Sept. 11, 2007
HATTIESBURG, Miss. -
Fourteen regular-season home games, including preseason No. 1 Memphis, UAB, UCF and UTEP, as well as a three-game classic at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Coliseum, a neutral site contest versus Ole Miss and road tilts at California and Alabama highlight the 2007-08 Southern Miss men's basketball schedule released today.
Four schools on the Southern Miss slate reached postseason play last season including Memphis (NCAA Elite Eight), Ole Miss (NIT Second Round), Alabama (NIT First Round) and South Alabama (NIT First Round).
"Our schedule this season presents some excellent challenges for us," fourth-year head coach Larry Eustachy said. "We still have a young team including six sophomores and five freshmen, and we continue to want our players to improve and get a chance to be successful.
"I am excited about the opportunity to have Ole Miss back on the schedule. It is good for the state to have two of its schools playing each other, and it certainly adds to the excitement of college basketball in Mississippi."
The Golden Eagles, which finished 20-11 last season, including a fourth-place tie in Conference USA with a 9-7 mark, open the season with a pair of exhibition contests at Reed Green Coliseum against Loyola of New Orleans (Nov. 2) and Lithuania Academy (Nov. 8).
Southern Miss opens the regular season, Nov. 12, when they entertain Belhaven College, before traveling out west to face California (Nov. 14). After a return home to take on William Carey (Nov. 20), the Golden Eagles travel to Tuscaloosa to face Alabama (Nov. 23) right after Thanksgiving.
The month of November ends with a home game against Blue Mountain (Nov. 29).
The Golden Eagles open the final month of 2007 in Mobile at South Alabama (Dec. 5), prior to a pair of home contests against Spring Hill (Dec. 8) and Alabama State (Dec. 15).
The Golden Eagles then finish their pre-Christmas slate with a three-day tournament dubbed the Mississippi Gulf Coast Classic (Dec. 18-20), which features Alcorn State, Louisiana Tech and New Orleans, and a home tilt against McNeese State (Dec. 22).
The first meeting between Southern Miss and Ole Miss since the 1994-95 season will take place on Dec. 28, in Southaven at the DeSoto County Civic Center. The Golden Eagles conclude their non-conference season at Savannah State (Jan. 4).
In league play, Southern Miss plays Memphis UTEP, UAB, East Carolina and Tulane both at home and on the road. Southern Miss also travels to Tulsa, Houston and Marshall, while entertaining UCF, Rice and SMU.
The league schedule begins Jan. 8 with UCF at Green Coliseum and concludes Mar. 8, at Marshall.
Following UCF, the Golden Eagles entertain Tulane (Jan. 12), before taking to the road to face UAB (Jan. 16) and Memphis (Jan. 19). The January portion of the ledger ends with a home game versus Rice (Jan. 26) and a road contest at UTEP (Jan. 30).
A two-game homestand featuring East Carolina (Feb. 2) and UAB (Feb. 5) start the February portion of the schedule, before a two-game trip to Tulsa (Feb. 9) and East Carolina (Feb. 16). SMU (Feb. 20) then comes to Green Coliseum before the Golden Eagles take to the road again to face both Tulane (Feb. 23) and Houston (Feb. 27).
Memphis opens the final month of regular season, March 1, and Southern Miss finishes the home portion of the slate with UTEP (Mar. 4). The regular season closes out at Marshall (Mar. 8) and the Conference USA tournament is slated for Mar. 12-15. The league tournament again takes place at the FedExForum in Memphis.
The complete schedule includes:
Nov. 2, Loyola-New Orleans (exh.); 8, Lithuania Academy (exh.); 12, Belhaven; 14, at California; 20, William Carey; 23, at Alabama; 29 Blue Mountain; Dec. 5, at South Alabama; 8 Spring Hill; 15, Alabama State; 18-20, at Mississippi Gulf Coast Classic; 22, McNeese State; 28 vs. Ole Miss; Jan. 4, at Savannah State; 8 UCF; 12, Tulane; 16, at UAB; 19, at Memphis; 26, Rice; 30, at UTEP; Feb. 2, East Carolina; 5, UAB; 9, at Tulsa; 16, at East Carolina; 20, SMU; 23, at Tulane; 27, at Houston; Mar., Memphis; 4, UTEP; 8, at Marshall; 12-15, Conference USA Championship (Memphis, Tenn.)