Southern Miss clamps down

C-USA team has seriously improved its defense, and its NCAA chances

Updated: February 25, 2011, 4:09 PM ET
By Matt Giles | ESPN Insider
DJ NewbillMarvin Gentry/US PresswireD.J. Newbill has helped Southern Miss strengthen its D.

All season long, Insider will be keeping a close eye on teams from conferences that have not usually produced multiple NCAA tournament bids to see which squads outside of the spotlight look the strongest come tournament time. In this edition, we focus on Conference USA's Southern Mississippi and spend a little time talking about a major power (by our standards) which isn't getting enough attention -- the Xavier Musketeers.