Southern Mississippi will try to end two long streaks when it visits Memphis on Saturday. The Golden Eagles have lost 10 straight to ranked teams while the No. 19 Tigers have won 17 consecutive games. Memphis' run is tied with Akron, which plays Friday, for the longest active streak this season.
The Golden Eagles have won three in a row since losing 89-76 to Memphis two weeks ago and have used the one of the Conference USA's best defenses to grab second place in the league. The Tigers, who have a two-game lead on Southern Miss, have shot 53.3 percent from the floor over their last four games. Sophomore swingman Adonis Thomas has also been hot, averaging 17.4 points and seven rebounds in his last five games.
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ABOUT SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI (21-6, 10-2 C-USA): The Golden Eagles lead the league in scoring defense (59.8) and are second in field-goal defense (39.7 percent) and 3-point shooting defense (31.9 percent). Southern Miss also leads the league and is ranked second nationally with 11 steals per game. Senior forward Dwayne Davis, who had 25 points against Memphis, leads the Golden Eagles' balanced offense with 13.8 points. Junior guard Jerrold Brooks adds 10.7 points and four more players average at least eight points.
ABOUT MEMPHIS (23-3, 12-0): Junior guard Joe Jackson leads the Tigers with 13.7 points and leads the league in 3-point shooting (48.3 percent). Thomas has recorded back-to-back 20-point games while senior swingman D.J. Stephens leads the Tigers with 6.8 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game. The Tigers are also solid defensively, holding opponents to 64 points while blocking a league-best 6.5 shots. Memphis has won 19 of its last 20 games against Southern Miss.
1. The Golden Eagles are 7-85 all-time against ranked teams and 2-44 on the road.
2. The Tigers are 15-1 at home this season.
3. The Golden Eagles are 20-2 when scoring at least 60 points.
PREDICTION: Memphis 69, Southern Miss 60