Southern Miss Golden Eagles basketball

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Southern Miss Golden Eagles
2016–17 Southern Miss Golden Eagles basketball team
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University University of Southern Mississippi
Conference Conference USA
Location Hattiesburg, MS
Head coach Doc Sadler (3rd year)
Arena Reed Green Coliseum
(Capacity: 8,095)
Nickname Golden Eagles
Colors Black and Gold[1]
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Home jersey
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Team colours
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Away jersey
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Team colours
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Alternate jersey
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Team colours
NCAA Tournament appearances
1990, 1991, 2012
Conference tournament champions
1990, 1991
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.[2] 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.[3]

Over the 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[edit]

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.[4]

Year Seed Round Opponent Result
1990 #13 Round of 64 #4 LaSalle L 63–79
1991 #11 Round of 64 #6 NC State L 85–114
2012 #9 Round of 64 #8 Kansas State L 64–70

NIT Results[edit]

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.

Year Round Opponent Result/Score
1981 First Round Holy Cross L 54–58
1986 First Round Florida L 71–81
1987 First Round
Second Round
Saint Louis
La Salle
W 93–75
W 83–78
W 95–88
W 82–75
W 84–80
1988 First Round
Second Round
W 74–69
L 89–93
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
2013 First Round
Second Round
Charleston Southern
Louisiana Tech
W 78–71
W 63–52
L 62–79
2014 First Round
Second Round
W 66–59
W 71–63
L 73–81


The Golden Eagles have appeared in the Postseason Tournament (CIT) one time. Their record is 0–1.

Year Round Opponent Result/Score
2010 First Round Louisiana Tech L 57–66

NAIA tournament results[edit]

The Golden Eagles have appeared in the NAIA Tournament four times. Their combined record is 2–4.

Year Round Opponent Result
1952 First Round New Mexico State L 70–86
1953 First Round
Second Round
River Falls State
Loyola (MD)
W 106–72
W 94–83
L 92–102
1954 First Round Gustavus Adolphus L 64–104
1955 First Round Steubenville L 62–79

Notable alumni[edit]