Men's Basketball set for first road game Thursday at Michigan
HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- The Southern Miss men's basketball team has embarked on its trip north to take on Michigan, Thursday night at 6 p.m. CT.
Live video streaming of the action from historic Crisler Arena can be found with Big Ten Network Plus, a subscription-only platform. John Cox, into his 40th season as the Voice of the Golden Eagles, has the radio call on the Southern Miss IMG Sports Network (Rock 104.5 in Hattiesburg/Laurel), which can also be found via the Southern Miss Gameday app.
The Golden Eagles (1-0) are back home Monday at 7 p.m. to battle Blue Mountain, which tips off the Sanford Pentagon Showcase that features games Nov. 24-26 in Sioux Falls, S.D.
-- There was a fair amount of hype around transfer newcomers Tyree Griffin and Dominic Magee, and the pair lived up to it during their Southern Miss debut. Griffin was electric on all fronts, recording 21 points, 13 rebounds (both of those career-highs) to go along with five assists on 6-for-10 shooting. Both of his career double-doubles have come in back-to-back games, leading off with an 11-point, 10-assist outing versus Kansas State in the 2016 Big 12 Tournament.
-- Magee came off the bench and ultimately produced 16 free-throw attempts, the most by a Golden Eagle since Kourtlin Jackson in the 2016 finale. It translated into a 45-attempt night for Southern Miss at the charity stripe, a feat it hadn't accomplished since 2008.
-- Cortez Edwards, the top returner from the 2016-17 squad, made just one of his first five field goal attempts on Opening Night, but scored eight points in the second half. He now has 20 double-digit scoring games in his career, all beginning in his sophomore season.
-- The post will have a slightly-newer look for the Golden Eagles, and it showed against SUNO. Tim Rowe, a sophomore by eligibility, earned a medical redshirt after playing only eight games last year (broken foot). His 9.9 points and 6.4 rebounds were twice his freshman output (2015-16). He earned a starting nod in the opener and scored 10 points on 4-for-7 shooting. Rowe also had five consecutive double-figure scoring games to begin the 2016-17 campaign.
-- D'Angelo Richardson, a walk-on who serves a sixth-man role on the team, is the lone senior. The last Southern Miss team to have one or zero seniors was in 2006-07.
-- Last year, Southern Miss made its first C-USA Tournament since 2014, following a two-year postseason ban due to NCAA sanctions that head coach Doc Sadler's staff inherited. In each of his three years at the helm, Southern Miss has improved its C-USA win total. The Golden Eagles have nine scholarships this year and will add two more next season.
-- This is the first Big Ten team Southern Miss has faced since falling to Minnesota in the NIT quarterfinal on March 25, 2014. The last-such regular season game came on Dec. 7, 2002 at Iowa. Sadler also served at the helm of Nebraska's first Big Ten season (2011-12).
-- Michigan returns nine players from its Big Ten Tournament championship and Sweet 16 team from a year ago. The Wolverines are 2-0 with wins over North Florida and Central Michigan.