Junior guard R.L. Horton.
Sept. 24, 2009
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Games against in-state foe Ole Miss and Vanderbilt highlight Southern Miss' 2009-10 men's basketball schedule, head coach Larry Eustachy announced Thursday.
The Golden Eagles will also play nine games against five teams that participated in last year's postseason. They will also play 14 home games over the course of the year.
The Golden Eagles travel to Ole Miss to face the Rebels on Dec. 5. It will be the third straight season that the teams will meet and the first time that Southern Miss will face Ole Miss in Oxford since the 1995-96 season. The game will also be shown on Fox Sports Net.
The Golden Eagles will open up 2010 on the road, when they travel to Vanderbilt for an afternoon tilt on Jan. 2. It will be just the second time that the two teams will meet on the hardwood, and the first time since Southern Miss defeated the Commodores in the 1987 National Invitation Tournament.
Southern Miss opens the season on the road for the first time since 2005-06 when they travel to Lafayette, La. to face UL-Lafayette, Nov. 14. It will be the first of two games this year with the Ragin' Cajuns.
The Golden Eagles will then open up the home slate on Nov. 17 when they host Loyola (N.O.). It is the second straight season that Southern Miss will open its' home schedule with the Wolfpack.
Southern Miss goes back on the road when they face Montana State, Nov. 21, in a return of last year's game in Hattiesburg, won by the Golden Eagles, 68-60.
Southern Miss returns home for two games, hosting crosstown rival William Carey (11/24), before facing Spring Hill (11/28).
Southern Miss will stay on the road to face South Alabama on Dec. 12 in Mobile, Ala., marking the 35th time that the teams will meet on the hardwood.
Southern Miss will then host the return game with Louisiana-Lafayette, Dec. 15.
The Golden Eagles will host the annual South Mississippi Christmas Classic, Dec. 21-23, in Gulfport, Miss. Southern Miss will face North Florida (12/21), Canisius (12/22) and New Orleans (12/23) in the three-day event.
Following the tournament, Southern Miss will host Dillard (12/30) in its final game of 2009, with its final non-conference game coming Jan. 12 against Cal-State Bakersfield.
The Black and Gold will travel a lot of miles with the start of Conference play, as they open C-USA action with six of their first nine games on the road. The Golden Eagles open play at Marshall on Jan. 5. It is the first time that they open conference play on the road since 2006-07.
The Golden Eagles will then face the first of five mirror games when they host perennial power Memphis on Jan. 9 before traveling to Memphis to face the Tigers on Feb. 27. Southern Miss will also have mirror games with UTEP, (Jan. 16 at UTEP, Feb. 24 at Southern Miss), UAB (Jan. 20 at UAB, Feb. 17 at Southern Miss), East Carolina (Jan. 23 at Southern Miss, Mar. 6 at ECU) and Tulane (Jan. 30 at Tulane, Mar. 2 at Southern Miss).
Southern Miss will also face host SMU on Feb. 2 before traveling to Houston on Feb. 6 and Tulsa on Feb. 10. The Golden Eagles will then host Rice (2/13) and UCF (2/20).
Southern Miss will take part in the Conference USA Tournament, March 10-13, at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Okla., marking the first time in five seasons that the tournament will not be held in Memphis.
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