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Senior guard Rian Pearson and the Rockets will travel to Southern Miss on Wednesday.

Toledo to Travel to Southern Miss in NIT First Round Game on Wednesday

Courtesy: Toledo Athletics
Release: 03/16/2014
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TOLEDO, OH - Toledo (27-6, 14-4 MAC) will continue its record-breaking season with an appearance in the 77th annual National Invitation Tournament. The Rockets will visit Conference USA regular-season co-champion Southern Mississippi (27-6, 13-3 C-USA) on Wednesday, March 19 at 8:30 p.m.

The game will be available for viewing on ESPN3 and will also be broadcast on the Rocket Radio Network which includes WSPD-AM 1370 locally.

Ticket prices for the game at Reed Green Coliseum are $15.00 for chairbacks, $10.00 for adult bleachers and $5.00 for youth bleachers. Ticket office hours at USM are 8:00 a.m.-6:30 p.m. CT on Monday and Tuesday and 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. CT.  Tickets can be ordered over the phone (1-800-844-TICK) or at www.southernmisstickets.com.

The Eagles and Rockets possess the top two RPIs in the 32-team field at No. 31 and No. 37, respectively. UT is the No. 6 seed in its region, while USM is the No. 3 seed.

The winner of the Toledo-Southern Miss contest will face the winner of Tuesday’s game pitting No. 2 seed Missouri (22-11) and No. 7 seed Davidson (20-12) on a date to be determined.

Toledo is making its eighth NIT appearance in school history and possesses an all-time record of 3-7 in the event. Its last victory was a 76-67 home triumph over South Alabama in 2001.

The Rockets captured a share of their eighth regular-season MAC title this season, posting a school-record 27 victories before falling to Western Michigan in the MAC Tournament title last night.

Southern Miss is undefeated at home (14-0) and finished in a four-way tie for first place in Conference USA with Louisiana Tech, Middle Tennessee and Tulsa. The Golden Eagles lost in their conference semifinals to Louisiana Tech by an 88-70 margin.

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