Arkansas visits Ole Miss on Saturday in a key SEC basketball matchup. Look inside for a preview of the game along with a prediction of the game’s final score.
By 14Powers Hoops
Team Statistical Comparison
|Ole Miss OPP||0.428||0.288||0.715||115||465||176||94||50||201|
Arkansas Scoring Leaders
|Jimmy Whitt Jr.||14.0||86||24||0|
Arkansas Rebounding Leaders
|Jimmy Whitt Jr.||17||57||74||5.3|
Ole Miss Scoring Leaders
Ole Miss Rebounding Leaders
|Franco Miller Jr.||3||12||15||1.5|
Ole Miss: 86
|0||Jeantal Cylla||F||6′-7″||215||SR||Lake Worth, FL|
|1||Isaiah Joe||G||6′-5″||180||SO||Fort Smith, AR|
|2||Adrio Bailey||F||6′-6″||217||SR||Clarence, LA|
|3||Desi Sills||G||6′-1″||196||SO||Jonesboro, AR|
|5||Jalen Harris||G||6′-2″||166||JR||Wilson, NC|
|11||JD Notae||G||6′-2″||185||JR||Covington, GA|
|12||Ty Stevens||G||6′-2″||180||JR||Republic, MO|
|13||Emeka Obukwelu||F||6′-8″||222||JR||Plano, TX|
|15||Mason Jones||G||6′-5″||200||JR||Desoto, TX|
|22||Abayomi Iyiola||F||6′-9″||210||JR||Atlanta, GA|
|23||Connor Vanover||F||7′-3″||230||SO||Little Rock, AR|
|24||Ethan Henderson||F||6′-8″||210||SO||Little Rock, AR|
|33||Jimmy Whitt Jr.||G||6′-3″||175||SR||Columbia, MO|
|35||Reggie Chaney||F||6′-8″||222||SO||Tulsa, OK|
Ole Miss Roster
|1||Austin Crowley||G||6′-5″||188||FR||West Point, MS|
|2||Devontae Shuler||G||6′-2″||192||JR||Irmo, SC|
|3||Khadim Sy||F||6′-10″||244||JR||Dakar, Senegal|
|4||Breein Tyree||G||6′-2″||195||SR||Somerset, NJ|
|5||KJ Buffen||F||6′-7″||220||SO||Gainesville, GA|
|10||Carlos Curry||F||6′-11″||235||FR||Albany, GA|
|11||Franco Miller Jr.||G||6′-3″||202||FR||Freeport, GB|
|12||Shon Robinson||F||6′-11″||210||FR||Chicago, IL|
|13||Bryce Williams||G||6′-2″||178||JR||Tampa, FL|
|14||Antavion Collum||F||6′-7″||228||FR||Memphis, TN|
|15||Luis Rodriguez||G||6′-6″||202||SO||Los Angeles, CA|
|24||Jarkel Joiner||G||6′-1″||177||JR||Oxford, MS|
|33||John McBride||G||6′-7″||216||FR||Memphis, TN|
|34||Conner McKay||G||5′-11″||181||JR||Baldwyn, MS|
Arkansas (12-2, 1-1 SEC) fell to LSU 79-77 on Wednesday night in Baton Rouge. This game would have 19 lead changes. Arkansas’ largest lead was 11 points with four minutes to play in the first half. Early in the second half LSU built a 7-point lead. This game came down to the final seconds with LSU forward Trendon Watford scoring on an old fashion 3-point play to give the Tigers the victory. Arkansas out-shot the Tigers with eight made threes to LSU’s four threes. The Tigers however, got four more points at the line and one more field goal that ultimately was the difference in the game. Guard Mason Jones of Arkansas was the game leader in scoring with 24 points. He made 4 of 7 three-point shots. Watford led the Tigers with 21 points, all those point were 2-point field goal or three throws. Watford also pulled down 8 rebounds for the Tigers. Another eye catching stat was second chance points. LSU had 26 of those to none for the Hogs. Not surprisingly, LSU had 23 offensive rebounds to 3 for Arkansas.
For the season, guard Mason Jones (19.8 ppg) is the leader in scoring. Sharp-shooting Isaiah Joe (17.1 ppg) is the second leading scorer. Joe has 52 made threes so far this season. Jones also leads the Hogs in rebounds (6.1 rpg).
Arkansas is scoring an average of 74.5 points per game. Defensively, they are allowing 61.1 points per contest. The Hogs like to shoot threes. They have taken 351 attempts from beyond the arc so far this season. Only Alabama (419) and Auburn (362) have taken more. The Hogs not only can shoot the three, they can defend it. Arkansas is No. 1 in the conference in 3-point shooting defense allowing just 22.6% of shots to be made. Arkansas also leads the league in steals and average 9.5 of those per game.
Ole Miss (9-5, 0-1 SEC) fell to Texas A&M 57-47 on Tuesday in College Station. The game was an epic defensive battle. With a little over 9 minutes remaining in the first half the score was 11-11. From this point on to end of the half the Rebels would out-score the Aggies 18-8 to take a 29-19 lead to the locker room. However, the Aggies took a 34-32 lead on a jump shot by Wendell Mitchell with 12:11 remaining in the game. An Andre Gordon 3-pointer with 4:35 remaining in the game put A&M up by 10. The Aggies would go on to lead by as much as 13 points in the final minutes of the game. Both the Rebels (26%) and Aggies (18%) were terrible from 3-point range. The difference in this game was at the free throw line where A&M made 16 of 19 attempts (84%) to Ole Miss’ horrendous 4 of 7 attempts (57%). Breein Tyree was the Rebels leader in scoring with 26 points. Tyree was 6 of 13 from 3-point range and made all but one of the Rebel’s threes.
So far this season the Rebels Tyree (17.1 ppg) is the team’s leading scorer. Fellow guard Devontae Shuler (10.9, ppg) is the team’s second leading scorer. Forward KJ Buffen is the Rebels top rebounder averaging 6.4 boards a game.
Ole Miss is No. 10 in scoring offense (69.5 ppg) in the SEC. They rank 6th in the conference in scoring defense (65.2 ppg). The Rebels are fifth in the SEC in 3-point shooting accuracy and third in the conference in 3-point shooting defense. Ole Miss leads the league in defensive rebounding. Ole Miss is getting over 75 percent of rebounds after an opponent misses a shot. Assist to turnover ratio (2nd, 1.2) is another stat in which the Rebels excel. The Rebels are 14th in the league in blocked shots (2.7 bpg).
Arkansas looks like the better team in this game. The Hogs have been really competitive and barely missed on a huge win at LSU. Meanwhile, the Ole Miss loss at what was seemingly a terrible Texas A&M team was surprising.