SEC Basketball Preview/Prediction: Ole Miss at Auburn

Auburn-Ole Miss

Ole Miss visits Auburn on Tuesday 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 Analysis

FG% 3PT% FT% ORB TRB AST STL BLK TO
Ole Miss 0.435 0.327 0.725 244 915 353 197 71 360
Ole Miss OPP 0.424 0.290 0.738 256 938 339 168 103 376
Auburn 0.432 0.301 0.673 378 1121 345 177 132 347
Auburn OPP 0.415 0.326 0.705 282 962 305 180 87 371

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Statistical Leaders

Ole Miss Points Leaders

PLAYER TEAM GP PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
PLAYER TEAM GP PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
Breein Tyree Ole Miss 26 20.6 176.0 126 57
Devontae Shuler Ole Miss 27 11.6 110.0 54 38
Blake Hinson Ole Miss 23 10.3 81.0 38 38
KJ Buffen Ole Miss 27 9.6 98.0 60 4
Bryce Williams Ole Miss 24 3.3 22.0 25 9
Austin Crowley Ole Miss 27 2.9 26.0 15 10
Sammy Hunter Ole Miss 22 2.9 24.0 14 1
Antavion Collum Ole Miss 21 1.3 8.0 10 2

Ole Miss Top Rebounders

PLAYER TEAM OR DR TR RPG  
PLAYER TEAM OR DR TR RPG
KJ Buffen Ole Miss 54 104 158 5.9
Devontae Shuler Ole Miss 21 109 130 4.8
Blake Hinson Ole Miss 28 82 110 4.8
Breein Tyree Ole Miss 7 87 94 3.6
Austin Crowley Ole Miss 10 27 37 1.4
Antavion Collum Ole Miss 6 30 36 1.7
Sammy Hunter Ole Miss 10 19 29 1.3
Luis Rodriguez Ole Miss 11 15 26 5.2
Bryce Williams Ole Miss 4 14 18 0.8
Franco Miller Jr. Ole Miss 3 14 17 1.1
Carlos Curry Ole Miss 3 8 11 0.7
John McBride Ole Miss 2 1 3 0.4

Auburn Points Leaders

PLAYER TEAM GP PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
PLAYER TEAM GP PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
Samir Doughty Auburn 27 16.2 133.0 126 46
Isaac Okoro Auburn 24 13.1 113.0 72 16
J’Von McCormick Auburn 27 12.0 113.0 65 34
Austin Wiley Auburn 27 10.5 89.0 105 0
Danjel Purifoy Auburn 26 8.7 72.0 45 37
Anfernee McLemore Auburn 27 7.4 69.0 35 26
Devan Cambridge Auburn 27 4.4 45.0 5 25
Jamal Johnson Auburn 27 3.9 28.0 22 26
Allen Flanigan Auburn 27 3.2 33.0 15 5

Auburn Top Rebounders

PLAYER TEAM OR DR TR RPG  
PLAYER TEAM OR DR TR RPG
Austin Wiley Auburn 97 154 251 9.3
Anfernee McLemore Auburn 34 88 122 4.5
Danjel Purifoy Auburn 34 84 118 4.5
Isaac Okoro Auburn 50 64 114 4.8
J’Von McCormick Auburn 29 81 110 4.1
Samir Doughty Auburn 25 84 109 4.0
Allen Flanigan Auburn 22 52 74 2.7
Devan Cambridge Auburn 19 45 64 2.4
Jamal Johnson Auburn 15 24 39 1.4
Jaylin Williams Auburn 4 8 12 1.2
Tyrell Jones Auburn 4 6 10 1.0
Babatunde Akingbola Auburn 1 3 4 0.3
Preston Cook Auburn 0 1 1 0.5
Javon Franklin Auburn 0 1 1 0.2

