Charleston Southern vs. Southern Miss: Full Game Preview

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Charleston Southern vs. Southern Miss: Full Game Preview
Charleston Southern
(19-12, 6-8 away)
Southern Miss
(25-9, 15-1 home)
Venue: Reed Green Coliseum
9:15PM ET / 6:15PM PT, March 20, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Charleston Southern S Nimley 15.7 P Gombwer 6.3 S Nimley 5.0
Southern Miss D Davis 16.4 J Mills 7.8 N Watson 4.9

No. 1-seeded Southern Miss battles No. 8-seeded Charleston Southern in the first round of the NIT at Reed Green Coliseum on Wednesday. It all starts at 9:15 p.m. ET and you can catch it on ESPN3.com.

The Golden Eagles fell 91-79 to Memphis on Mar. 16. Daveon Boardingham finished with 19 points and eight rebounds in the loss. On top of a team-high 1.3 blocks per game, he also scores 8.4 points per game. For the Buccaneers, Saah Nimley put up 18 points and five rebounds in the 87-76 loss to Liberty on Mar. 10. With 15.7 points per game and 5.0 assists per game, he has team-best marks in both categories. One category in which Charleston Southern is especially proficient is turnover percentage at 17.9, ranking second in their conference (and 68th nationally).

Charleston Southern StatSmack

  • Conference USA has 3 teams - Southern Miss (38.7 percent), Houston (37.4 percent), and Memphis (37.3 percent) - that shoot a better three-point percentage than the Big South leader, Liberty (37.3 percent).
  • The worst team in Conference USA has a higher RPI than the worst team in the Big South (No. 321 vs. No. 340).
  • Conference USA has a conference RPI that is better than the Big South (No. 11 vs. No. 30).
  • Conference USA has had 21 more NBA Draft picks than the Big South over the past 10 years.
  • Southern Miss has a better record on the road than Charleston Southern this season (9-6 vs. 6-8).
  • Conference USA has a much better non-conference game winning percentage than the Big South (62.6 percent vs. 40.0 percent).
  • Charleston Southern has been ducking Southern Miss for over 30 years.
  • Conference USA lost fewer non-conference blowout games than the Big South (11 vs. 22).
  • The best team in Conference USA has a much higher RPI than the best team in the Big South (No. 16 vs. No. 192).
CSU Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B Saah Nimley 33 16 5 5 1 0 3
C+ Arlon Harper 28 15 4 2 2 0 2
C Mathiang Muo 30 11 5 1 1 0 1
C Jeremy Sexton 29 10 3 1 1 0 2
C- Cedrick Bowen 19 8 4 1 1 0 1
C- Paul Gombwer 24 5 6 1 1 0 2
D+ Allie Fullah 17 4 4 0 1 1 1
D S. Strickland 13 4 1 1 0 0 1
D Malcolm Bernard 9 2 2 0 1 0 1
D Greg Dorleus 2 1 1 0 0 0 0
D Matt Kennedy 8 2 2 1 0 0 0
D Joe Williams 6 3 1 0 0 1 0
D- Mitchell Deter 3 0 1 0 0 0 0
USM Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B Dwayne Davis 29 15 5 3 1 0 3
B- Jonathan Mills 28 9 7 1 1 0 2
B- Neil Watson 32 10 3 5 2 0 3
B- Jerrold Brooks 30 11 2 2 1 0 1
C+ Michael Craig 20 9 5 2 2 0 2
C+ D. Boardingham 20 8 4 0 1 1 1
C Rashard McGill 19 5 3 1 1 0 1
C- Norville Carey 12 5 2 0 1 0 1
C- Cedric Jenkins 14 5 1 1 1 0 1
D+ Deon Edwin 10 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
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