No. 5-seeded Louisiana Tech meets No. 1-seeded Southern Miss in the second round of the NIT at Reed Green Coliseum on Monday. Tipoff occurs at 10 p.m. ET and you can catch it on ESPN U. The Bulldogs defeated the Golden Eagles 65-55 on Dec. 8 and are 2-1 against them over the past four years.
In their last outing, behind 27 points from Raheem Appleby, the Bulldogs defeated Florida State 71-66 on Mar. 19. He leads the team in scoring average, scoring 14.8 points per contest. For the Golden Eagles, Jonathan Mills put up 16 points and nine rebounds in the 78-71 win over Charleston Southern on Mar. 20. He is averaging 9.4 points per game and leads the team in rebounds with 7.9 per game. Areas of strength for Southern Miss include: offensive rebounding percentage at 39.9 and effective field goal percentage at 54.7.
StatSmack! Louisiana Tech is better than Southern Miss
Boom! Louisiana Tech crushed Southern Miss by 10 points the last time they played (Dec 08, 2012).
Over the past 10 years, Louisiana Tech has had more players drafted by the NBA than Southern Miss (two vs. zero).
More violent crime happens in Hattiesburg so be careful if you visit (when compared to Ruston -- according to the FBI).
Louisiana Tech has a better record in close games than Southern Miss this season (5-0 vs. 8-2).