The Commercial Appeal, Mark Weber, Associated Press
Memphis' Will Barton, center, shoots over Marshall's Robert Goff (2) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012, in Memphis, Tenn.

HATTIESBURG, Miss. — Southern Miss is playing really good basketball these days even though few have noticed.

There's one quick way to change that: Beat Memphis.

Southern Miss (19-3, 6-1 Conference USA) hosts Memphis (15-6, 6-1) on Wednesday night as the Golden Eagles try to snap an 18-game losing streak in the series that dates back to 2004. The two teams are tied for first place in Conference USA.

Memphis has won nine of its last 10 games, including three straight. The Tigers beat Southern Miss 60-58 earlier this season in Memphis.

Southern Miss has a balanced roster that includes five players who score in double figures. The Golden Eagles rank No. 11 in the NCAA's official RPI rankings, yet received just five votes in this week's Associated Press Top 25 poll.