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Southern Miss Basketball Takes the Court for First Practice

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Today the Golden Eagles take the court for the first time in over a month.

In early August the Golden Eagles registered ten practices leading up to a foreign tour in Nassau, Bahamas.

Over that seven day stretch, the team went 5-0 against collegiate and professional all-star teams.

After a six-week layoff, the Golden Eagles return to the court with outside pressure to keep winning.

"Obviously there's high expectations," says Southern Miss head basketball coach Donnie Tyndall. "In a lot of publications we're picked first or second in our league in the preseason."

The Golden Eagles enter 2013 coming off the winningest season in school history.

The team posted 27 wins a year ago, after advancing all the way to the quarterfinals of the NIT in Tyndall's first year at the helm.

The youngest team in Division I basketball took a lot of teams by surprise last season, giving Tyndall reason to believe a repeat performance is easier said than done.

"I don't think that will be the case this year," says Tyndall. "We're not going to sneak up on anybody. Teams are going to kind of - we're going to have a bullseye on our back from the opponents. They're going to be prepared every night, and again, in some publications we're picked to win the league, so we're going to get everyone's best shot this season no question."

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