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USM BLOG: Basketball receives votes in poll, other news

* The Southern Miss men's basketball team received seven votes in today's USA Today/ESPN Coaches' poll, nine spots out of the top 25.

The Golden Eagles are 16-4 and 6-0 in Conference USA, riding a nine-game winning streak.

It marks the first time that USM has received votes in one of the major polls this season.

USM travels to UAB for a 7 p.m. tip on Wednesday.

* There were no USM players honored by Conference USA week in the league's weekly individual honors.

USM has had only one player honored by the league this season – Jonathan Mills on Nov. 27 as Player of the Week.

The Golden Eagles won at Tulsa, 62-59, on Saturday for the program's first win on the road over the Golden Hurricane.

* After New Orleans quarterback Damian Williams switched his commitment from Southern Miss to Mississippi State over the weekend, USM head coach Todd Monken received a new verbal pledge from a new quarterback.

Spain Park High School quarterback Nick Mullens from Hoover, Ala., is a Southern Miss commitment according to his Twitter account.

Mullens was previously committed to UAB.

The 6-foot-1 Mullens was named the Alabama Gatorade Player of the Year this past season after throwing for 40 touchdowns as a senior.