Marshall vs. Southern Miss: Full Game Preview
|Marshall||E Pittman 14.8||D Tinnon 9.2||D Kane 7.6|
|Southern Miss||D Davis 12.9||J Mills 6.7||N Watson 4.9|
On Wednesday, Southern Miss welcomes Marshall at Reed Green Coliseum. Tip-off is at 7:00 EST and you can see it on CSS. The Golden Eagles are 3-4 against the Thundering Herd over the last four years. They fell 73-62 on 3/9/2012, the last time they met.
Southern Miss is in 1st place in the conference, Marshall is in 4th place.
In a 74-59 dismantling of UAB on January 19th, Cedric Jenkins put up 13 points for the Golden Eagles. In addition to his 5.9 points per game, he is also chipping in 1.2 rebounds per game. For the Thundering Herd, DeAndre Kane finished with 22 points and 8 assists in the 77-56 blowout of East Carolina on January 19th. With 7.6 assists per game and 1.9 steals per game, he has team-best marks in both categories. A key area of strength for Marshall is offensive rebounding percentage at 39.2, which ranks 2nd in their conference (and 15th nationally).
- The Southern Miss steals leader (Michael Craig) has more steals than the Marshall steals leader (DeAndre Kane).
- Jerrold Brooks is ranked 6th in C-USA in three-pointers and 7th in C-USA in steals.
- Jonathan Mills is ranked 9th in C-USA in rebounds.
- Southern Miss has a better scoring defense (59.1 allowed per game vs 69.8 allowed per game) than Marshall this season.
- We just win. Southern Miss has more wins over the last 5 years than Marshall (111 vs 105).
- Even computers respect Southern Miss more. We have a better RPI this season than Marshall (RPI: #56 vs #217).
- Southern Miss allows fewer rebounds (29.6 allowed per game vs 37.4 allowed per game) than Marshall this season.
- Neil Watson is ranked 4th in C-USA in assists and 4th in C-USA in steals.
- You'll do better on next semester's exams, right? Southern Miss currently has a higher Academic Progress Rate (922 to 910) than Marshall, per the NCAA.
- It's only wins and losses, but Southern Miss has a better overall record than Marshall this season (10-4 vs 7-6).
- Southern Miss is better at defending the three (29.3% allowed vs 32.5% allowed) than Marshall this season.