Zemek: Ole Miss, Not Arkansas Making Plans for March Madness

Arkansas-Ole Miss

Ole Miss plays at Arkansas on Saturday in a key SEC basketball matchup. Look inside for a preview of the game along with a final score prediction.

Scroll down for prediction and Matt Zemek commentary.

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Team Statistical Comparison

FG% 3PT% FT% ORB TRB AST STL BLK TO
Ole Miss 0.462 0.366 0.774 286 976 410 215 101 363
Ole Miss OPP 0.434 0.367 0.710 295 919 386 170 93 421
Arkansas 0.443 0.330 0.662 292 960 438 221 132 380
Arkansas OPP 0.427 0.345 0.695 346 1081 366 173 93 465

Statistical Leaders

Ole Miss Scoring Leaders

PLAYER PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
Breein Tyree 18.3 169 112 62
Terence Davis 15.6 158 67 54
Devontae Shuler 9.8 93 45 42
Blake Hinson 8.6 76 41 40
Bruce Stevens 8.1 90 26 21
KJ Buffen 6.1 57 54 3
Dominik Olejniczak 5.6 64 29 0
D.C. Davis 2.4 21 17 7
Luis Rodriguez 1.1 9 7 0

Ole Miss Rebounding Leaders

PLAYER OR DR TR RPG
Terence Davis 36 125 161 5.8
Bruce Stevens 36 91 127 4.5
KJ Buffen 42 81 123 4.4
Devontae Shuler 22 92 114 4.1
Dominik Olejniczak 34 54 88 3.1
Breein Tyree 11 76 87 3.1
Blake Hinson 18 56 74 2.7
D.C. Davis 15 29 44 1.6
Luis Rodriguez 10 16 26 1.2
Zach Naylor 7 10 17 0.9
Brian Halums 4 1 5 0.5
Antonio Morgano 1 0 1 0.2

Arkansas Scoring Leaders

PLAYER PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
Daniel Gafford 16.5 182 97 0
Isaiah Joe 14.3 127 47 98
Mason Jones 13.7 112 100 59
Jalen Harris 8.1 74 71 8
Adrio Bailey 5.7 64 30 2
Reggie Chaney 5.4 68 15 0
Keyshawn Embery-Simpson 4.4 42 18 21
Desi Sills 4.3 37 31 15
Gabe Osabuohien 3.1 31 19 5

Arkansas Rebounding Leaders

PLAYER OR DR TR RPG
Daniel Gafford 83 166 249 8.9
Mason Jones 14 96 110 3.9
Reggie Chaney 32 65 97 3.5
Adrio Bailey 26 65 91 3.3
Gabe Osabuohien 36 45 81 2.9
Jalen Harris 14 63 77 2.8
Isaiah Joe 16 56 72 2.6
Keyshawn Embery-Simpson 7 27 34 1.2
Desi Sills 10 22 32 1.1
Ethan Henderson 2 4 6 0.8
Jordan Phillips 1 4 5 0.7

NCAA RPI

Ole Miss: 38
Arkansas: 74

Ole Miss Roster

NO NAME POS HT WT CLASS HOMETOWN
#0 Blake Hinson G 6′-7″ 229 FR Deltona, FL
#1 Zach Naylor F 6′-7″ 220 JR Houston, TX
#2 Devontae Shuler G 6′-2″ 192 SO Irmo, SC
#3 Terence Davis G 6′-4″ 201 SR Southaven, MS
#4 Breein Tyree G 6′-2″ 192 JR Somerset, NJ
#5 Brian Halums G 6′-5″ 188 JR Hollandale, MS
#10 Carlos Curry F 6′-11″ 235 FR Albany, GA
#11 Franco Miller Jr. G 6′-2″ 202 FR Freeport, GB
#12 Bruce Stevens F 6′-8″ 252 SR Louin, MS
#13 Dominik Olejniczak C 7′-0″ 255 JR Torun, Poland
#14 KJ Buffen F 6′-7″ 220 FR Gainesville, GA
#15 Luis Rodriguez G 6′-6″ 202 FR Los Angeles, CA
#20 D.C. Davis G 5′-11″ 175 SR Purvis, MS
#30 Antonio Morgano G 5′-10″ 165 SO Morgantown, WV
#33 John McBride G 6′-5″ 216 FR Memphis, TN

