May 18, 2011
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Southern Miss men's basketball team will participate in the prestigious 2011 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout, an eight-team men's college basketball tournament to be played Nov. 23-26 at Sullivan Arena in Anchorage, Ak.
The field includes Alaska-Anchorage, UC-Irvine, Central Michigan, Dartmouth, Ohio Valley Conference regular season champion Murray State, New Mexico State and San Francisco. Last year, Murray State participated in the NIT, while San Francisco reached the quarterfinals of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament.
"We are pleased with the quality programs and competitive field we have assembled for 2011 Shootout," said Alaska-Anchorage Athletic Director Dr. Steve Cobb. "Along with a returning champion, there will be a great many storylines worth watching following this fall. We are proud to host this Alaska Thanksgiving tradition for its 34th year."
The first round will take place on Nov. 23-24. The Consolation Semifinals and Semifinals will be on Friday, Nov. 25. The tournament will conclude on Saturday, Nov. 26.
The Shootout is the longest running regular season college basketball tournament in the country, taking place every Thanksgiving since 1978.
This will be Southern Miss' first appearance in the Great Alaska Shootout, and just its second trip to Alaska. The Golden Eagles also participated in the 2005 BP Top of the World Classic in Fairbanks, Ak.
This is the second straight year that Southern Miss will participate in a non-exempt tournament. The Golden Eagles finished in second-place in last year's inaugural Cancun Governor's Cup.
Southern Miss is coming off a season that saw them finish 22-10 and reach the quarterfinals of the Conference USA Tournament.