March 16, 2014
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - After winning its first regular season Conference USA championship for the first time since 2001, Southern Miss has earned a third-seed in this year's National Invitation Tournament.
The Golden Eagles will host sixth-seed Toledo (27-6), the Mid-American regular season champion, this Wednesday, Mar. 19 at 7:30 p.m. CT. The game will be broadcast on ESPN3.
If USM were to defeat the Rockets, it would face the winner of No. 2 Missouri (18-15) and No. 7 Davidson (26-6).
This will be Southern Miss' second straight appearance in the NIT, and the 10th overall. The Golden Eagles have an 8-8 record all-time in the NIT.
This will be the first-ever meeting between Southern Miss and Toledo.
The Rockets come into the tournament having won four of their last five games. Toledo fell in the Championship Game of the Mid-American Tournament, 98-77, to Western Michigan.
Tickets go on sale immediately on SouthernMissTickets.com. All chairback, courtside/floor seats, and bleachers will be reserved and the student section will be general admission. Tickets are priced at $20 for courtside/floor, $15 for chairbacks, $10 for adult bleachers, and $5 for youth bleachers and student GA tickets. Season ticket holders will have until 9:00 p.m., Monday, March 17th to purchase their same seats for the NIT game on Wednesday, March 19th at 7:30 p.m.
The Pat Ferlise Center ticket office hours will be 8:00am-6:30pm Monday and Tuesday. Wednesday the office hours will be 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. and Reed Green Coliseum operations will open at 5:00 p.m. through halftime. All Will-Call will be at the main box office outside the North Entrance of the Coliseum.
Please be aware that 2013-14 Basketball Parking passes will be valid for any home 2014 NIT contest. Also note that NO MSHAA passes will be accepted for this NCAA event.