Arkansas Roster

NO NAME POS HT WT CLASS HOMETOWN
#0 Desi Sills G 6′-2″ 196 FR Jonesboro, AR
#1 Isaiah Joe G 6′-5″ 167 FR Fort Smith, AR
#2 Adrio Bailey F 6′-6″ 222 JR Campti, LA
#3 Khalil Garland G 6′-5″ 198 FR Little Rock, AR
#4 Emeka Obukwelu F 6′-8″ 235 JR Plano, TX
#5 Jalen Harris G 6′-2″ 166 JR Wilson, NC
#10 Daniel Gafford F 6′-11″ 233 SO El Dorado, AR
#11 Keyshawn Embery-Simpson G 6′-3″ 202 FR Midwest City, OK
#12 Ty Stevens G 6′-2″ 180 SO Republic, MO
#13 Mason Jones G 6′-5″ 207 SO Warner, OK
#15 Jonathan Holmes G 5′-10″ 190 JR Columbia, IL
#22 Gabe Osabuohien F 6′-8″ 221 SO Toronto, ON
#23 Ibrahim Ali F 6′-10″ 244 FR Maumelle, AR
#24 Ethan Henderson F 6′-8″ 210 FR Little Rock, AR
#25 Jordan Phillips G 6′-7″ 209 FR Fort Worth, TX
#35 Reggie Chaney F 6′-8″ 222 FR Tulsa, OK

Ole Miss Schedule/Results

DATE OPPONENT SCORE
10-Nov vs W Michigan W 90-64
16-Nov at Butler L 83-76
20-Nov vs Nicholls W 75-55
Nov 23* vs Baylor W 78-70
Nov 24* vs Cincinnati L 71-57
28-Nov vs San Diego W 93-86
1-Dec vs UL Monroe W 83-60
8-Dec at Illinois State W 81-74
Dec 12* vs SE Louisiana W 69-47
16-Dec vs Chattanooga W 90-70
Dec 21* at Mid Tennessee W 74-56
29-Dec vs FGCU W 87-57
5-Jan at Vanderbilt W 81-71
9-Jan vs Auburn W 82-67
12-Jan at Mississippi State W 81-77
15-Jan vs LSU L 83-69
19-Jan vs Arkansas W 84-67
22-Jan at Alabama L 74-53
26-Jan vs Iowa State L 87-73
30-Jan at Florida L 90-86 OT
2-Feb vs Mississippi State L 81-75
6-Feb vs Texas A&M W 75-71
9-Feb at Georgia W 80-64
13-Feb at Auburn W 60-55
16-Feb vs Missouri W 75-65
19-Feb at South Carolina L 79-64
23-Feb vs Georgia W 72-71
27-Feb vs Tennessee L 73-71
2-Mar at Arkansas
5-Mar vs Kentucky
9-Mar at Missouri

Arkansas Schedule/Results

DATE OPPONENT SCORE
Nov 9* at Texas L 73-71
12-Nov vs UC Davis W 81-58
18-Nov vs Indiana W 73-72
21-Nov vs Montana State W 90-68
23-Nov vs UT Arlington W 78-60
1-Dec vs FIU W 121-89
5-Dec at Colorado State W 67-60
8-Dec vs W Kentucky L 78-77
Dec 15* vs UTSA W 79-67
19-Dec vs Georgia Tech L 69-65
22-Dec vs Texas State W 73-70
28-Dec vs Austin Peay W 76-65
5-Jan at Texas A&M W 73-71
9-Jan vs Florida L 57-51
12-Jan vs LSU L 94-88
15-Jan at Tennessee L 106-87
19-Jan at Ole Miss L 84-67
23-Jan vs Missouri W 72-60
26-Jan at Texas Tech L 67-64
29-Jan vs Georgia W 70-60
2-Feb at LSU W 90-89
5-Feb vs Vanderbilt W 69-66
9-Feb at South Carolina L 77-65
12-Feb at Missouri L 79-78
16-Feb vs Mississippi State L 77-67
20-Feb at Auburn L 79-56
23-Feb vs Texas A&M L 87-80
26-Feb at Kentucky L 70-66
2-Mar vs Ole Miss
6-Mar at Vanderbilt
9-Mar vs Alabama

Ole Miss-Arkansas Prediction

Ole Miss at Arkansas at the start of March. Guess which team is the NCAA Tournament team, and guess which team is clearly headed for the NIT, with its coach in huge trouble. Yep, it’s exactly the opposite of what you would expect. Ole Miss has a very thin NCAA Tournament history. Aside from the golden years of 1997 through 2002, you can count the Rebels’ NCAA appearances on one hand. Arkansas, in marked contrast, was one of the Cadillac programs in college basketball from the late 1970s through the early 2000s. Yet, as these teams prepare for Saturday’s game, the Rebels – not the Hogs – are making plans for March. Arkansas has been on a steady downward trajectory in recent weeks. There is little reason to think the Razorbacks will rally around Mike Anderson in a season which has flown off the rails. Ole Miss 76, Arkansas 67. (Matt Zemek)

This game tips off at Noon CT (1:00 PM ET). TV: SEC NETWORK.

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