March 5, 2014
The Last Meeting
February 1, 2014
- The Southern Miss men's basketball teams will close out its 2013-14 regular season this Thursday, March 6, when it travels to New Orleans, La., to face Tulane. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. CT.
With a victory, the Golden Eagles would clinch a share of the Conference USA regular season championship. It would be just the fifth regular season championship in school history joining the 1950 and 1952 Gulf States, 1991 Metro and 2001 C-USA Championships.
Southern Miss and Tulane will meet for the 77th time. It is the second most games played against one opponent. The Green Wave leads the series, 40-36. However, Southern Miss has won the last eight meetings and 11 of the last 12. When played in New Orleans, Tulane leads, 23-13.
Southern Miss enters tonight's game with a 25-5 record and 12-3 in Conference USA. The Golden Eagles have won four straight after defeating Florida Atlantic, 60-49, Sunday afternoon.
Senior forward Michael Craig leads the team with 11.1 points and 7.4 boards, which is seventh in C-USA. He is also seventh in the league in field goal percentage, connecting on 57.9-percent from the floor. Senior forward Daveon Boardingham is averaging 11.1 points per game and is pulling down 4.7 rebounds per game. He is also connecting on 58.9-percent from the field, which is fourth in C-USA.
Senior guard Neil Watson is scoring 11.8 points. He leads Conference USA and is fourth in the country (as of Mar. 2) in free throw percentage, connecting on 93.3-percent from the charity stripe. He is also eighth in assists (4.1) and is ninth in steals (1.5). Junior forward Aaron Brown is scoring 9.7 points and senior guard Jerrold Brooks is adding 9.5 points.
Southern Miss is averaging 72.8 points per game and is leading C-USA in scoring defense, allowing just 62.7 points per game. The Golden Eagles are connecting on 46.4% from the field, which is second in the conference, and 34.5% from three while allowing 42.4% from the floor and 34.4% from behind the arc. Southern Miss is also outrebounding its opponents, 35.6-to-29.3, a rebound margin of +6.3, which is 17th in the NCAA (as of Mar. 2). The Black and Gold is second in the league and 16th in the country (as of Mar. 2) with 8.5 steals per game.
Tulane enters tonight's game with a 10 record and 8-7 in Conference USA. The Green Wave are coming off a 73-47 loss at FIU Sunday afternoon.
Sophomore guard Louis Dabney is sixth in Conference USA with 16.3 points and is 10th in minutes played (33.7). Freshman guard Jonathan Stark is averaging 14.3 points. He is also tops in the league in minutes (37.0) and seventh in assists (4.1). Junior guard Jay Hook is scoring 13.9 points. He leads C-USA in three-point field goal percentage (.480) while placing sixth in free throw percentage (.823). Junior forward Tre Drye leads the team with 7.2 rebounds per game and senior forward Kevin Thomas is eighth in C-USA in blocks (1.4).
Tulane is averaging 64.8 points and allowing 70.1. The Green Wave are connecting on just 41.3-percent from the floor and 34.9-percent from three and are allowing 44.3-percent from the field and 34.7-percent from three. TU is being outrebounded, 34.2-to-34.0. Tulane is also second in Conference USA in free throw percentage (.699).
Head coach Ed Conroy is in his fourth year as the head of the Tulane program, where he has a 64-62 (.508) record. In 11 years as a head coach, Conroy is 154-194 (.443).