No. 5-Seeded Louisiana Tech (27-6) Goes Up against No.1-Seeded Southern Miss (26-9) in Second Round

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NIT 2nd Round



1ST2ND TOTAL SPREAD
  #5 Louisiana Tech 27 25 52 +7.5
  #1 Southern Miss 35 28 63 -7.5
Mon, Mar 25 2013, 10:00 PM CDT

Reed Green Coliseum
Hattiesburg, MS
Attendance: 5,922
TV: ESPN U

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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).
LaTech Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
C+ Raheem Appleby 26 14 3 1 1 0 2
C+ Kenneth Smith 28 7 4 5 2 0 2
C Michale Kyser 19 5 5 1 1 3 1
C Alex Hamilton 17 7 2 3 1 0 2
C C. Johnson 21 8 3 1 1 0 1
C Brandon Gibson 20 7 4 1 1 0 1
C- Kenyon McNeail 17 7 1 1 1 0 1
C- Jaron Johnson 16 5 3 0 0 0 1
C- Chris Anderson 14 4 3 1 1 1 1
D+ Isaiah Massey 10 3 3 0 1 0 0
D+ Gilbert Talbot 4 3 2 0 0 0 0
D+ J.L. Lewis 11 3 3 0 0 0 1
D Stojan Gjuroski 4 1 0 0 0 0 0
D J.D. Wilkerson 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
D Demario Johnson 2 0 0 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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2013-2014 Roster

#5 Chris Anderson Sr F 6-6 220
#3 Raheem Appleby Jr G 6-4 160
#22 Josh Butler Fr F 6-6 225
#33 Leo Edwards Fr F 6-8 230
#11 Stojan Gjuroski Jr F 6-8 205
#0 Alex Hamilton So G 6-4 180
#15 C. Johnson Sr G 6-6 220
#23 Jaron Johnson Sr G 6-6 205
#1 Michale Kyser Jr F 6-9 205
#10 Isaiah Massey Jr F 6-8 225
#2 Erik McCree So F 6-7 215
#21 Kenyon McNeail Sr G 6-1 190
#4 Kenneth Smith Jr G 6-3 180
#40 Gilbert Talbot So F/C 6-10 290