East Carolina (16-10) at Southern Miss (21-7)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, March 2, 8 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Reed Green Coliseum (8,095) -- Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Television: None. Home Record: ECU 11-4, USM 10-1. Away Record: ECU 5-6, USM 9-6. Neutral Record: ECU 0-0, USM 2-0. Conference Record: ECU 7-6, USM 10-3. Series Record: Southern Miss leads, 14-7.
GAME NOTES: The Southern Miss Golden Eagles will play host to the East Carolina Pirates in a Conference-USA clash at the Reed Green Coliseum on Saturday night.
The Pirates most recently defeated SMU, 72-69. It was the second consecutive win and third in the last four games for East Carolina. The Pirates are now 2-0 in their current three-game road swing and look to close it out undefeated before heading home to host Tulane and Marshall to end the regular season. ECU has scored 70+ points in each of its last six games.
The Golden Eagles are coming off an 89-73 loss at 19th-ranked Memphis. The loss ended a three-game win streak for Southern Miss which will head to Marshall next before closing out its regular season action by hosting UCF next Saturday. After starting off conference play 7-0, the Golden Eagles have gone just 3-3 in their last six outings.
Southern Miss leads the all-time series 14-7 between these squads and has won that last nine straight meetings. The last two games have been decided in overtime with Southern Miss coming out on top, most recently with an 86-82 win just a couple weeks ago in Greenville.
In the win over the Mustangs, Akeem Richmond scored a career-high 29 points, while hitting on an efficient 9-of-14 shots from 3-point range. Miguel Paul and Paris Campbell added 11 points each, while Robert Sampson pulled down 11 rebounds and recorded four blocks.
Maurice Kemp is the Pirates' leading scorer with 17.8 ppg on over 50.0 percent shooting from the field, while also grabbing 7.7 rpg. Paul adds 12.8 ppg and Richmond manages 10.3 ppg having not started a single game this season and averaging just 17.0 minutes per game. Sampson is the top rebounder for ECU with 9.2 per game to go with his 9.5 ppg.
In the loss to the Tigers, Dwayne Davis supplied a career-high of his own with 28 points, while shooting 11-of-12 from the free-throw line for the Golden Eagles. Jerrold Brooks knocked down four 3-pointers in scoring 16 points and Jonathan Mills just missed a double-double with 11 points and nine rebounds. While the squad hit on 16-of-18 attempts from the charity stripe, it shot a poor 37.9 percent from the field against Memphis, which remains undefeated in conference play.
Davis is the Golden Eagles' top scorer this season, posting 14.4 ppg, while shooting 48.0 percent from the field. Brooks adds 10.9 ppg while Mills is the team's leading rebounder with 7.0 rpg. Southern Miss has the 18th best scoring margin in the nation (+12.1), proving the Golden Eagles are dominant on both ends of the court.
The Golden Eagles have lost just one of their 11 home games this season while the Pirates carry a losing record in away competition at 5-6. Southern Miss trails just Memphis in the conference standings and should make easy work of the Pirates in Hattiesburg.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Southern Miss 73, East Carolina 64
03/02 10:44:09 ET