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Auburn Arena
Auburn Arena

NCAA NET

Ole Miss: 94

Auburn: 28

Ole Miss Players

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

Auburn Players

No. Name Pos. HT WT Class City-State
0 Tyrell Jones G 6′-1″ 170 FR Chicago, IL
1 Jamal Johnson G 6′-4″ 195 SO Birmingham, AL
2 Jaylin Williams F 6′-7″ 230 FR Nahunta, GA
3 Danjel Purifoy F 6′-7″ 230 SR Centreville, AL
4 Javon Franklin F 6′-7″ 218 SO Little Rock, AR
5 J’Von McCormick G 6′-0″ 185 SR New Orleans, LA
10 Samir Doughty G 6′-4″ 195 SR Philadelphia, PA
12 Lior Berman G 6′-4″ 205 FR Birmingham, AL
13 Babatunde Akingbola C 6′-10″ 236 FR Ogun, Nigeria
14 Preston Cook G 6′-4″ 200 SO Auburn, AL
20 Myles Parker F 6′-8″ 200 SO Madison, AL
21 Will Macoy G 6′-4″ 200 SR Birmingham, AL
22 Allen Flanigan G 6′-5″ 200 FR Little Rock, AR
23 Isaac Okoro F 6′-6″ 225 FR Powder Springs, GA
24 Anfernee McLemore F 6′-7″ 220 SR Warwick, GA
33 Chase Maasdorp G 6′-0″ 175 SO Lakewood Ranch, FL
35 Devan Cambridge G 6′-6″ 190 FR Nashville, TN
50 Austin Wiley C 6′-11″ 260 SR Hoover, AL
54 Thomas Collier F 6′-9″ 215 SR Birmingham, AL

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Team/Game Analysis

Ole Miss (13-14, 4-10 SEC) most recently was defeated at home by Alabama 103-78. Breein Tyree led the Rebels in scoring with 28 points. John Petty Jr. produced 21 points to lead the Crimson Tide. Alabama’s hit on 13 of 30 3-point shots and that was the likely difference in this game. Bama led by 14 at the half and coasted to victory. This has been a disappointing season for second-year head coach Kermit Davis and the Rebels. After winning 10 SEC games and going to the NCAA in his first season in Oxford, short of an SEC Tournament miracle, the Rebels are pretty much destined to miss this year’s Big Dance.

Why the drop off from 2018-19 season? It’s likely because of the absence of a dominating big man. The Rebels are third from the bottom in rebounding margin (-0.5) and dead last in the league in blocked shots. Terence Davis could be the player that the Rebels are really missing from the 2018-19 season. He wasn’t a big guy but he was a solid rebounder and could block shots.

The Rebels are not without effective players though. Breenin Tyree is scoring almost 18 points a contest. Tyree has averaged 30 points over the past four games played. Guard Devontae Shuler is another jewel for the Rebels. In Saturday’s game with Bama Shuler had 11 points, four rebounds and a team-high three steals.

Ole Miss does some good things. We aren’t sure what happened at Bama but the Rebels are second in the SEC in 3-point shooting defense. The Rebels are also fourth in steals averaging 7.4 spg. Ole Miss also excels in assist to turnover ratio (4th, 1.0).

Auburn (23-4, 10-4 SEC) defeated Tennessee 73-66 on Saturday in Auburn. Jordan Bowden led the Vols with 28 points. Auburn’s Samir Doughty topped the Tigers with 22 points. These two teams about even statistically. Auburn just made a couple for field goals and free throws and one more three pointer than Tennessee. The Vols got to the free throw line 17 times and made 16 of them but Auburn hit on 18 of 27 charity attempts. Tennessee won the rebounding battle 37-28 but the Tigers had fewer turnovers than the Vols 24-11.

This Auburn team looks like it’s about the same as last year’s Tiger squad that probably should have been in the national title game if not for horrendous officiating at the end of the national semi-final. Samir Daughty leads the Tigers in scoring, averaging over 16 points per contest. Isaac Okoro (13.1), J’Von McCormick (12.0) and Austin Wiley (10.5) are the Tigers’ other top scorers. Wiley gives the Tigers a formidable inside presence at 6-foot-10, 260 pounds. He’s the team’s chief rebounder (9.2 rpg) good for second in the SEC. He also has 41 blocked shots. Auburn has six different players who have made at least 20 3-points shots led by Doughty with 46.

Auburn is third in the SEC in scoring offense (79.0 ppg) and 10th in the league in scoring defense (70.9 ppg). While Auburn takes a lot of threes, they are third from the bottom of the SEC in 3-point accuracy (30%). Auburn is also third from the bottom in 3-point defense (32.5%).

Playing at Auburn the Tigers should be clear favorites to win. Auburn Arena itself is fairly new but nothing overly special. The Auburn fans can get rowdy though. They are learning how to support Tiger basketball. Again, Auburn likely wins but Ole Miss does have some weapons. Vandy almost upset Auburn about a month ago in Auburn. That was before Vandy’s more recent improved competitiveness. If that Vandy team could take Auburn to the wire Ole Miss should also have the capability to compete with the Tigers. Remember too, Auburn had to go to overtime to defeat the Rebels in Oxford a few weeks ago.

Ole Miss-Auburn Prediction

Auburn 75, Ole Miss 72


Tuesday‘s game tips off at 7:00 p.m. ET (6:00 p.m. CT). TV: SEC Network.

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