|Brigham Young||T Haws 21.5||B Davies 7.9||M Carlino 4.6|
|Southern Miss||D Davis 16.3||J Mills 7.9||N Watson 4.9|
No. 1-seeded Southern Miss takes on No. 3-seeded Brigham Young in the quarterfinals of the NIT at Reed Green Coliseum on Wednesday. The game gets underway at 8 p.m. ET and you can see it on ESPN U.
The Golden Eagles got past Louisiana Tech 63-52 on Mar. 25 with the help of 13 points from Jerrold Brooks. While contributing 2.5 rebounds per game, he also scores 10.8 points per game. In a 90-71 blowout of Mercer on Mar. 25, Brandon Davies put up 26 points and 10 rebounds for the Cougars. With 7.9 rebounds per game and 1.0 blocks per game, he has team-best marks in both categories. The Four Factors in which Brigham Young stands out are turnover percentage at 17.0 and defensive rebounding percentage at 72.6.
Brigham Young StatSmack
- Conference USA had fewer blowout games in conference (meaning there is greater parity within the conference) than in the West Coast.
- The top-ranking players between the two conferences for rebounds, free throws made, and blocks are in Conference USA.
- Southern Miss is ranked higher than Brigham Young in their conference (No. 2 vs. No. 3).
- Southern Miss is a better three-point shooting team (38.7 percent vs. 33.5 percent) than Brigham Young this season.
- Southern Miss has a better conference record than Brigham Young this season (12-4 vs. 10-6).
- The Southern Miss three-point leader (Jerrold Brooks, 61 three-pointers) has more three-pointers than the Brigham Young three-point leader (Tyler Haws, 39 three-pointers).
- Southern Miss allows fewer rebounds (29.3 allowed per game vs. 34.9 allowed per game) than Brigham Young this season.
- Conference USA has 2 teams - Southern Miss (10.4) and Memphis (9.1) - that create more steals per game than the West Coast leader, Brigham Young (8.5).
- Southern Miss has a better record in close games than Brigham Young this season (8-2 vs. 5-3).
- Conference USA has had eight more NCAA Tournament teams than the West Coast over the past 10 years.