Southern Miss vs. Memphis: Full Game Preview

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Southern Miss vs. Memphis: Full Game Preview
Southern Miss
(21-6, 10-5 away)
(21) Memphis
(23-3, 16-1 home)
Venue: FedEx Forum
1:00PM ET / 10:00AM PT, February 23, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Southern Miss D Davis 14.4 J Mills 7.0 N Watson 4.9
Memphis J Jackson 13.8 D Stephens 6.8 J Jackson 4.7

No. 21 Memphis plays host to Southern Miss at FedEx Forum on Saturday. Tipoff is at 1 p.m. EST and it can be seen on FSN, MSG, ROOT-NW, PIT. The Tigers beat the Golden Eagles 89-76 on Feb. 9 and are 9-1 against them over the last four years.

Southern Miss is in second place in the C-USA and nipping at the heels of Memphis in first place.

The 22 points and 8 rebounds by Adonis Thomas helped the Tigers to an 81-74 victory over Houston on Feb. 20. He contributes 4.5 rebounds per game in addition to his 11.8 points per game. For the Golden Eagles, Daveon Boardingham finished with 8 points and 8 rebounds in the 45-39 win over Texas-El Paso on Feb. 20. He averages 7.8 points per game in addition to a team-best 1.1 blocks per game. From a tempo-free perspective, Southern Miss is strong in the following categories: offensive rebounding percentage at 41.4 percent and effective field goal percentage at 53.8 percent.

Southern Miss StatSmack

  • Shaq Goodwin is ranked 8th in C-USA in blocks.
  • Memphis has an average margin of victory of 13 over Southern Miss in 46 wins since 1980.
  • Memphis has a much better overall winning percentage over the last 10 years (79.9 percent to 56.8 percent).
  • Memphis has a better record on the road than Southern Miss this season (7-0 vs. 9-4).
  • Joe Jackson is ranked 5th in C-USA in assists and 4th in C-USA in steals.
  • Memphis has a stronger schedule than Southern Miss this season (SOS Rank: No. 94 vs. No. 108).
  • Obviously, AP Voters agree that Memphis is superior to Southern Miss (Latest AP Poll: No. 21 vs. Not Ranked).
  • The Memphis scoring leader (Joe Jackson, 357 points) has more points than the Southern Miss scoring leader (Dwayne Davis, 332 points).
  • Memphis has more wins over the last 5 years than Southern Miss (169 vs. 122).
  • That must sting. Memphis has blown out Southern Miss by 20 points or more on five occasions since 2001.
  • Memphis has been the favorite 29 out of the last 37 times.
USM Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B Dwayne Davis 28 14 4 2 1 0 3
C+ Jerrold Brooks 30 11 2 2 2 0 1
C+ Jonathan Mills 28 9 7 1 1 0 2
C+ Neil Watson 31 9 3 5 2 0 3
C+ Michael Craig 20 9 5 2 2 0 2
C D. Boardingham 19 8 4 0 1 1 1
C- Norville Carey 13 5 3 0 1 0 1
C- Rashard McGill 19 5 3 1 1 0 1
D+ Cedric Jenkins 14 5 1 1 1 0 1
D+ Deon Edwin 11 2 2 1 1 0 1
D+ Jamie Chapman 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
D+ C. Robbins 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
MEM Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B Joe Jackson 32 14 3 5 2 0 3
B Geron Johnson 27 11 4 3 2 1 3
B- D.J. Stephens 23 7 7 1 1 2 1
B- Adonis Thomas 28 12 4 2 1 1 2
C+ Shaq Goodwin 22 8 5 2 1 1 2
C+ Chris Crawford 26 8 4 3 1 0 2
C+ Tarik Black 19 9 5 0 1 1 1
C Antonio Barton 19 6 1 1 1 0 1
D+ Charles Holt 3 0 0 1 0 0 0
D+ Anthony Cole 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
D Damien Wilson 5 2 1 0 0 0 1
D Trey Draper 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
D Ferrakohn Hall 6 2 1 0 0 0 1
D Stan Simpson 7 2 1 0 0 0 1
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