Monday, December 16, 2013

Notes from 12/16

Few quick notes that I want to blog about

Western Kentucky has 2 transfers that have now been ruled eligible (they were actually eligible for WKU's previous game against Louisville). The two players are Trency Jackson (who originally enrolled at USM) and Chris Harrison-Docks. Those two combined for 16 points against the Cardinals on Saturday. The Eagles play WKU on Wednesday in Bowling Green, KY.

Joe Lunardi released his first bracketology in over a month today and has USM as a #13 seed playing Kansas in San Antonio. Drexel is a #12 seed (USM OOC opponent) and North Dakota State is a #13 seed (another USM OOC opponent). Still really early though to put any credibility in these projections. (Link to bracket - http://espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball/bracketology)

Tonight's only CUSA game is New Orleans @ UTEP. Tim Floyd used to coach for the Privateers in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

St. Catherine's recap and CBB/CUSA notes

Not much to say about this game. We were able to easily win over a weak non-D1 opponent by 35+ points. That being said, we didn't play too well in the 1st half and St. Catherine's kept it pretty close for a little while in the 1st half until we pulled away in the 2nd half. USM got a solid game from Boardingham, 23 points and 4 boards. Matt Bingaya also made an impact by adding 19 points. Next up is a game at Western Kentucky on Wednesday. Could be a tricky game as WKU is undefeated at home this season (however, it should be noted that their home schedule as of now is very weak).

CBB/CUSA notes

Rough day for C-USA. The only two wins in the conference were both against weak teams (ECU beat NC A&T and USM beat St. Catherine's).

LaTech lost to Oklahoma State in an early game today. Bulldogs kept it kinda close for a little while but OklaSt pulled away late.

Florida Atlantic nearly pulled off an upset at Maryland but fell short 66-62. Owls showing some improvement over the last few games.

Tulsa fell 101-91 to Oklahoma. Sooners outscored the Hurricane 34-19 at the FT line.

Middle Tennessee lost to Ole Miss in Oxford by 9. The Blue Raiders were only down by 3 with under a minute but Marshall Henderson nailed a 3 with about 30 seconds left to seal it for the Rebels.

Marshall was defeated by West Virginia (by 10) at a neutral site game in Charleston, WV. Not a great loss for the Herd as the Mountaineers aren't that good this year.


Thursday, December 12, 2013

Notes from this week

Not much going on in college basketball the few past days (finals week) but I do have a few blurbs that I want to blog about.

North Dakota State went to South Bend and beat Notre Dame. Big win for the Bison as the Irish are probably a NCAA Tourney team. NDSU will play @ Ohio State and the Bison are in the top 50 RPI....for now.

USM had a OOC opponent and a conference opponent play each tonight (DePaul/FAU). Blue Demons won by 11.

The BVI Tropical Shootout will be played after there were some concerns of it being possibly being cancelled. The field consists of USM, Jacksonville State, MS Valley State, and Coppin State. Not a great field but a format like this hopefully gets us ready for the CUSA Tourney in March. Norville Carey (born/raised in the Virgin Islands) will be playing in front of a hometown crowd.

Interesting weekend in CUSA: Marquee matchups include: LaTech vs Okie State (in OKC), Middle Tennessee at Ole Miss, Tulsa @ Oklahoma, WVU @ Marshall.

Other games of note: North Dakota State @ Ohio State, WKU @ Louisville

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Southern Miss wins OT thriller over Georgia State

Southern Miss came back from five down with a minute to go and beat Georgia State 75-65 in OT. USM finished the 1st half on a 11-0 run after trailing 24-21 at one point in the 1st half. Georgia State had a flagrant foul called on them followed by a technical foul called on GSU coach Ron Hunter. Those two events contributed a lot to the 11-0 run. At one point, the Golden Eagles led by 11 points (early in the 2nd half) but Georgia State rallied and took the lead with 3:07 left in the game. The Panthers eventually took a 59-54 lead after RJ Hunter made a long 2-pointer as the 35 second shot clock expired with 56 seconds left in the game. USM had a chance to tie the game, down 3 with 10 seconds left. Jerrold Brooks had a good look at a 3 but he missed. Michael Craig got the key offensive rebound then passed it to Neil Watson on the baseline who knocked down a 3 pointer to send the game to OT. In OT, USM was able to play solid basketball and they out-scored GSU 14-4 in the overtime period. Overall, Southern Miss didn't their best basketball for the majority of the game and was still able to come away with a win. I'll take the W, no matter how ugly it looked.

CBB/CUSA notes

Not much happening in CUSA today. The marquee game of the day in the conference was probably Marshall @ Penn State. The Herd lost 90-77.

FIU was able to rebound from their embarassing loss to Nova Southeastern, the Golden Panthers beat Florida Gulf Coast 72-61 today.

Rice beat South Alabama 94-91 in 3OT. Good win for the Owls.

UAB survived a road scare at Northeastern. Blazers won 74-69.

North Dakota State went on the road and beat Bryant 66-62. Bryant is a top team in the NEC (Northeastern Conference).



Friday, December 6, 2013

Georgia State preview and CBB/CUSA notes

Need to start this post by sending my thoughts and prayers to the friends and family of M.K. Turk. Great coach and ambassador for the University of Southern Mississippi. A man who truly loved Southern Miss. RIP.

