Southern Miss coach Donnie Tyndall will take on his former boss when the Golden Eagles face Middle Tennessee in a road contest at 1 p.m. today.
Tyndall and Middle Tennessee head coach Kermit Davis served as assistants together at LSU from 1997-2001 and Tyndall joined Davis' staff at MTSU from 2002-06.
Today's game will mark the first time that Davis and Tyndall have competed against each other as head coaches.
It also marks the first time that Davis, a Leakesville native, will face Southern Miss in his 11 years at Middle Tennessee.
Southern Miss will try to get back on track in its pursuit of a Conference USA regular season title against the Blue Raiders. The Golden Eagles traveled to Murfreesboro, Tenn., Thursday night after having its seven-game winning streak come to an end in a surprising 84-60 defeat at UAB.
Against Middle Tennessee, Tyndall knows his team is in for another difficult challenge.
"They're going to be physical. They're going to be tough and they're going to be hard playing," Tyndall said. "They're well coached and they're not going to beat themselves. We'll certainly have to be much better Saturday to win the game."
USM and Middle Tennessee are among four teams currently tied for first place at 8-2 in Conference USA. Joining them at the top are UTEP and Louisiana Tech.
Southern Miss (21-4, 8-2) and Middle Tennessee have only played twice in men's basketball, splitting the two games, and today's contest will mark the first time the two programs have met since 1959.
Middle Tennessee (18-7, 8-2) is currently on the longest winning streak in Conference USA with six consecutive victories following Thursday's 71-44 victory over Tulane.
Six-foot-8 forward Shawn Jones of MTSU is one of the better frontcourt players in the conference with averages of 15.3 points and 8.7 rebounds. He is joined by 6-foot-7 forward Nieko Hunter, who averages 13.2 points and 4.7 rebounds, to give the Blue Raiders a strong duo in the frontcourt.
Southern Miss has yet to lose back-to-back games this season and it will hope to keep that trend going today.