SEC Basketball Preview/Prediction: Arkansas at Ole Miss

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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.

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Team Statistical Comparison

FG% 3PT% FT% ORB TRB AST STL BLK TO
Arkansas 0.445 0.312 0.757 102 470 177 131 67 178
Arkansas OPP 0.392 0.227 0.664 155 533 129 78 34 249
Ole Miss 0.437 0.328 0.695 132 489 218 104 38 189
Ole Miss OPP 0.428 0.288 0.715 115 465 176 94 50 201

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Statistical Leaders

Arkansas Scoring Leaders

PLAYER PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
Mason Jones 19.8 76 76 30
Isaiah Joe 17.1 74 39 52
Jimmy Whitt Jr. 14.0 86 24 0
Desi Sills 9.9 50 24 14
Adrio Bailey 6.6 35 18 5
Jalen Harris 4.5 18 20 7
Reggie Chaney 3.1 15 4 0
Jeantal Cylla 1.3 7 1 1

Arkansas Rebounding Leaders

PLAYER OR DR TR RPG
Mason Jones 13 66 79 6.1
Jimmy Whitt Jr. 17 57 74 5.3
Adrio Bailey 19 48 67 4.8
Isaiah Joe 11 53 64 4.6
Desi Sills 8 34 42 3.0
Reggie Chaney 10 28 38 3.5
Jalen Harris 4 31 35 2.5
Jeantal Cylla 4 15 19 1.6
Ethan Henderson 3 9 12 2.0
Emeka Obukwelu 1 2 3 1.5

Ole Miss Scoring Leaders

PLAYER PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
Breein Tyree 17.1 81 47 31
Devontae Shuler 10.9 56 21 20
KJ Buffen 9.6 51 28 4
Austin Crowley 4.1 20 9 8
Bryce Williams 3.9 13 16 5
Sammy Hunter 3.4 17 13 1
Antavion Collum 1.5 4 6 2

Ole Miss Rebounding Leaders

PLAYER OR DR TR RPG
KJ Buffen 24 65 89 6.4
Devontae Shuler 11 49 60 4.3
Breein Tyree 6 48 54 3.9
Blake Hinson 14 32 46 4.6
Luis Rodriguez 11 15 26 5.2
Sammy Hunter 9 16 25 1.8
Austin Crowley 7 16 23 1.6
Antavion Collum 2 14 16 1.5
Franco Miller Jr. 3 12 15 1.5
Carlos Curry 2 5 7 0.8
Bryce Williams 1 5 6 0.5
John McBride 2 0 2 0.3

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The Pavilion at Ole Miss
The Pavilion at Ole Miss

NCAA RPI

Arkansas: 28

Ole Miss: 86

Arkansas Roster

No. Name Pos. HT WT Class City-State
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

No. Name Pos. HT WT Class City-State
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
23 Sammy Hunter F 6′-9″ 230 FR Bahamas
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

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Scouting Report


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.

Arkansas-Ole Miss Prediction

Arkansas 68, Ole Miss 65


Saturday‘s game tips off at 6:00 p.m. ET. TV: SEC Network.

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