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Southern Miss to Face No. 21/19 Memphis on National Television

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Feb. 22, 2013

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Southern Miss travels to No. 21/19 Memphis this Saturday, February 23, in a battle of the top two teams in Conference USA. Tip-off is scheduled for 12 p.m. CT and will be nationally-televised by FoxSportsNet.

The Last Meeting
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Southern Miss76
February 9, 2013
Hattiesburg, Miss.
Southern Miss Falls To Memphis, 89-76
Memphis shot 55.9-percent from the field, as Southern Miss saw its 23-game home win streak snapped, falling 89-76, Saturday afternoon at Reed Green Coliseum.


Southern Miss and Memphis will meet for the 90th time in a series that dates back to 1938. The Tigers hold a 65-24 advantage and have won 19 of the last 20 meetings, including the last 12 in Memphis. In Memphis, the Tigers hold a 40-8 lead. Earlier this year, UM won, 89-76, in Hattiesburg.

Southern Miss comes into today's game with a 21-6 record, 10-2 in Conference USA. The Golden Eagles are coming off a 45-39 victory against UTEP on Wednesday night.

Junior guard Jerrold Brooks led all scorers with 13 points. Junior guard Neil Watson had 11 points and six rebounds and junior forward Daveon Boardingham had eight points and eight boards. Senior forward Jonathan Mills added seven rebounds.

Senior guard Dwayne Davis is leading the team with 13.8 points while pulling down 4.3 rebounds. Brooks is second on the team with 10.7 points. Watson is averaging 9.3 points and is second in Conference USA in steals (1.8), third in three-point field goal percentage (.438) and fourth in assists (5.0). Mills is scoring 8.9 points and grabbing a team-high 6.9 boards a game, including 3.4 offensive rebounds per game, which is third in C-USA.

Southern Miss is scoring 73.0 points per game but allowing just 59.8, which leads Conference USA. The Golden Eagles are shooting 48.3-percent from the floor and allowing its opponents to just 39.7-percent, which are first and second in the league, respectively. The Golden Eagles lead C-USA in three-point field goal percentage (.376), and are second in three-point field goal percentage defense (.319). Southern Miss is also outrebounding its opponents, 35.4-to-28.8. The Golden Eagles are also leading the league and are second in the country in steals with 11.0.

Head coach Donnie Tyndall is in his first season at the helm of the Southern Miss men's basketball program. Tyndall is 21-6 (.778) as head coach of the Golden Eagles. He has compiled a 135-91 (.597) record in seven years as a head coach.

Memphis enters today's game with a 23-3 record, 12-0 in Conference USA. The Tigers, who ranked 19th in the latest ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll and 21st in the Associated Press poll, are on a 17-game winning streak after defeating Houston, 81-74, Wednesday night.

Sophomore forward Adonis Thomas led Memphis with a game-high 22 points while grabbing eight rebounds. Junior forward Tarik Black had 15 points junior guard Joe Jackson had 11. Senior forward D.J. Stephens and junior guard Chris Crawford both recorded double-doubles. Stephens and 14 points and 10 rebounds and Crawford had 11 points and 13 boards.

Jackson leads Memphis with 13.7 points. He also leads Conference USA in three-point field goal percentage (.483), is fifth in assists (4.7) and seventh in field goal percentage (.539). Thomas is scoring 11.8 points. Junior guard Geron Johnson is scoring 10.9 points per game and is third in the league in steals (1.8). Stephens is leading the team with 6.8 rebounds while leading the league in blocked shots (2.3) and Black is tops in C-USA in field goal percentage (.678).

As a team, the Tigers are third in Conference USA in scoring with 75.1 points per game while allowing just 64.0. UM is connecting on 48.0% from the field, while the opposition is connecting on just 40.1%, which is second and third in C-USA, respectively. From three-point distance, the Tigers are connecting on 35.6%, and are allowing just 34.3%. Memphis is also outrebounding its opponents, 37.7-to-31.8. The Tigers also lead the league in blocked shots (6.5) and are second in assists (16.7) and steals (9.2).

Head coach Josh Pastner is in his fourth season at the helm of the Memphis men's basketball program, where he is 98-32 (.754).

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