HATTIESBURG, Miss. — Southern Mississippi's Neil Watson knows the joy of playing in the NCAA tournament. He also understands the disappointment of just missing a trip to the Big Dance.
Now for the third time in three seasons, the Golden Eagles (24-5, 11-3 Conference USA) are squarely on the NCAA tournament bubble heading into March.
Because Southern Miss doesn't reside in a power conference, there isn't much room for error in the season's final weeks. The Golden Eagles are in a four-way tie at the top of C-USA with Middle Tennessee, Louisiana Tech and Tulsa.
The 5-foot-11 Watson is already one of the most successful players in Southern Miss history. He's one of only two Golden Eagles to have 1,000 career points, 400 assists, 250 rebounds and 100 steals.
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