This is a big game for Ole Miss as they sit on the bubble for a NCAAT berth. We are in the role of spoiler so hopefully we can send the Black Bears back to Oxford on the wrong side of said bubble.
Ole Miss official preview.
Ole Miss brings in a 2 man scoring attack in Marshall "Eminem/Slim Shady" Henderson dropping 19.4 PPGs with Jarvis Summers averaging 17.4. Eminem isn't having a good year despite the scoring average as he's under 40% overall and from beyond the arc. That doesn't stop him from chucking it up though. Summers on the other hand is having a solid year shooting over 50% from the field and from 3. He also leads the team in assists. I would like our D to focus on Summers and let Slim Shady throw up a bunch of shots providing we can grab some boards (we are last in the SEC in this).
Watch Aaron Jones and Sebastian Saiz inside as both are pulling over 6 boards a game. Both are not big offensive threats, but could get some cheap baskets due to our inability to block out/rebound.
Those are the ones to watch... and to be honest outside of Slim Shady/Summers they don't have much on the offensive end yet somehow drop 77.5 PPG.
- -2.9 rebound margin
- 7.7 steals
- 6.5 blocks
On paper we match up well with them and on the court this is a winnable game for us. I would like to see Jacobs or Taylor produce inside so Releford can drop 20 or so on them. I'd also like to see Cooper continue being aggressive with the ball... as long as he plays under control.
Game is on ESPNU at 9PM EST (8PM CST) and on watchespn.com if you have appropriate access (meaning you pay for ESPNU in your cable/satellite plan). Or you can get creative...