HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Old Dominion men’s basketball team (17-5, 8-2 C-USA), winners of five of its last six and 12 of its last 14 contests, will take on the Southern Miss Golden Eagles (12-12, 5-6 C-USA) on Thursday, Feb. 8, at 8:00 p.m. EST on C-USA TV at Reed Green Coliseum.
The Monarchs currently sit in a tie for second place in the Conference USA standings with Western Kentucky, while Southern Miss is in a tie for eighth place with Louisiana Tech (ODU plays in Ruston, La. on Saturday night).
All-Time Series: Old Dominion vs. Southern Miss -Thursday night will mark the 11th all-time meeting between these two schools.
-ODU leads the all-time series 8-2.
-Old Dominion won the first six meetings between these schools, while the past four meetings have been split, 2-2.
-The Monarchs are 3-1 when playing Southern Miss in Hattiesburg.
-The last time these two schools met was last season in a game ODU won 54-50 in Norfolk.
-The last time these two schools met in Hattiesburg was during the 2015-16 season, when the Golden Eagles defeated the Monarchs, 73-71.
QUICK HITTERS -Old Dominion is allowing just 62.9 points per game, which ranks 8th nationally and first in the conference.
-The Monarchs rank 28th in the country and first in the C-USA for its field-goal percentage defense (40.5).
-The Monarchs turn the ball over just 10.5 times per contest, which ranks 11th nationally and 2nd in Conference USA. Their 231 total turnovers ranks 5th in the country and second in the league.
-Old Dominion’s 4.2 turnover margin ranks 12th nationally and third in the conference.
-ODU’s 1.40 assist/turnover ratio ranks 17th in the country (2nd in the C-USA).
-Old Dominion is ranked 23rd in the nation and second in the conference for fewest fouls (341).
-Ahmad Caver ranks 2nd in the country and first in Conference USA for most minutes played per game (38:13).
-Caver ranks 19th in the NCAA and second in the conference for averaging 6.0 apg. His 132 total assists ranks 33rd in the country and fourth in the conference.
-Caver’s 2.93 assist to turnover ratio ranks 23rd nationally and first the C-USA.
-Caver ranks 25th in Division I and second in Conference USA for averaging 2.18 steals per outing.
-Old Dominion is 14-1 when allowing 67 points or less.
-The Monarchs are 14-2 when leading at the half.
-Old Dominion is 13-2 when outrebounding its opponent.
-ODU is 13-3 in games they shoot 40% or higher from the floor.
-Old Dominion is 50-10 at the Ted over the past 4+ seasons.
-The Monarchs are 5-0 on the road in C-USA play and 3-2 at home. Overall, ODU is 7-2 on the road and 8-2 at home (2-1 on neutral hardwood).
-The Monarchs are 7-0 when scoring 80 or more points.
OLD DOMINION LEADERS POINTS: Ahmad Caver 14.4 (18th in C-USA) REBOUNDS: Brandan Stith 7.5 rpg (7th in C-USA) ASSISTS: Ahmad Caver 6.0 apg (19th in the country, 2nd in C-USA) STEALS: Ahmad Caver 2.18 spg (25th in country, 2nd in C-USA) BLOCKS: Brandan Stith 1.71 bpg (62nd in the country, 4th in C-USA)
Game notes as well as both teams’ season stats are attached.