Neil Watson leads Southern Miss against the ninth-ranked Cardinals.
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Southern Miss men's basketball team will travel to face No. 9/9 Louisville this Friday, November 29. Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m. CT and will be televised by ESPN3.
Southern Miss and Louisville will meet for the first time since 2005 and the 42nd time overall. The Cardinals hold a 30-11 record in the series. In games played at Louisville, UL holds an 18-3 record. All but two of the meetings came while the teams were members of the Metro Conference and Conference USA.
Southern Miss enters tonight's game with a 6-0 record. The Golden Eagles won their sixth straight game to open the season, 99-54, over William Carey last Sunday.
Junior forward Aaron Brown leads the Black and Gold with 11.7 points. He is connecting on 56.1-percent from the field. Senior guard Neil Watson is scoring 10.7 points and added 3.5 assists. Senior forward Daveon Boardingham is averaging 10.5 points and 5.2 rebounds. Senior forward Michael Craig is adding 9.8 points and a team-high 6.2 boards and senior guard Jerrold Brooks is averaging 9.2 points.
Southern Miss is averaging 74.0 points per game and is leading C-USA by allowing just 60.5. The Golden Eagles are connecting on 48.2% from the field and 38.6% from three while allowing just 41.1% from the floor and 32.1% from behind the arc. Southern Miss is also outrebounding its opponents, 34.5-to-29.5.
Louisville comes into tonight's game with a 5-1 record. The Cardinals are ranked ninth in both the Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Polls. UofL suffered its first loss of the year on Sunday to 19th-ranked North Carolina, 93-84. Senior guard Russ Smith is leading Louisville with 20.2 points and 3.5 assists. Junior guard Chris Smith is averaging 14.5 points and 3.2 assists. Sophomore forward Montrezl Harrell is averaging 12.5 points and a team-high 9.8 rebounds.
Louisville is averaging 84.7 points while allowing just 61.5. The Cardinals are connecting on 45.9-percent from the floor and 33.8% from three while allowing 41.0-percent from the field and 35.2-percent from three. UofL is also outrebounding their opponents, 40.2-to-35.3. Head coach Rick Pitino is in his 13th year as the head of the Louisville program, where he has a 315-112 (.738). In 39 years as a head coach, Pitino is 669-240 (.736).
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