Men's Basketball begins Texas Two-Step Thursday in San Antonio
HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- Southern Miss Men's Basketball will begin its final regular-season road trip of the season Thursday night (7 p.m. CT) at UTSA.
Fans can catch the live video action on CUSA.tv, while John Cox will have the call on the Southern Miss IMG Sports Network (Rock 104.5 in Hattiesburg/Laurel) and USM Gameday app.
-- Southern Miss won the first battle between these teams, 93-83, on Jan. 6 in Reed Green Coliseum. Kevin Holland went 8-for-8 from the field, including 7-for-7 from beyond the arc, to tie school records in both. Only Marcus Crowell in 1990 versus UL Lafayette (10-for-10) has gone perfect on at least eight tries. Neil Watson also had a 7-for-7 three-point game on March 2, 2013 versus ECU.
-- UTSA shot a coliseum opponent-record 44 three-pointers in that contest, making 13 of them. The Roadrunners got within single-digits at the 2:46 mark, its first time doing so in over 10 minutes. The Golden Eagles, however, made 14 of their final 16 free-throw attempts to close the game out. In addition to Holland's 23 points, Cortez Edwards added 20, Dominic Magee had 18 and Tyree Griffin posted 16. The home team has won every head-to-head meeting in the series.
-- Southern Miss' last game saw UAB shoot 63 percent (including 15-for-15 on second-half free-throws) to take an 87-69 win. On Thursday, the Golden Eagles were tied with first-place Middle Tennessee with 7:15 left before falling 72-62.
-- Before this past four-game homestand, Southern Miss picked up its first C-USA road win of the season with a 77-66 defeat of Florida Atlantic on Feb. 3. The Golden Eagles led 38-21 at the half, went 8-for-12 on three-pointers and posted 32 free-throw attempts.
-- The Golden Eagles need one more league win to continue the trend of Doc Sadler improving the team's C-USA win total in each season he has been at the helm (3-5-6-6). The 13 overall victories are the most by a Golden Eagle team since the 2012 NCAA Tourney squad, and the Black and Gold have clinched a spot in the C-USA Championships, March 7-10 in Frisco, Texas.
-- With at least four games remaining, Griffin already has 168 assists (sixth-most in single-season history). With 10 more dimes, he will have the most by a Golden Eagle since Dallas Dale's 222 in the 1991-92 season. Griffin is currently No. 12 against C-USA foes for scoring (15.7 ppg), fifth in assists (6.2 apg) and third in steals (2.2 spg).
-- Edwards now has 840 points for his career. He is seeking to become the 37th member of Southern Miss' 1,000-point club, and the first to have played under Sadler. Neil Watson was the most recent addition (1,157 points from 2011-14). Edwards has five double-doubles on the year, and nine for his career, while being held to single-digit points just three times on the season.
-- This year's team is averaging 71.2 ppg, the highest of any of Sadler's four years at the school. Southern Miss is also ranked third in C-USA for steals (6.9 per game), and its 200 for the year is not only the most of the Sadler era, but also 18 away from cracking the Top-10 in school history.
-- UTSA has won five of its last six games, including home wins over Marshall and WKU. Despite its backcourt shooting emphasis (league-high 381 three-point attempts in C-USA games), the Roadrunners' 40 rebounds per game leads the pack.
-- Southern Miss ranks third and seventh nationally for fewest turnovers per game (9.6) and assist-turnover ratio (1.59). Florida State, FIU and ODU 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 have posted a positive assist-turnover ratio in each of their last nine games.