USM will have to sit and wait for postseason fate

Posted by PATRICK MAGEE on March 16, 2013 

Following a 91-79 double-overtime loss to Memphis Saturday, the Southern Miss basketball team will have to wait to find out what its postseason fate is, but most see the Golden Eagles as NIT-bound.

USM put up a big fight today and deserves some credit from the NCAA Tournament selection committee for closing out the season on a strong run to the Conference USA Tournament championship game.

If the Golden Eagles have just an average performance at the free throw line today, they are likely celebrating a C-USA Tournament championship right now.

USM hit just 15-of-28 free throws Saturday. (ouch)

The Golden Eagles have a decent postseason resume with an RPI ranking near 30 and a record of 25-9. The big problem for USM is no victories over top 50 teams this season.

USM had to spend nearly all of the non-conference schedule on the road, and that has come back to hurt the team in the end.

If the NCAA Tournament bid doesn't work out, USM should have a pretty high seed in the NIT.

We'll all find out Sunday evening.

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