SEC Basketball Preview/Prediction: Florida at Ole Miss

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Florida 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
Florida 0.450 0.338 0.720 234 796 254 134 85 257
Florida OPP 0.411 0.316 0.727 216 732 247 124 58 293
Ole Miss 0.429 0.321 0.714 205 754 299 160 59 295
Ole Miss OPP 0.427 0.301 0.735 197 758 272 147 83 309

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Statistical Leaders

Florida Scoring Leaders

PLAYER TEAM PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
PLAYER TEAM PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
Kerry Blackshear Jr. Florida 13.9 85 116 20
Keyontae Johnson Florida 13.4 114 43 23
Andrew Nembhard Florida 11.7 97 42 22
Noah Locke Florida 10.0 76 16 53
Scottie Lewis Florida 8.0 52 53 12
Tre Mann Florida 5.4 38 17 14
Ques Glover Florida 5.3 47 13 9
Omar Payne Florida 4.6 45 11 0

Florida Rebounding Leaders

PLAYER TEAM OR DR TR RPG
PLAYER TEAM OR DR TR RPG
Kerry Blackshear Jr. Florida 58 122 180 8.2
Keyontae Johnson Florida 36 109 145 6.6
Omar Payne Florida 44 47 91 4.1
Scottie Lewis Florida 22 66 88 4.2
Andrew Nembhard Florida 3 60 63 2.9
Noah Locke Florida 4 55 59 2.7
Tre Mann Florida 4 32 36 1.8
Ques Glover Florida 6 20 26 1.2
Dontay Bassett Florida 11 14 25 2.1
Jason Jitoboh Florida 5 5 10 0.8
Gorjok Gak Florida 1 2 3 1.5

Ole Miss Scoring Leaders

PLAYER TEAM PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
PLAYER TEAM PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
Breein Tyree Ole Miss 18.9 132 88 44
Devontae Shuler Ole Miss 11.3 87 45 30
Blake Hinson Ole Miss 10.7 65 32 30
KJ Buffen Ole Miss 9.8 80 51 4
Bryce Williams Ole Miss 3.9 21 23 9
Austin Crowley Ole Miss 3.4 26 13 10
Sammy Hunter Ole Miss 3.1 23 14 1

Ole Miss Rebounding Leaders

PLAYER TEAM OR DR TR RPG
PLAYER TEAM OR DR TR RPG
KJ Buffen Ole Miss 44 86 130 5.9
Devontae Shuler Ole Miss 15 87 102 4.6
Blake Hinson Ole Miss 24 69 93 5.2
Breein Tyree Ole Miss 6 69 75 3.6
Austin Crowley Ole Miss 10 24 34 1.5
Sammy Hunter Ole Miss 10 18 28 1.4
Luis Rodriguez Ole Miss 11 15 26 5.2
Antavion Collum Ole Miss 4 19 23 1.4
Franco Miller Jr. Ole Miss 3 14 17 1.2
Bryce Williams Ole Miss 4 12 16 0.8
Carlos Curry Ole Miss 3 7 10 0.8
John McBride Ole Miss 2 1 3 0.4

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The Pavilion at Ole Miss
The Pavilion at Ole Miss

NCAA RPI

Florida: 42

Ole Miss: 102

Florida Roster

No. Name Pos. HT WT Class City-State
0 Ques Glover G 5′-11″ 176 FR Knoxville, TN
1 Tre Mann G 6′-4″ 172 FR Gainesville, FL
2 Andrew Nembhard G 6′-5″ 193 SO Aurora, ON
3 Alex Klatsky G 6′-3″ 189 FR Colts Neck, NJ
4 Anthony Duruji F 6′-7″ 213 JR Germantown, MD
5 Omar Payne F 6′-10″ 223 FR Kissimmee, FL
10 Noah Locke G 6′-3″ 207 SO Baltimore, MD
11 Keyontae Johnson F 6′-5″ 231 SO Norfolk, VA
12 Gorjok Gak C 6′-11″ 244 JR Sydney, NSW
21 Dontay Bassett F 6′-9″ 236 JR Oakland, CA
22 Tyree Appleby G 6′-1″ 163 JR Jacksonville, AR
23 Scottie Lewis G 6′-5″ 185 FR Hazlet, NJ
24 Kerry Blackshear Jr. F 6′-10″ 241 SR Orlando, FL
33 Jason Jitoboh C 6′-11″ 300 FR Chattanooga, TN

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

Florida (14-8, 6-3 SEC) defeated Georgia on Wednesday night in Gainesville. Georgia led most of the first half taking a 41-26 lead to halftime. In the second half the Bulldogs extended their lead to 52-30 with 16:41 to play. Florida then began to cut into that UGA lead. By the 12:27 mark the lead was down to eight at 55-47 on a Keyontae Johnson 3-point shot. Florida, with 9:18 to play, cut the Bulldog lead to just one point at 57-56 on a Tre Mann layup. Just 36 seconds later the Gators took a 59-57 lead on a Andrew Nembhard 3-point shot. The Gators would never trail again. Nembhard led the Gators with 25 points. Anthony Edwards paced the Bulldogs with 32 points.

Kerry Blackshear is the Gators top scorer so far this season averaging 13.9 points per game. He’s also the Gator’s top rebounder (8.2 rpg). The second top points producer is Keyontae Johnson (13.4 ppg). Team statistics wise, Florida doesn’t shine or struggle in any particular statistical category. In most stats the Gators are in the middle of the pack. Two areas the Gators somewhat stands out in is rebounding margin (5th, +2.9) and 3-point shooting (3rd, 33.8%). Florida does struggle in the area of blocks (9th, 3.9 bpg) and assists (13th, 11.5 apg) and steals (11th, 6.1 spg).

Ole Miss (11-11, 2-7 SEC) defeated South Carolina 84-70 on Saturday in Oxford. In the first half the Rebels built a 23-12 lead with 10:09 to play in the first half. Ole Miss continued to maintain that lead for remainder of the half and would lead 43-32 at the half. In the second half the Rebels built as much as a 19-point lead with 6:47 to play. In the final minutes the Gamecocks were able to pull the score within 9 points but they could not get closer. Breein Tyree led the Rebels with 38 points. Jermaine Couisnard topped the Gamecocks with 28 points.

So far this season the Rebel’s Breein Tyree (18.9 ppg) is the team’s leading scorer. Blake Hinson (10.7 ppg), Devontae Shuler (11.3 ppg) and KJ Buffen (9.8, ppg) are the Rebel other top scorers. Buffen is also the Rebels top rebounder averaging 5.9 boards a game.

Ole Miss is No. 11 in scoring offense (69.2 ppg) in the SEC. They rank ninth in the conference in scoring defense (68.1 ppg). The Rebels are fifth in the SEC in 3-point shooting accuracy (32.1%) and sixth in the conference in 3-point shooting defense (30.1%). Mississippi is sixth in the conference in assists with 299 so far this season. Assist to turnover ratio (5th, 1.0) is another stat in which the Rebels excel. The Rebels are 14th in the league in blocked shots (2.7 bpg).

Florida and Ole Miss met back in mid January in Gainesville with the Gators prevailing 71-55. Ole Miss plays a lot better at home but Florida should still be considered the favorite in this one.

Florida-Ole Miss Prediction

Florida 73, Ole Miss 70


Saturday‘s game tips off at 2:00 p.m. ET. TV: ESPN2.

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