Southern Miss Headed to NIT

By: Louis Montesi, III
By: Louis Montesi, III
Southern Miss Head Basketball Coach Donnie Tyndall said his team is the first in selection committee history to have over 25 wins, an RPI rank of 32... and still not make the tournament

From: WDAM

Entering "Selection Sunday", Southern Miss was in a similar spot to the one it held last year.

The Golden Eagles have a 27-6 record, but don't have a win against a top 25 team. Famed bracketologist Joe Lunardi listed them as one of his first four teams out of the NCAA Tournament, and unfortunately, that prediction came true.

Southern Miss will enter the National Invitational Tournament as a 3-seed where they will host Toledo in round one Wednesday .

The good news? Seniors like Neil Watson, Jerrold Brooks and Daveon Boardingham will get to play one more home game when they meet the Rockets for the first time in program history.

Head Coach Donnie Tyndall met with media shortly after the selection show revealed his team would miss the NCAA tournament for the second year in a row.

He was still selling his Golden Eagles.

"We had ten road wins, which, I believe, is eighth in America," said Tyndall. "We had 13 wins away from home, which is sixth in the country, and the committee always says they want you to prove you can win on the road, which we did. We win our league, we're undefeated on our home floor and we had four seniors, so with that experience, you'd like to think the committee would say, 'that team's got a chance to go beat some people,' and yet, we don't get in. It's very very frustrating.

Tyndall said his team is the first in selection committee history to have over 25 wins, an RPI rank of 32... and still not make the tournament.

Tip-Off for Wednesday's game will be at 7:30 p.m. CT.


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