Southern Miss basketball gearing up for C-USA flex play

The Southern Miss men’s basketball team is quietly having its best season of the Doc Sadler era, now five years removed from the Donnie Tyndall saga.

Thanks to a change in Conference USA scheduling, the Golden Eagles now have the chance to do something under Sadler they never did under Tyndall.

It’s been seven years since the Black and Gold last made the NCAA Tournament and they still have some work to do to make it to the big dance. If they can lock up a top five seed by the end of this week, it would make USM the beneficiary of the league’s new flex schedule. Those top five teams will then play each other for the remainder of the regular season as a means to boost RPI for an often overlooked conference.

Here’s Coach Sadler and fifth-year senior Kevin Holland on the week ahead. “It’s more of a mental game. We’ve got to play the game of basketball instead of play. It is a game. It’s no different than checkers, chess or anything. There’s some strategy to it. We’ve got the experience on this basketball team to understand that.”

“We’ve got to prepare for each team the same way. UTSA is at the top, UTEP is toward the bottom but you’ve got to prepare to beat them at our home court every day. So we’re going to work this week, and we’re going to do what we need to do to accomplish that.”

In 2014, Southern Miss became the first school in the history of March Madness to be left out of the big dance with 25 wins or more and an RPI better than 32.

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