Tulane (16-8) at Southern Miss (18-6)
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DATE & TIME: Wednesday, February 13, 8 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Reed Green Coliseum (8,095) -- Hattiesburg, Mississippi.
Television: None. Home Record: Tulane 13-2, USM 8-1. Away Record: Tulane 2-6,
USM 8-4. Neutral Record: Tulane 1-0, USM 2-1. Conference Record: Tulane 4-5,
USM 7-2. Series Record: Tulane leads, 40-34.
GAMES NOTES: The Southern Miss Golden Eagles will try to stop the bleeding and
keep pace at the top of the Conference USA standings when they take on the
Tulane Green Wave at Reed Green Coliseum on Wednesday night.
Tulane is trying to drag itself back into contention in the C-USA after having
posted back-to-back wins for the first time in league play. The Green Wave are
16-8 overall but have been a disappointing 4-5 in league play. Tulane is just
2-6 on the road this season but will return home to host SMU in its next bout.
After sprinting out of the gates with wins in its first seven league tilts,
part of a 10-game winning streak overall, Southern Miss has stumbled of late
with back-to-back losses to UCF and Memphis. Those teams are the top tier of
the C-USA right now with the Tigers undefeated in league action, while
Southern Miss and the Knights are both tied at 7-2 for second place. Southern
Miss boasts an impressive 18-6 overall record and its success at home (8-1) is
well documented. The Golden Eagles will take a trip to face East Carolina next
The last time Tulane earned a victory against Southern Miss was during the
2009 campaign. The Golden Eagles have won six straight since then and nine of
the last 10. Even so Tulane still leads the all-time series, 40-34.
Though Tulane trailed by 19 points at one time against Houston, the Green Wave
rallied for an 88-85 win. Ricky Tarrant (27 points), Kendall Timmons (22
points) and Josh Davis (21 points, 12 rebounds) each put up some gaudy numbers
in the victory in which Tulane scored 22 points off turnovers and had a 16-6
edge in second chance points.
Tulane has gotten hot offensively during its small winning streak, averaging
89.5 points per game during the two contests. That is far beyond what the
Green Wave has done on average this season. Tulane is scoring 66.8 points per
game and shooting the second worst percentage from the field (.413) among C-
USA teams. A lot of that has to do with the lack of ball movement for Tulane
on the offensive side as it has handed out the fewest assists (10.7 pg) in the
league. Tulane does hold foes to 61 points per game though. Big numbers from
Davis (17.5 ppg, 10.0 rpg) and Tarrant (15.4 ppg) have come to be expected
even though Tarrant is shooting just 36.5 percent from the field. Davis is the
league's top rebounder and second best scorer and the only player in the
conference to be averaging a double-double for the season.
Southern Miss had trouble slowing down Memphis in its loss on Saturday. The
Golden Eagles allowed the Tigers to hit 66.9 percent of their shots from the
floor, including 9-of-19 from beyond the arc as they wasted a 25-point
outburst from Dwayne Davis.
The Golden Eagles still showed how efficient they can be on offense in the
losing effort as the conference's best shooting team (.486) knocked in 47.7
percent of their shots from the field. Southern Miss is just fourth in the
league in scoring (73.7 ppg) but has largely been far ahead of its foes by
holding them to 59.7 points per game on 39.7 percent shooting. Davis (13.4
ppg) is the top scoring threat for the Golden Eagles who have a bit more
scoring balance than Tulane with six players scoring at least eight points per
game. Jerrold Brooks (10.5 ppg) stands in as the second option as well as the
only other player in double figures. Neil Watson (9.1 ppg, 5.0 apg) and
Jonathan Mills (9.0 ppg) each shoot better than 47 percent from the field
while giving healthy contributions in assists and rebounds, respectively.
For Southern Miss a win is desperately needed if it wants any hope of
challenging Memphis for the C-USA regular season crown. The Golden Eagles will
certainly be given a tough test from Davis and Tarrant but should be able to
weather the storm.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Southern Miss 74, Tulane 67
02/13 10:36:19 ET
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