College Basketball Nation: R.L. Horton

Southern Miss ready to test Memphis

January, 18, 2011
1/18/11
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Southern Miss is riding high after knocking off UCF on Saturday, marking only the second time the Golden Eagles have beaten a ranked opponent at home in the program's history and the first time since 1986.

They get Memphis in Hattiesburg tomorrow, and the atmosphere is expected to be great on the heels of a season-high crowd of 5,023 to see the UCF upset.

From The Clarion-Ledger:
Meanwhile, this was more than twice USM's normal crowd, probably three or four times the normal decibel level.

"And classes haven't even started yet," [guard R.L.] Horton said. "I can't wait to see how many we have for Memphis Wednesday night."

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This was the atmosphere Eustachy has been seeking in his six previous seasons here. It's the kind of homecourt advantage Eustachy's teams enjoyed in his previous stints at Idaho, Utah State and Iowa State.

"It just makes so big a difference when you have people here," [coach Larry] Eustachy said. "We've had huge home winning streaks everywhere I've been and it's because of crowds that get behind you like this one did today."

According to The Commercial Appeal, Memphis is expected to be without suspended second-leading scorer Wesley Witherspoon after looking great without the junior in a win against Marshall.

It's the Southern Eagles who received more votes in both polls than the Tigers did and have conference scoring leader Gary Flowers to go to.

But they're taking on an underdog mentality.

"Memphis might be out of the national rankings, but they're still a powerhouse," Flowers told the Associated Press. "It would be monumental for our program to win this game, especially at home."

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