Aug. 21, 2012
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Twelve games against teams that participated in postseason play last year highlights Southern Miss' 2012-13 men's basketball schedule, head coach Donnie Tyndall announced Tuesday afternoon.
The Golden Eagles play 15 non-conference games with five coming at Reed Green Coliseum. They will also face seven opponents who had an RPI in the Top 100 in 2011-12.
"Our schedule this year is a very tough one," said head coach Donnie Tyndall. "We only have three of our first 13 games at home. We will be playing some great opponents in our non-conference schedule, as we travel to Georgia, Arizona, New Mexico State, Louisiana Tech, Wichita State and Morehead State. This year's schedule will be very challenging, and our staff and our players are ready to embrace it as it prepares us for a tough conference slate."
Before the season starts, Southern Miss will host two exhibition games. The Golden Eagles will host St. Catharine's College on Nov. 1 before facing the University of Charleston (W.V.) on Nov. 6. Both games will be the first-ever meeting against each opponent.
The Golden Eagles open the season at home for the second straight year when they host Sun Belt Conference champion Western Kentucky on Nov. 10. Southern Miss is looking for its first-ever victory in the series, as the Hilltoppers have won the previous three meetings, most recently in 2002.
Southern Miss then plays 10 of its next 12 games on the road, beginning with a Nov. 15 date at Georgia. The game will be part of the 2012 Legends Classic. It is the first meeting between the two schools since 1975, and just the third overall, with the Bulldogs taking the previous two. It is also the 14th straight season that USM will face a team from the SEC.
The Black and Gold then travels to Huntsville, Texas for the sub-regional of the Legends Classic. It opens against host Sam Houston State on Nob. 19. The teams have split the previous two meetings, with SHSU winning in 2005 before USM won in 2006. The next day, Southern Miss will face UC-Irvine for the second straight year, as it won, 78-67, in the first round of last year's Great Alaska Shootout. The Golden Eagles close the tournament the following night against Liberty in the team's first-ever meeting.
The Golden Eagles return to Reed Green Coliseum on Nov. 27, when it welcomes Denver. They will be looking for their first win in the series, with the Pioneers winning the previous three, including last year's 59-52 victory in Denver.
Southern Miss begins December with a three-game road trip, beginning on the first at WAC Champion New Mexico State. Last year, the Golden Eagles swept the season series from the Aggies, winning, 80-72, in the semifinals of the Great Alaska Shootout, before taking a 74-66 decision a week later in Hattiesburg.
The Black and Gold will then face Arizona for the first time in school history on Dec. 4. USM is looking for its third straight victory over the Pac-12, having defeated Arizona State last year and Cal in 2010-11.
The Golden Eagles then travel to Ruston, La., for a date with Louisiana Tech on Dec. 8. It is the first regular season game at Louisiana Tech since 1982. Last year, Southern Miss won, 78-62, in Hattiesburg.
Southern Miss will take a week off for exams before they welcome Grambling State to Reed Green Coliseum on Dec. 15. It is just the second meeting between the two schools, with USM taking the first one, 70-52, in the 1996 Iowa Super Chevy Shootout.
Southern Miss goes back on the road for three games, beginning with a Dec. 18 date at Georgia State. It is the first meeting at GSU since 1982. Southern Miss leads the series, 5-3.
The Black and Gold then travels to Missouri Valley Conference regular season champion Wichita State on Dec. 22. The game will be played off-campus at INTRUST Bank Arena.
Coach Tyndall closes the road trip by making his return to Morehead State on Dec. 28. It is the first meeting between the two schools since 1994. MSU leads the series, 5-2, with the Golden Eagles looking for their first-ever victory at Morehead State.
USM closes out 2012 with a New Year's Eve date with crosstown rival William Carey. This is the first meeting between the schools since 2009, with the Golden Eagles winning the previous six, all at Reed Green Coliseum.
The Golden Eagles finish its non-conference slate on January 3 when it hosts Dillard. USM won the only other meeting, 87-55, in 2009.
The Black and Gold opens its conference slate on Jan.9 on the road at Rice. It is the first time since 2010 that it opens Conference USA play on the road. Southern Miss has won five of the last six meetings over the Owls.
The Golden Eagles then return home for a game against Houston on Jan. 12 before heading back on the road at SMU on Jan. 16.
Southern Miss returns home for two games, first against UAB on Jan. 19, followed by Marshall on Jan. 23. The Black and Gold then begins a three-game road trip, beginning with a game at Tulsa on Jan. 26. USM returns the date at UAB on Feb. 2 before closing the road trip at UCF (Feb. 6).
USM comes home for two games, beginning with Memphis on Feb. 9. Last year, Southern Miss snapped an 18-game losing streak to the Tigers with a 75-72 victory at Reed Green Coliseum. USM then hosts Tulane on Feb. 13.
The Golden Eagles take to the road when they travel to East Carolina on Feb. 16 before hosting UTEP on the 20th. Southern Miss closes February at Memphis on the 23rd.
Southern Miss begins the month of March with a home date against East Carolina on the 2nd before traveling to Marshall on the 6th.
The Black and Gold closes the season at home for the first time in three years when it hosts UCF on March 9.
Southern Miss will take part in the Conference USA Tournament, March 13-16, at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Okla.
For information regarding men's basketball season tickets, fans are asked to call 1-800-844-TICK (8425) or go by the Pat Ferlise Center anytime Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m., until 5 p.m.
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