Sept. 26, 2013
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Eleven games against teams that participated in postseason play last year highlights Southern Miss' 2013-14 men's basketball schedule, head coach Donnie Tyndall announced Tuesday afternoon.
The Golden Eagles play 15 non-conference games with six coming at Reed Green Coliseum. They will also face seven opponents who had an RPI in the Top 100 in 2012-13.
"Last year, our non-conference schedule was one of the most challenging in all of college basketball," said Tyndall. "We feel like we backed that up this year. We have some great home games, as well as some difficult road contests, including traveling to defending national champion Louisville."
Before the season starts, Southern Miss will host two exhibition games. The Golden Eagles will host Slippery Rock on Oct. 29 before facing Truman State on Nov. 3. Both games will be the first-ever meeting against each opponent.
The Golden Eagles open the season at home for the third straight year when they host in-state foe Jackson State on Nov. 8. It is the first meeting between the two teams since 2002.
Southern Miss then plays five of its next six games on the road, beginning with a Nov. 13 date at DePaul. The game will be part of the 2013 NABC Hall of Fame Classic. It is also the first time the teams will meet since DePaul left Conference USA for the Big East following the 2005 season.
The Golden Eagles then travel to Fargo, N.D., to face North Dakota State on Nov. 18. It will be their first-ever game in North Dakota.
The Black and Gold then travels to Mobile, Ala. for the sub-regional of the NABC Hall of Fame Classic. It opens against host South Alabama on Nov. 22. Southern Miss has won the last three meetings and 11 of the last 14. The next day, Southern Miss will face Houston Baptist in their first meeting since 1975. The following day, Southern Miss closes out the regional when they return to Reed Green Coliseum to face crosstown foe William Carey.
The Golden Eagles close out November on the 29th when they travel to defending champion Louisville. It is the third time that Southern Miss will face the defending champions and the first time they will play Louisville since it left Conference USA following the 2005 season.
Southern Miss begins December with a three-game homestand, beginning on the fourth against Morehead State. Last year, the Golden Eagles knocked off MSU, 94-58, in Morehead. The Black and Gold then host Georgia State on Dec. 7. Last year, Southern Miss won, 69-67, in Atlanta. Southern Miss ends the homestand on Dec. 14 when it hosts St. Catherine College.
The Black and Gold will then go on the road for four games, beginning with a date at Sun Belt Conference Champion Western Kentucky on Dec. 18. Last year, Southern Miss opened the season with a 67-64, overtime victory over the Hilltoppers.
The Golden Eagles then travel to the British Virgin Islands for the BVI Tropical Shootout, Dec. 20-21. Southern Miss opens the tournament against Coppin State. The next day, it will face either Jacksonville State or Arkansas-Little Rock.
Southern Miss closes the road trip when it travels to Kingston, R.I., for their first-ever matchup with Rhode Island on Dec. 28. The Golden Eagles then return home to close non-conference play when it hosts Drexel on Jan. 3
For the second year in a row, the Black and Gold opens its conference slate on the road on Jan. 9 at North Texas. It is the first meeting between the two schools since 1989.
The Golden Eagles then travel to Tulsa, Okla., for the last meeting with Tulsa on Jan. 12.
Southern Miss returns home for two games, first against Rice on Jan. 16, followed by Louisiana Tech on Jan. 19. It will be the first time Southern Miss and Louisiana Tech will meet as conference foes since 1952 when they were both members of the Gulf States Conference.
The Black and Gold then begins a two-game road trip, beginning with a game at Old Dominion on Jan. 23. USM then travels to East Carolina for the final time on Jan. 25.
USM comes home for three games, beginning with Tulane on Feb. 1. The Golden Eagles then host Marshall on Feb. 7, followed by Charlotte on Feb. 9. It will be the first meeting between the two teams as conference foes since 2005.
The Golden Eagles take to the road when they travel to UAB on Feb. 13 before heading to Murfreesboro, Tenn., to take on Middle Tennessee State on Feb. 15.
Southern Miss then returns home for three games, beginning with UT-San Antonio on Feb. 20. It will then host UTEP on the 22nd, before hosting Florida International on Feb. 27 on Southern Miss' Senior Day.
Southern Miss closes the regular season with two road games, at Florida Atlantic (Mar. 2) and Tulane (Mar. 6).
Southern Miss will take part in the Conference USA Tournament, March 11-15, at the Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas.
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.