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#623 Southern Miss 141.5 vs.
#624 South Alabama -10
Saturday, November 9, 2019 at 8:00pm EST
Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile
Written by Chris Altruda

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Southern Miss at South Alabama

When and Where: Saturday, Nov. 9, Mitchell Center, Mobile, Ala., 8 p.m. EST.

After rolling to easy against overmatched non-Division I opponents, Southern Miss and South Alabama hope to have worked out all off their rust ahead of Saturday night's showdown in Mobile.

Jacdonmi impresses in Golden Eagles' victory

Another former player with strong ties to his alma mater, Jay Ladner took over Southern Miss this season after five at Southeastern Louisiana. A member of the 1987 team that won the NIT, Ladner's coaching debut in Hattiesburg began with a 90-71 romp past Delta State on Tuesday night.

Boban Jacdonmi hit 12 of 16 shots en route to a career-high 29 points -- he had 30 in 23 games last season -- while Tyler Stevenson and Jay Malone were potent off the bench. Stevenson had 18 points while Malone dished out 10 assists in just 19 minutes.

"He's a player that has not experienced a lot of personal success, but he plays his tail off every single day," Ladner said of Jacdonmi to the school's official website. "I was so glad to see him have such a big night. I thought he made a great move to start the game with a left-handed jump hook, and hopefully this will be a confidence-booster for him, especially with our lack of seniority on the team."

Southern Miss shot a torrid 57.6 percent and forced Delta State into 20 turnovers while scoring 58 points in the paint.

“Certainly, being able to get that first one under our belt, we’ll take it, but we’ve still got a lot of work to do,” Ladner told the Sun Herald. “We made a lot of improvement (from last Tuesday’s 73-68 exhibition win over Mississippi College), but we’ve got a long way to go.”

South Alabama leads the all-time series 26-17 and emerged with a 71-67 victory at home last season as Leonard Harper-Baker had 18 points and nine rebounds. Harper-Baker filled the stat sheet against Delta State, finishing with 13 points, nine rebounds, six assists, three blocks, and two steals.

Jaguars show balanced offense in easy win

Richie Riley's second season in South Alabama kicked off on a positive note with an 82-51 rout of Pikeville College -- where Riley served as an assistant from 2006-09 -- on Tuesday night. Chad Lott scored 18 points to lead five players in double figures as the Jaguars shot 51.6 percent and forced 18 turnovers while holding the Bears to 2 of 13 shooting from 3-point range and 32.2 percent shooting overall.

"For the fan that is seeing him on the court for the first time, they might think that he's making tough shots, but they aren't tough for him; I see him do it every day in practice," Riley said of Lott to South Alabama's official website. "He is a competitive guy and may be the most competitive that I've ever coached. That's a bold statement but day in and day out, this is what we see at practice. He's not perfect, but he's perfect for me because he plays so hard and just cares about winning."

Josh Ajayi, who had 13 points and 13 rebounds, is the only returning player for South Alabama who scored in double figures in last season's game with 11 points. The Jaguars won the last meeting between the teams in Mobile in 2017 but have lost eight of their last 10 at home versus Southern Mississippi.

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Given this is a regional rivalry -- the teams are separated by less than a two-hour drive, a double-digit spread seems a bridge to far to cover for South Alabama, who won only six of their 15 games by 10 or more points.

There is obviously some worry the Golden Eagles will freeze up in their first road game under Ladner, but Harper-Baker should help them stay in this game and keep the final margin in single digits.

Prediction: Southern Miss +10

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Per Covers.com, the under has delivered in the last five meetings between the teams in Mobile. The 138 points in last season's meeting was also the highest in the last seven matchups, and the previous six were played in a range from 117 to 133 points.

Per DonBest.com, the under is also 20-8 in South Alabama's last 28 home games as a favorite between 7 to 12.5 points, while the under has also gone 5-2 in Southern Miss' last seven non-conference tilts.

Prediction: UNDER 142.5 points
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Written By Chris Altruda

A 1994 graduate of Marquette University when they were known as the Warriors and Brooklyn native, Chris Altruda is based in Chicago. Prior to joining our team here at Winners & Whiner, he worked at three major U.S. wire services and also has prior experience in sports handicapping and daily fantasy roster building. Now that the Cubs have won a World Series, he holds out hope the Jets will win a Super Bowl before he dies. Follow Chris daily right here at W&W and on Twitter at @AlTruda73. You wonโ€™t be disappointed.