Sept. 15, 2010
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Games against in-state foe Ole Miss, California and former Conference USA foe South Florida, including a nationally televised in-season tournament, highlight Southern Miss' 2010-11 men's basketball schedule, head coach Larry Eustachy announced Wednesday.
The Golden Eagles will also play 14 games against 11 teams that participated in postseason play last year and 15 home games over the course of the season.
The Golden Eagles play 14 non-conference games, including at least five games against teams that made postseason play last season. Half of their non-conference games will be played at Reed Green Coliseum. They will also face six opponents who had an RPI in the Top 100 in 2009-10.
Before the season starts, Southern Miss will host cross-town rival William Carey in an exhibition game on Nov. 4. The teams had met six of the previous seven years, with the Black and Gold winning all six games.
The Golden Eagles open the season away from home for the second straight year when they travel to Big East foe South Florida to face the Bulls on Nov. 12. It will be the first time the teams will meet since USF left Conference USA following the 2004-05 season. The Bulls, who had an RPI of 83 last year, are also coming off an appearance in the NIT and will return the game, coming to Hattiesburg in 2011.
Southern Miss will then return to Hattiesburg for four straight home games. It will open the homestand on Nov. 17 against South Alabama. Last year, the Eagles snapped a three-game losing streak to the Jaguars, defeating USA, 66-54, in Mobile.
The Eagles then renew a series with McNeese State on Nov. 22. After facing each other the previous five years, the teams failed to play last year.
The Black and Gold then hosts Spring Hill on Nov. 27. It will be the 66th meeting between the two schools, the fifth most games against one opponent for the Eagles.
Southern Miss closes out the homestand with the first of three games against in-state opponents when it welcomes Alcorn State to Reed Green Coliseum on Dec. 1.
The Golden Eagles will then go on the road for six straight games, first traveling to Oxford for the second straight year on Dec. 4 to face Ole Miss in a game that will be televised on ESPNU. It is also the first of a possible two meetings with the Rebels. It will be the fourth straight season that the teams will meet. Ole Miss is coming of a trip to the NIT Final Four. Southern Miss looks to avenge a last second, 81-79 loss at Ole Miss last year.
The Black and Gold then goes on the road for five games, beginning with a two-game swing in California. They open the swing on Dec. 11 at Cal State-Monterey Bay. The next day, they travel to Berkeley to face Pac-10 regular season champion California (22).
The Golden Eagles then take 10 days off for exams before heading to Cancun, Mexico to play in the inaugural Cancun Governor's Cup, Dec. 22-24. Southern Miss opens the tournament against Atlantic Sun Champion East Tennessee State. It will be the first meeting between the two schools since 1992.
The next day, Southern Miss will play Northeastern (77) or former Conference USA foe Saint Louis (80). Northeastern is coming off a trip to the NIT, while Saint Louis participated in the CBI, making it to the championship series. The final game of the tournament will come against Appalachian State (93), Colorado State, Ole Miss or Texas State. The semifinals of the winner's bracket will be televised on ESPNU, while the consolation and championship game will be televised on ESPN2.
Southern Miss closes its non-conference slate on Dec. 29-30 when it hosts the Hardwood Club Holiday Tournament at Reed Green Coliseum. Savannah State and Southeastern Louisiana opens the tournament on the 29th, followed by Southern Miss against Mississippi Valley State. The consolation and championship will be played on the 30th.
USM could schedule another non-conference game at a later date.
The Golden Eagles opens their conference slate on Jan. 5 at home against C-USA Champion Houston. It is the third time in the last four years that they will open conference at home.
The Golden Eagles will then go on the road for two games when they travel to Marshall on Jan. 8 before heading to Rice on Jan. 12.
Southern Miss returns home for two games, first against UCF on Jan. 15, followed by perennial power Memphis on Jan. 19. The Black and Gold go back on the road for two games, beginning with a game in Dallas against SMU on Jan. 22, followed by a Jan. 26th date at East Carolina. The Eagles close out January with a home date with traditional rival Tulane on the 29th.
USM opens February on the 2nd at rival UAB before returning home for a date with Marshall on Feb. 5.
The Golden Eagles then travel to Memphis for a nationally-televised game with the Tigers on Feb. 12. The meeting between the two schools will be televised on either ESPN or ESPN2.
Southern Miss comes home for two games, beginning with Conference USA regular season champion UTEP on Feb. 16 followed by East Carolina on the 19th.
The Black and Gold closes with two of three games on the road, first traveling to UCF on Feb. 26 before returning home for Senior Day on March 2 against UAB. Southern Miss closes the regular season on March 5 at Tulsa.
Southern Miss will take part in the Conference USA Tournament, March 9-12, at the Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas.
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