After a 5-6 start to being the season the Southern Miss men's basketball team begins conference play against Louisiana Tech (9-4) Saturday in Reed Green Coliseum.
USM's most recent defeat was on the road at LSU for the team's third consecutive loss.
The twenty point drubbing was the fifth straight on the road for the Black and Gold to drop them to 0-5 away from Hattiesburg, but with a return to the Coliseum, the Eagles hope to get things back on the right track.
"It's a whole new game now," said head coach Doc Sadler. "We're not going to play against a team that's played any harder than Louisiana Tech and you add the fact that it's the first conference game; it's a road game for them. They understand the importance of coming in here and trying to get a win."
It's a different story for the Lady Eagles basketball team as the 7-4 squad travels to Ruston, Louisiana, to face the Lady Techsters for their first Conference USA matchup of the season.
"There's going to be a lot of eyes on Ruston as we take the court on Sunday," said head coach Joye Lee-McNelis. "The Lady Eagles have really got to stay focused and stay true to the course and not lose focus by all the outside activities that will be going on and surrounding Tyler Summit's first game in Conference USA."
The Lady Eagles are 2-3 on the road and fresh off a 89-57 win at Nicholls State, December 29.
Louisiana Tech (5-6) is undefeated at home this season (2-0) under first year coach Tyler Summit, the son of college basketball coaching legend Pat Summit.
Tip-off for the men's game is 7:00 p.m. Saturday and the women's game gets underway Sunday at 3:00 p.m.