SEC Basketball Preview/Prediction: Ole Miss at Tennessee

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Ole Miss visits Tennessee 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 Comparison

FG% 3PT% FT% ORB TRB AST STL BLK TO
Ole Miss 0.434 0.322 0.709 159 586 246 126 45 233
Ole Miss OPP 0.432 0.299 0.730 142 571 211 113 64 239
Tennessee 0.425 0.305 0.749 172 627 254 102 100 243
Tennessee OPP 0.382 0.316 0.682 168 570 167 127 52 234

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Statistical Leaders

Ole Miss Scoring Leaders

PLAYER TEAM PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
PLAYER TEAM PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
Breein Tyree Ole Miss 18.9 101 65 36
Blake Hinson Ole Miss 11.5 51 24 24
KJ Buffen Ole Miss 10.2 64 42 4
Devontae Shuler Ole Miss 10.2 64 24 22
Bryce Williams Ole Miss 3.7 15 16 6
Austin Crowley Ole Miss 3.6 21 11 9
Sammy Hunter Ole Miss 3.3 19 14 1
Antavion Collum Ole Miss 1.2 4 6 2

Ole Miss Rebounding Leaders

PLAYER TEAM OR DR TR RPG
PLAYER TEAM OR DR TR RPG
KJ Buffen Ole Miss 33 76 109 6.4
Devontae Shuler Ole Miss 13 65 78 4.6
Blake Hinson Ole Miss 19 47 66 5.1
Breein Tyree Ole Miss 6 54 60 3.8
Austin Crowley Ole Miss 7 20 27 1.6
Luis Rodriguez Ole Miss 11 15 26 5.2
Sammy Hunter Ole Miss 9 16 25 1.6
Antavion Collum Ole Miss 2 14 16 1.2
Franco Miller Jr. Ole Miss 3 13 16 1.3
Carlos Curry Ole Miss 3 6 9 0.8
Bryce Williams Ole Miss 1 7 8 0.6
John McBride Ole Miss 2 0 2 0.3

Tennessee Scoring Leaders

PLAYER TEAM PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
PLAYER TEAM PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
Jordan Bowden Tennessee 12.4 72 39 27
John Fulkerson Tennessee 11.1 74 41 0
Yves Pons Tennessee 11.0 72 27 16
Josiah-Jordan James Tennessee 8.1 47 24 20
Olivier Nkamhoua Tennessee 4.3 33 6 1
Davonte Gaines Tennessee 2.9 11 22 3
Jalen Johnson Tennessee 2.9 16 8 10
Drew Pember Tennessee 1.9 6 10 3

Tennessee Rebounding Leaders

PLAYER TEAM OR DR TR RPG
PLAYER TEAM OR DR TR RPG
Josiah-Jordan James Tennessee 19 84 103 6.1
John Fulkerson Tennessee 28 65 93 5.5
Yves Pons Tennessee 24 60 84 4.9
Jordan Bowden Tennessee 7 61 68 4.0
Olivier Nkamhoua Tennessee 29 39 68 4.0
Lamonte Turner Tennessee 7 32 39 3.5
Jalen Johnson Tennessee 9 27 36 2.1
Davonte Gaines Tennessee 7 19 26 1.6
Santiago Vescovi Tennessee 3 17 20 4.0
Drew Pember Tennessee 8 11 19 1.5
Uros Plavsic Tennessee 2 2 4 2.0
Zach Kent Tennessee 0 2 2 1.0

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Thompson-Boling Arena
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NCAA RPI

