The Rebels lost a heartbreaker last Saturday in Alabama and hurt their chances of getting into the NCAA Tournament as a bubble team. If they want a shot to reach the tournament this season they will have to string together wins on the road as well as at home. The Rebels are on the road tonight against in-state rival Mississippi State.
The Rebs go into Starkville carrying a record of 14-8, 4-4 SEC with a pitiful record of 3-5 on the road. Tonight they go into The Hump, a place where they haven’t won since 2009 and are going up against a State team that has won 3 of its last 4 games since losing to Ole Miss in Oxford. This game is by far no easy task for the Rebels and even though we have already beaten them, we will have to play out of our minds to win in Starkville and get the season sweep on the Bulldogs.
Some of the key things that the Rebs do at home that they lack on the road is turnovers and three point shots. The Rebs aren’t the best three point shooting team at any venue, but at home this season they have really began to hit their stride and knock down early jumpers to get their team out ahead by 10 points to start the game. On the raod its a different story, although the Rebs are getting out ahead early in games like on the road against Alabama and Georgia. Turning the ball over is what lost the game for the Rebs last week against Alabama. Its like they were a completely different team going into the matchup and even though Bama has a great defense, the Rebs were careless when dribbling the ball.
The absolute biggest problem for the Rebels this season is the dreaded second half. For the first 20 minutes of a game the Rebs come out with a fire under them that allows them to lead the game at halftime by at least 6 points. Their woes come in the second half when they just let their opponent come back and beat them. This cannot happen against a great State team tonight.
Probable Starters (Ole Miss)
The position at point guard tonight could start with Freshman Jarvis Summers however, Jelan Kendrick has been getting more minutes at the point in recent games and with the bad game Summers had against Alabama last week he may put Kendrick in the starting lineup. Also Nick Williams has been our guy on the road thus far along with Terrence Henry. These two men need to step up especially in the second half to quiet the crowd in Starkville tonight.
Probable Starters (State)
Game Matchup (Ole Miss——–State)
Record: 14-8, 4-4 SEC———–18-5, 5-3 SEC
Average Points: 66.2————-73.8
Average Points Allowed: 64.2—–66.7
Away/Home Record: 3-5———-13-1
The keys that go into winning this game are pretty self explanatory. The Rebels need to stop turning the ball over, stop giving up second half leads, and keep the Bulldogs from hitting three pointers all night. If the Rebs can get this much needed road win it will put them back in the talks for a possible run for the NCAA Tournament this season. The game starts at 6:00 p.m. in Starkville, Mississippi so Rebel fans please turn on your televisions, if your not traveling to the game, and cheer on your Ole Miss Rebels. Hotty Toddy!