is returning to the friendly confines of Reed Green Coliseum to take on Old Dominion at 7 p.m. CT on Thursday.
Southern Miss' last home game, an 85-78 win over North Texas on Jan. 20, came in front of its largest crowd of the season. Tickets for Thursday's contest with the Monarchs can be purchased at the coliseum box office pregame, visiting SouthernMissTickets.com or calling 1-800-844-TICK. Those who cannot make it can find the game on CUSA.tv as well as with the Southern Miss IMG Sports Network (Rock 104.5 in Hattiesburg/Laurel), with John Cox on the call for both.
Promotions for Thursday's game include Military Appreciation Day, where personnel can receive a complimentary ticket with their military ID. The first 100 fans in attendance will also receive vouchers for one-dollar hot dogs, and music from the 1990s will be played throughout the game.
– Saturday’s win over FAU featured several team milestones. The 77 points were Southern Miss’ most away from home since the 2015-16 finale at Marshall (106). The Golden Eagles also shot 8-for-12 on three-pointers, its most efficient mark (min. 5 makes) since Nov. 27, 2004 versus McNeese State. It was the most points FAU had allowed at home for the season, and the Owls had entered the night No. 2 in the league for scoring defense. Southern Miss’ 21 points allowed in the first half were one off a season-low for a period.
– In addition to shooting 52 percent and committing just nine turnovers, Southern Miss also had 32 free-throw attempts, the fourth time it has shot at least 30 in a game. It is 4-0 this season when doing so (SUNO, UTSA, Rice, FAU). The Golden Eagles’ 74.2 percent free-throw percentage in league play ranks second and is six points ahead of their non-conference clip.
– The Golden Eagles dropped a 54-50 decision to Old Dominion in the last meeting between the teams (Jan. 12, 2017). The 104 combined points remain tied with the fewest in a Southern Miss game since Dec. 22, 2015. Southern Miss edged the Monarchs, 73-71, in the most-recent Reed Green Coliseum matchup (Jan. 9, 2016), behind Khari Price’s 20 points and his go-ahead bucket with 2:04 remaining.
– Southern Miss has won all nine of its home games this season, tying for the eighth-longest streak in school history (best since the 2011-12 team went 15-0). The Golden Eagles have scored 85 points or more in all four of their home C-USA games, and the most recent bout, an 85-78 victory over North Texas, was the only one decided by single-digits.
– ODU enters Reed Green Coliseum with the league’s No. 2 defense against C-USA foes (65.2 ppg), while Southern Miss is third in offense at 74.4 ppg.
– Tyree Griffin now has 137 assists, already the most of any player in a single season of the Doc Sadler era. He is currently No. 6 against C-USA foes for scoring (18.8 ppg), fifth in assists (5.6 apg), fourth in steals (2.2 spg) and eighth in three-point percentage (44.0%). On Saturday, he picked up his seventh 20-point game of the season (Golden Eagles are 5-2 in those games).
– The Golden Eagles need two more league wins to continue the trend of Sadler improving the team’s C-USA win total in each season he has been at the helm. The 12 overall victories are the most by a Golden Eagle team since the 2012 NCAA Tourney squad.
– Southern Miss is second in C-USA with a 37.3 three-point percentage against league foes. Kevin Holland ranks third with a 47.8 percent mark from long-range, helped by his 7-for-7 contest versus UTSA. It tied Neil Watson’s 7-for-7 game in 2013 as the best in program history, and his overall 8-for-8 game joined Marcus Crowell (10-for-10 in 1990 versus UL Lafayette) for FG percentage.
– Southern Miss has moved to second and sixth nationally for fewest turnovers per game (9.4) and assist-turnover ratio (1.59). Florida State and FIU have been the only teams so far to edge the Black and Gold in the turnover battle. Southern Miss’ 23 assists versus Rice were its most against a Division I team since Nov. 27, 2004 versus McNeese State (26). It also had 32 versus Rust on Dec. 3, 2017. The Golden Eagles lead C-USA in assist-turnover ratio (1.6).