Ole Miss: 113

Tennessee: 64

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

Tennessee Roster

No. Name Pos. HT WT Class City-State
0 Davonte Gaines G 6′-7″ 178 FR Buffalo, NY
1 Lamonte Turner G 6′-2″ 187 SR Florence, AL
3 Drew Pember F 6′-9″ 207 FR Knoxville, TN
4 Jacob Fleschman G 6′-3″ 176 JR Austin, TX
5 Josiah-Jordan James G 6′-6″ 208 FR Charleston, SC
10 John Fulkerson F 6′-9″ 212 JR Kingsport, TN
12 Victor Bailey Jr. G 6′-4″ 186 JR Austin, TX
13 Jalen Johnson G 6′-6″ 196 JR Durham, NC
21 Olivier Nkamhoua F 6′-8″ 224 FR Cumberland, MD
23 Jordan Bowden G 6′-5″ 193 SR Knoxville, TN
30 Brock Jancek F 6′-8″ 222 SO Knoxville, TN
33 Zach Kent F 6′-11″ 235 SO Magnolia, DE
34 Uros Plavsic F 7′-0″ 240 FR Chattanooga, TN
35 Yves Pons G 6′-6″ 215 JR Paris, FR

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Scouting Report


Tennessee (11-6, 3-2 SEC) defeated rival Vanderbilt 66-45 on Saturday in Nashville. This game was close at halftime (21-20) but in the second half the Vols ran away with it. They outscored Vandy 14-3 in the first 5:10 of the second half. Vandy was iced dead cold from the 3-point range with no makes in 25 attempts. It was the first time since the inception of the 3-point rule back in the 1980s that the Commodores didn’t score on at least one 3-point shot. The Vols also were cold but at least made one 3-pointer. Vandy not only struggled from 3-point range, they hit only 24% of their field goals compared to Tennessee’s 53%. Vandy did make 81% of its free throws but Tennessee also bettered the Commodores in that stat going 93% from behind the line. Tennessee’s Jordan Bowden led the Vols in scoring with 21 points. Vandy freshman Scotty Pippen Jr. tallied 16 points for the Commodores.

Bowden leads Tennessee in scoring (12.4 ppg) followed by forward John Fulkerson (11.1 ppg). Bowden is the team’s top 3-point shooting threat with 27 made 3-point shots. 6-foot-6 Josiah-Jordan James is the team’s top rebounder (6.1 rpg). Tennessee is 13th in the SEC in scoring offense (66.1 ppg) and first in the league in scoring defense (59.6 ppg). The Vols are 12th in the SEC in 3-point shooting accuracy (30.5%) and 12th in the conference in field goal shooting (42.5%). The Vols are also second in the conference in blocked shots (5.9 bpg) and first in assists (15.0 apg).

Ole Miss (9-8, 0-4 SEC) fell to LSU 80-76 on Saturday in Oxford. The Tigers won this game at the free throw line. The hit 24/27 (89%) from behind the line while the Rebels struggled making just 9/19 (47%). LSU also outrebounded Ole Miss 47-31 but if the Rebs hit five more free throws they win. Javonte Smart led the Tigers in scoring with 20 points. Smart hit on 4 of 8 shots from 3-point range. Ole Miss was led in scoring by Breein Tyree with an impressive 36 points. Interestingly, Tyree was 100% from the line, making all nine of his attempts. Do the math and you’ll find that his teammates were a horrendous 0-10 from the line.

So far this season the Rebels Tyree (17.8 ppg) is the team’s leading scorer. Blake Hinson (11.4 ppg) and guard Devontae Shuler (10.9, ppg) are the Rebel other top scorers. Forward KJ Buffen is the Rebels top rebounder averaging 6.5 boards a game.

Ole Miss is No. 11 in scoring offense (68.8 ppg) in the SEC. They rank 8th in the conference in scoring defense (68.6 ppg). The Rebels are sixth in the SEC in 3-point shooting accuracy (31.7%) and fourth in the conference in 3-point shooting defense (29.3%)). Mississippi is fourth in the conference in assists with 224 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 (2.8 bpg).

Tennessee looks like the favorite here but watch out for Ole Miss. The Rebs are one of those teams that shoots the three well and also defends the three solidly. You’d think playing in Knoxville that Tennessee would be the solid favorite. However, don’t be fooled by the Rebels 0-4 conference record. Three of their first four SEC opponents were LSU, Florida and Arkansas. The fourth was a trip to a pretty solid Texas A&M team.

Ole Miss-Tennessee Prediction

Tennessee 66, Ole Miss 64


Tuesday‘s game tips off at 9:00 p.m. ET (8 p.m. CT). TV: SEC Network.

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