Southern would be hard-pressed to find a more convenient Thanksgiving break.
The Jaguars (1-5) are set to play their first game since Nov. 22, when they knocked off Tennessee-Martin 69-66 to earn their first win of the season — and first win under coach Morris Scott.
The Jaguars started this season with a number of injuries, ranging from guard Aaron Ray’s mild concussion to 7-foot forward Mubashar Ali’s common cold.
They entered Thanksgiving break with a seven-day gap between the UT-Martin game and Wednesday’s game, which tips off against NAIA Wiley College from Marshall, Texas, at the F.G. Clark Activity Center.
“Hopefully we can get guys back, some legs back, some normalcy, and getting things going in the right direction,” Scott said.
Before last Wednesday’s game, Scott announced the Jaguars' plan for Ray, who has missed three consecutive games since Nov. 17 because of the concussion. Ali, however, has since returned in emphatic fashion.
Ali collected multiple game-clinching defensive rebounds and scored three of Southern’s final four points to earn Scott and the Jaguars their first victory of the season.
Southern is shooting 36.9 percent from the field through six games, averaging 64.0 points per game in each. The Jaguars are allowing an average of 82.5 points per game.
Following Wednesday's game, Southern will have another week without play until Dec. 6, when the Jaguars travel to Tulane for a noon tip at Devlin Fieldhouse.
Southern will not return to the F.G. Clark Activity Center until Dec. 14 against Scott's alma mater, Florida A&M.