No. 1 Memphis has won the Conference USA Tournament six times in the last seven years, and will look to make it seven out of eight Saturday morning after beating No. 5 Tulsa 85-74 to advance. No. 2 Southern Miss will try to play spoiler, coming in off of an 85-67 blowout over No. 3 UTEP.
Memphis is 19-1 SU in its last 20 games against Southern Miss, but just 9-10-1 ATS over that span. This season, Memphis was 2-0 SU and ATS against Southern Miss with two double-digit wins over the conference’s second-seeded team.
The Golden Eagles will try to spoil to the party on Saturday; they are 15-14-1 ATS against the number this season, while the Tigers are 14-16 ATS. Southern Miss is 14-12 on the totals; Memphis is 19-8-1.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game matches up the No. 23 (Tigers) and the No. 17 (Golden Eagles) teams in the league, according to our current NCAAB power rank. A 81-80 result in favor of the Golden Eagles has been projected by the scores prediction engine.
How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Golden Eagles is ranked No. 139 in NCAA hoops at 35.4 per game. Contrast that with Memphis’s No. 42 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Memphis is the No. 172-ranked team in the country at 6.1 per game, while Southern Miss rates No. 104 at 6.8 per game.
Defensively, Southern Miss features the nation's No. 84-rated defense on the road, allowing 65.9 points per game. Memphis, meanwhile, comes in at No. 48 nationally in scoring at home.
Southern Miss was an 85-67 winner in their most recent outing at home against Texas El Paso. They covered the 2.5-point spread as favorites. Dwayne Davis scored 27 points for Southern Miss on Friday, leading the Golden Eagles to an 85-67 win over Texas El Paso at BOK Center.
Memphis won its last outing, an 85-74 result against Tulsa on March 15. They failed to cover in that game as a 12-point favorite. The Golden Hurricane got a 25-point effort from Scottie Haralson, who added 12 rebounds, but Memphis still managed to defeat Tulsan 85-74 Friday at BOK Center.