Men's Basketball Announces 2014-15 Schedule
Doc Sadler announced Friday afternoon.
The Golden Eagles play 11 non-conference games with six coming at Reed Green Coliseum.
"Our main objective when putting together our schedule was to make it exciting for our players and fans," said Southern Miss head coach Doc Sadler. "We wanted to have a balance between home and away games, and we were able to accomplish that. I think our fans will be very pleased with this challenging schedule as we all look forward to this upcoming basketball season."
Before the season starts, Southern Miss will host Mississippi College in an exhibition game on Nov. 6. It will be the first meeting between the two schools since 1965.
The Golden Eagles open the season at home for the fourth straight year when they host cross-town foe William Carey on Nov. 14. Southern Miss has won all eight previous meetings.
Southern Miss then hosts South Alabama on Nov. 17. It has won the last four meetings and 12 of the last 15. It will also be the first time that they host the Jaguars since 2010.
The Golden Eagles then travel to Tuscaloosa, Ala., to face Alabama on Nov. 20. It will be their first-meeting since 2007. It will also be the 16th consecutive season that Southern Miss faces a team from the SEC.
The Black and Gold then returns home to face Troy on Nov. 25. It is the first meeting between the teams since 2002. Southern Miss holds a perfect 12-0 record in a series that dates back to 1950.
The Golden Eagles close out November on the 30th when they travel to Philadelphia, Pa., to face Drexel. Last year, they defeated the Dragons, 66-49, in Hattiesburg.
Southern Miss begins December with a three-game homestand, beginning on the third against Summit League champion North Dakota State. Last year, the Golden Eagles handed the Bison their only home loss of the season, 70-69. The Black and Gold then host Rhode Island on Dec. 6. Last year, Southern Miss won, 77-64, in Kingston. Southern Miss ends the homestand on Dec. 13 when it hosts Spring Hill. It will be the first meeting between the teams since 2011. Southern Miss has won a school-record 18 straight games over the Badgers, dating back to 1966.
The Black and Gold then go on the road for three games, beginning with a date at Jackson State on Dec. 18. Last year, Southern Miss opened the season with a 67-51 victory over the Tigers.
The Golden Eagles then travel to Atlanta, Ga., to face Sun Belt regular season champion Georgia State on Dec. 21. Southern Miss has defeated GSU each of the last two years.
This year, Southern Miss will play 18 conference games, beginning on Jan. 3 when it hosts Louisiana Tech. It is the first time it begins the conference slate at home since 2012.
The Golden Eagles then travel to Texas for two games, first at UTSA on Jan. 8, before heading to El Paso to face UTEP (Jan. 10).
Southern Miss returns home for two games, first against Middle Tennessee on Jan. 15, followed by UAB on Jan. 17.
The Black and Gold then begins a two-game road trip, beginning with a game at Rice on Jan. 22. USM then travels to North Texas on Jan. 24.
USM returns home for a pair of games, beginning with Marshall on Jan.29. Southern Miss then hosts Western Kentucky on Jan. 31. It will be the first-ever meeting between the teams as conference foes.
The Golden Eagles take to the road when they travel to Murfreesboro, Tenn., to face Middle Tennessee on Feb. 5 before heading to UAB on Feb. 7.
Southern Miss then returns home for two games, beginning with FIU on Feb. 12. It will then host Florida Atlantic on the 14th.
Southern Miss goes on the road for two games when travels to Norfolk, Va., to take on Old Dominion on Feb. 19th. It then takes on Charlotte on Feb. 21st.
The Black and Gold return home when it faces UTSA on Feb. 26. The Golden Eagles will then host Senior Day against UTEP on Feb. 28.
The Golden Eagles close out the regular season on Mar. 7 when it travels to Ruston, La., to face Louisiana Tech.
Southern Miss will take part in the Conference USA Tournament, March 11-14, at the Birmingham-Jefferson Civic Center in Birmingham, Ala. It will be the second time that Birmingham will host the C-USA Tournament. It also hosted it in 1999.
Fans are asked to keep checking SouthernMiss.com as information on season tickets will be released in the coming weeks.