Southern Miss Golden Eagles basketball
|Southern Miss Golden Eagles|
|University||University of Southern Mississippi|
|Head coach||Doc Sadler (1st year)|
|Arena||Reed Green Coliseum
Gold and Black
|NCAA Tournament appearances|
|1990, 1991, 2012|
|Conference tournament champions|
|Conference regular season champions|
The Southern Miss Golden Eagles basketball program represents intercollegiate men's basketball at the University of Southern Mississippi. The school competes in the Conference USA in Division I of the NCAA and plays their home games at Reed Green Coliseum, which has a capacity of 8,095.
From its first season (1912–13), when Coach R. G. Slay led the team to a 3-0 record, the men's basketball team has enjoyed its share of success. Coach A. B. Dillie took over coaching duties the following year. The Golden Eagles have appeared in the NAIA National Tournament four times in a row (1952, 1953, 1954 and 1955). Southern Miss had a 2–4 record in the NAIA Tournament.
Over the 12 years, the Golden Eagles have had three NCAA teams. The program has also had an NIT Championship team with its run in the 1987 postseason tournament. The team has had six players drafted including Clarence Weatherspoon. Southern Miss has won two conference championships in basketball including a share of the 2001 regular-season title.
NCAA Tournament results
Southern Miss Golden Eagles have appeared in three NCAA tournaments. They have an overall 0–3 record in tournament games. Darrin Chancellor holds the Southern Miss single-tournament scoring record with 24 points in 1991.
|1990||#13||First Round||#4 LaSalle||L 63–79|
|1991||#11||First Round||#6 NC State||L 85–114|
|2012||#9||First Round||#8 Kansas State||L 64–70|
The Golden Eagles have appeared in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) ten times. Their combined record is 11–9 and they were NIT Champions in 1987.
|1981||First Round||Holy Cross||L 54–58|
|1986||First Round||Florida||L 71–81|
|1994||First Round||Clemson||L 85–96|
|1995||First Round||St. Bonaventure||L 70–75|
|1998||First Round||Auburn||L 62–77|
|2001||First Round||Mississippi State||L 68–75|
The Golden Eagles have appeared in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT) one time. Their record is 0–1.
|2010||First Round||Louisiana Tech||L 57–66|
NAIA tournament results
The Golden Eagles have appeared in the NAIA Tourament four times. Their combined record is 2–4.
|1952||First Round||New Mexico State||L 70–86|
|River Falls State
|1954||First Round||Gustavus Adolphus||L 64–104|
|1955||First Round||Steubenville||L 62–79|
- Don Maestri - men's basketball head coach, Troy University.
- Clarence Weatherspoon '92 - former NBA basketball player (retired).
- Wendell Ladner '70 - former ABA player (deceased)
- Kelly McCarty '98 - former professional basketball player
- Elvin Mims - PBL,USBL,NBL Player. 6x Championship
- NAIA Championship History
- "Southern Miss Golden Eagles Tournament History". ESPN. ESPN Internet Ventures. 2010. Retrieved June 29, 2010.