Friday, November 22, 2013

Game Preview - South Alabama

Brief Summary on our opponent

Southern Miss will travel down Highway 98 to play South Alabama (2-1) in Mobile, Alabama tonight. The Jaguars were picked #2 in the Sun Belt preseason poll (they received 2 first place votes) and have wins over Detroit (74-58) and William Carey (76-53). Their only loss came to Texas on the road (84-77), and the Jags had a 14 point lead at the half before the Longhorns rallied for the win. Augustine Rubit is the leader for the South Alabama squad and he was named pre-season player of the year in the Sun Belt conference. After the first three games, he has averaged a very impressive 14.3 points per game and 10.7 rebounds per game. This includes a 22 point performance against Texas. 

My opinion on this game

Overall, this will be a good road test for the Basketball Eagles. I expect South Alabama to win around 20 games this year and end up in the NIT or CBI/CIT. The Jagaurs could also end up in the top 100 of the RPI rankings by the end of the year, in my opinion. The Mitchell Center should have a solid crowd (of both SoBama and USM fans) so we should a solid college basketball atmosphere for tonight's game. I think South Alabama gives USM a great fight but the Eagles pull out a close win.

Prediction: Southern Miss 72, South Alabama 67. 

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