UAB takes on Southern Miss in the quarterfinals of the Conference USA Tournament at Bank of Oklahoma Center on Thursday. It gets started at 1 p.m. EST and you can catch it on CBSSN. The Blazers fell to the Golden Eagles 79-75 on Feb. 2 and are 7-5 against them over the last four years.
The Blazers got past Southern Methodist 53-52 on Mar. 13 with the help of 17 points and nine rebounds from Jordan Swing. He is averaging 14.2 points per game while also contributing a team-high 1.3 steals per game. For the Golden Eagles, Dwayne Davis put up 34 points in the 70-62 win over UCF on Mar. 9. His 15.9 points per game is the highest mark on the team. From a tempo-free perspective, Southern Miss is strong in the following categories: offensive rebounding percentage at 40.8 and effective field goal percentage at 54.2.
StatSmack! UAB is better than Southern Miss
AP voters think more highly of UAB and ranked them in the AP Top 25 more often over the past 10 years than Southern Miss (10 vs. two).
Over the past 10 years, UAB has had more players drafted by the NBA than Southern Miss (two vs. zero).
You'll do better on next semester's exams, right? UAB currently has a higher Academic Progress Rate (927 to 922) than Southern Miss, per the NCAA.
UAB is taller. The average height of the top 8 players on UAB is 76.5 inches compared to 75.4 inches for Southern Miss.