Southern Miss Golden Eagles Crush NAIA Foe Dillard University...By 94 Points

By Ryan Darcy
Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports

The Southern Miss Golden Eagles must have scheduled their game last night Dillard University Bleu Devils of the NAIA because…to be honest, I don’t know why you’d ever schedule an NAIA team in any month but October, in a scrimmage, in a closed gym.

The Golden Eagles walloped the Bleu Devils 135-41. Yes, you read that right, they won by nearly 100 points. The mere fact that a school of more than 17,000 students decided to schedule a game against a small (1,249 students) NAIA school in January blows me away. Is Southern Miss suffering from the dreaded Napoleon Complex?

Despite setting numerous school records including most points scored, most steals (27), most three-pointers made (18), largest margin of victory (94), and tying their record for assists (40), should Southern Miss feel good about themselves? Absolutely not.

Dillard is a tiny school from New Orleans whose losses this season have been by 49, 29, 28, 10, 35, 7, 61 and now 94. Dillard is 1-7 this season, went 1-25 last year and 6-18 the year before that. Their tallest player, Kelth Cameron, is 6’8”, and he doesn’t even start.

This has got to be some form of bullying?

We saw it in college football this year when Savannah State opened its season with games against Oklahoma State and Florida State. They were outscored, not surprisingly, by a combined 139-0.

Sure, Southern Miss probably gave Dillard a nice little bonus for coming into Hattiesburg to get pumped. Sure, it’s a cool feeling for players from such a small school to play on the “big stage,” although only 2,779 people actually saw the game. And sure, well, I’m not even sure what else to say except wow. Has it really come to this?

Southern Miss isn’t some slouch team winning eight or nine games a year. They won 25 games and went to the NCAA Tournament last year. They win 20 games a year at least. So again, it brings me back to the big question. Why?

Just remember one word Southern Miss—karma. What goes around comes around.

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