Breakfast Buffet: Southern Miss ends Memphis jinx

Jeff Eisenberg
February 2, 2012

1. Eight years into his tenure at Southern Mississippi, former Iowa State coach Larry Eustachy has finally returned to national relevancy. Thanks to a 75-72 victory over Memphis on Wednesday night, the Golden Eagles snapped an 18-game losing streak to the Tigers and moved into sole possession of first place in Conference USA. It would now take a disappointing finish for Southern Mississippi (20-3, 7-1) not to make the NCAA tournament.

2. How significant is the demand for tickets to what could be the last Missouri-Kansas game in Columbia for the foreseeable future? Tickets on Stubhub.com are being sold for anywhere from $251 for the nosebleed sections to $1250 for courtside seats. According to Stubhub, the average price for a ticket to last year's game in Columbia between the Tigers and Jayhawks was $164, a relative bargain by comparison.

3. Even though Texas A&M isn't contending in the Big 12 the way it expected to this year, in some ways the season has been a success simply because coach Billy Kennedy is on the sidelines again. ESPN.com's Jason King does a terrific job describing how the first-year Aggies coach isn't letting being diagnosed with the early stages of Parkinson's disease last fall deter him.

4. With Towson picking up its first victory in 13 months on Saturday, the nation's longest losing streak now belongs to Binghamton, the lone remaining winless team this season. Stony Brook extended the Bearcats' misery on Wednesday night, parlaying nine first-half threes into a 50-15 halftime lead and an 82-48 rout. Said Binghamton coach Mark Macon, "We dug in and played much better in the second half but they hit all those threes in the first half and that was the game."

5. Good post from TheBigLead's Jason Lisk evaluating the teams that the RPI and Jeff Sagarin/Ken Pomeroy drastically disagree on. Would you believe the RPI has Colorado State No. 22 and KenPom has the Rams No. 107? Or that the RPI has Wisconsin No. 25 and KenPom has the Badgers No. 2? In both cases, the truth is probably somewhere in between.

Even though this is from a game last week, Big Ten Network analyst Shon Morris' line is too good to pass up. When Minnesota's Julian Welch not so subtly attempts to draw a charge guarding Michigan State big man Derrick Nix in the post, Morris tells a cackling Gus Johnson, "The last time I saw something flop like that, I threw tartar sauce on it and hit it with an oar."

"I sat there on the bench with about two minutes go, 'I've seen this before.' I've seen it more than the Godfather. I really did think, 'Here I am, (Fredo Corleone), getting in the boat again. I'm going to go out thinking I'm fishing, and get shot." -- Southern Mississippi coach Larry Eustachy on his team's 75-72 win over Memphis that snapped a 18-game losing streak against the Tigers. (Hattiesburg American)

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