(I included some articles on MK, at the bottom of this blog post)

Georgia State Preview

Georgia State is coming to Hattiesburg tomorrow and they're coming in with a 3-5 record. However, two of those wins were against non-D1 foes. Their lone D1 win came against McNeese State at a neutral site. The Panthers are lead by Ryan Harrow (transfer from Kentucky who originally committed to NC State. He was a 5-star out of HS, according to Rivals). Harrow has contributed significantly to GSU so far, as he leads the team with 18.1 points a game. RJ Hunter (son of the GSU head coach, Ron Hunter) is a another key player for the Panthers, he has averaged 15.4 points through the first 8 games of the year. Last year, Hunter was able to play very well against USM by scoring 24 points and making six 3 pointers. This is the second game of a home-home series between USM and Georgia State. USM had to come back from an 11 point deficit to get the win last year in Atlanta (the Eagles won the game 69-67). In my opinion, Georgia State has too much talent on their team to struggle for all of the 2013-2014 season, and they should likely improve as the year progresses. However, I think USM will win by a comfortable margin, as GSU appears to be in an early season slump.

Prediction: Southern Miss 78, Georgia State 62

CBB/CUSA Notes

Marshall lost to Vandy in Nashville on Thursday by 2. The Herd made a rally late in the game but it wasn't enough to get the win.

Games that interest me today: South Alabama @ Rice, Marshall @ Penn State, ND State @ Bryant, and Florida Gulf Coast @ FIU

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As promised, here are various MK Turk articles that I found online today.

From Rick Cleveland of the MS Sports Hall of Fame - http://msfame.com/news-updates/people-sound-off-on-the-great-m-k-turk/

Another article from Rick Cleveland: http://msfame.com/news-updates/m-k-turks-legacy-at-usm-still-amazes/

From Scott Walker of WDSU News in New Orleans: http://scottwalkertv.com/2013/12/06/remembering-mk-turk/


Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Southern Miss beats Morehead State 74-60

**Note: shortened recap because I'm on my phone. My apologies**

USM got a solid home win against Morehead State at Reed Green Coliseum tonight. MSU struggled at times with our full-court press and they ended up with 24 turnovers as a result. So, a pretty solid effort from our defense tonight. Neither team shot that well but USM was able to make 21 of 31 free throws compared to Morehead making 14 of 29 free throws. Neil Watson lead the Golden Eagles in scoring with 19 points (he made three 3-pointers). Morehead was able to out-rebound the Golden Eagles 38-26 but USM was able to overcome that stat for an impressive 14 point win. Next up for USM is a home game against Georgia State on Saturday.

CBB/CUSA notes from Tuesday

Pretty rough 2 days for CUSA. Tonight Charlotte lost at home to Davidson (who is not as good as they usually are) and Louisiana Tech lost to UL-Lafayette in Ruston. Bad losses for teams that are supposed to be compete for a CUSA title.

MTSU lost by double-digits to Belmont at home yesterday. Belmont is good but it was a solid opportunity for MTSU to get a top 75 OOC win.

North Texas was blown out by BYU (30 point loss) in Provo, yesterday.

FIU now holds the worst loss for CUSA in OOC play. They lost yesterday to D2 Nova Southeastern by 18 points.

FAU (who I thought was the worst team in CUSA along with UTSA) won against UCF at home yesterday by 11. Pretty big upset.

UNC beat #1 Michigan State on the road tonight. UAB beat the Tar Heels on Sunday.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Morehead State preview and CBB/CUSA notes from Sunday/Monday

Morehead State preview

The Morehead State Eagles are coming to RGC and Hattiesburg on Wednesday. They're 7-3 and two of their 3 losses came to #18 UCLA and Xavier (both on the road). The other loss came to Gardner-Webb at a neutral site in OT. None of their wins are that great (so far, a win at a below-average Nevada squad is Morehead's best win of 2013). MSU (Morehead State University NOT Mississippi State University) is coming off a 5 point win against Wright State at home in a game that was played on Monday. Obviously, the major storyline of this game is Donnie Tyndall coaching against his alma mater. Last year, USM beat MSU 94-58 on the road in Tyndall's return to Morehead, KY. Sean Woods is the coach of Morehead State and was actually a candidate for the USM coaching job when it opened up in 2012. MSU will present a challenge to USM on defense (they like to push the tempo and have averaged 78 points through their first 10 games) but I think we will be able to rebound after the Louisville disappointment and get the W.

Prediction: Southern Miss 76, Morehead State 65

CBB/CUSA notes from Sunday/Monday

UAB got the biggest win for C-USA in OOC play (as of now) with a win over UNC on Sunday in Birmingham. The Tar Heels do have some key players out right now but still a great win for the Blazers.

Charlotte got an easy win over UNC-Asheville and Louisiana Tech went on the road and got a win over Jackson State.

ECU lost to UNC-Wilmington by 2 at home. That kind of surprised me.

(No games on Monday in C-USA)

Tonight's marquee C-USA game is Belmont @ Middle Tennessee. Blue Raiders have a chance at getting a solid OOC win.

Other notable C-USA games tonight: North Texas @ BYU and UCF @ FAU