Men's Basketball plays at WKU on Saturday afternoon
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. -- The Golden Eagles' first C-USA road trip of the year continues Saturday at 2 p.m. with a contest at WKU.
Fans can find the game on FOX College Sports, with only the WKU audio call being available on CUSA.tv. John Cox, the Voice of the Golden Eagles, will have the call on the Southern Miss IMG Sports Network (Rock 104.5 in Hattiesburg/Laurel).
– Southern Miss on Thursday night out-shot the vaunted Marshall offense (No. 11 nationally with 89.2 ppg) on its home floor, 49 to 46 percent, but the Herd had eight more free-throws and connected on 10 three-pointers to make up for the difference. It was the first loss for the Golden Eagles when out-shooting its opponent since a 72-71, overtime loss at Rice on Feb. 23.
– Last year’s meeting between these teams saw WKU race out to a 37-20 halftime lead that was simply too much to overcome in a 64-47 loss. The Golden Eagles held the Hilltoppers to just nine made field goals in the second half, including 2-of-13 from beyond the arc. It was a similar story in the previous Bowling Green meeting (March 3, 2016), as a 39-24 halftime margin was the difference in a 75-60 defeat.
– Davis III, playing his second full season after suffering serious injuries early in the previous two campaigns, is having his most efficient year yet. He is up to 66.7 percent shooting, and he has started seven consecutive games. Davis has taken far fewer three-point attempts than the previous season (one per 9.2 minutes compared to one every 27 minutes), and has even doubled his made percentage (.500 from .230).
– The hostile road environments this weekend will be nothing new for Tyree Griffin, who out of nine games away from Hattiesburg this season, has been held to fewer than five assists only once. In his final game at Oklahoma State as a sophomore (2015-16), he had 10 dimes against K-State in the Big 12 Tournament and just weeks before tallied a career-high 12 at No. 2 Kansas.
– Cortez Edwards has benefited the most from Griffin’s presence on the floor. Both remain true workhorses, ranking in the top-10 in the league for minutes played (35 mpg each), and Edwards has scored in double-figures 11 times this season. Edwards became a regular starter on Dec. 22, 2016 as a sophomore, and five of his seven 20-point games have come as a junior.
– D’Angelo Richardson has also provided much assistance in the backcourt. The walk-on guard and is Southern Miss’ only senior, and his start against the Herd was his first since Dec. 3 and fourth overall for his two-year career. Richardson is averaging 7.9 more minutes per game (22.9) this season while already coming within four steals of matching his junior year total.
– Last weekend, the Golden Eagles mimicked C-USA play with a Thursday-Saturday swing that was about as challenging as it gets. It began with a defeat at No. 24 Florida State and finished with a hard-fought battle in Jackson against (RV) Mississippi State, with those two teams combining for just two losses on the season.
– The Golden Eagles rank seventh in the country for fewest turnovers per game (10.1) and 17th in assist-turnover margin (1.49). Florida State is the only opponent that has won the turnover battle. In the first half against Marshall, Southern Miss forced 12 turnovers and turned it into a 16-7 advantage in points off those mistakes.
– Southern Miss recorded 13 steals at Marshall, its most against a Division I team in the Doc Sadler era. The squad also had 16 against Rust on Dec. 3. Edwards ranks second in the league with 2.2 per game for the season.