TCU Horned Frogs at Ole Miss Rebels Game Preview


This Thursday, the Ole Miss Rebels (5-1) will host the TCU Horned Frogs (7-0). Yes, Rebel fans we are talking about Ole Miss basketball, and with the busyness of the Ole Miss football season, we have been delayed in providing coverage of the 2014-2015 Ole Miss Men’s Basketball season. This is actually our first article of the basketball season. So, expect this to be added with a preview of the season.

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  • The Rebels opened their season with a loss to Charleston Southern, 66-65 in overtime at home, and it seemed we’d have to prepare for a long struggle through the regular season. However, since the opening game loss, the Rebels have been on a bit of a hot streak. They’ve won four consecutive games. This included a 75-68 home win over #23 Creighton. The other wins come to very little credit against teams with team’s RPI Rankings. Yes, we are talking about RPI again. Basketball is the sport where strength of schedule. who you beat, and how bad you beat them is all that matters to rankings.

    As far as the Rebels’ offense this season, they’re ranked 126th nationally in points per game (71.5), 67th in rebounds per game (39.2), 234th in assists per game (11.5), and 147th in field goal percentage (.440). Those stats are not something to ooh and aah over, but it is definitely not the worst in the league. On defense, the Rebels stand a little taller with an 8th national ranking in points allowed per game (60.7), 40th in rebounds per game (27.8), 85th in blocks per game (4.5), and 56th in steals per game (8.3). On Thursday, they will face a TCU team that’s ranked 17th nationally in points allowed per game (54.7).

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    The Rebels are coming off a 66-54 win over coach Andy Kennedy’s old team, Cincinnati, in the inaugural Emerald Coast Classic. Junior guard Stefan Moody led the Rebels with a career-high 26 points in the win. Moody was named the tournament’s most valuable player. hit 9 of 17 shots including 3 of 7 from 3-point range, and averaged just 10 points coming into the game. Coach Kennedy had this to say about Moody:

    "“I’ve been telling people that this kid has got explosive scoring ability not unlike (the Denver Nuggets’) Nate Robinson in my opinion. Yet he has not played as well as he played tonight previously, but he stayed the course, stayed the course.”"

    Ole Miss Rebels Player Stats against Cincinnati
    M.J. Rhett, F293-50-00-1235000046
    Sebastian Saiz, F232-40-00-2066001144
    Stefan Moody, G299-173-75-60330201226
    Jarvis Summers, G312-80-04-6022510138
    Martavious Newby, G212-30-00-0336111034
    Dwight Coleby, C152-40-00-0213011234
    Marcanvis Hymon, F60-00-00-0000000020
    Anthony Perez, F61-21-10-0000000113
    Ladarius White, G243-61-22-2022000009
    Terence Smith, G161-20-00-1000200002
     Ole Miss Rebels Season Statistics
    Jarvis Summers173276728386258811011228101
    Stefan Moody145246224266287861117911122
    Ladarius White128254813161020732202291064
    M.J. Rhett13217308120042920292713
    Martavious Newby1181225111247391123349881
    Sebastian Saiz1331724260036724310934
    Dwight Coleby102815913002511152601123
    Aaron Jones42396601120441114
    Terence Smith996210219130111110312
    Anthony Perez55213441694262721
    Marcanvis Hymon3635120072462422
    Roderick Lawrence573150116747113220

    TCU is coming off a win over the Mississippi State Bulldogs (5-1). They are led by senior guard Kyan Anderson who is averaging 12.7 points per game.

    TCU Season Season Statistics
    Kyan Anderson170295619201230891892613111
    Kenrich Williams15624401119356218284610455
    Chris Washburn158244113320161113041132713
    Amric Fields479175902232353323
    Brandon Parrish1491636152541051710176931
    Trey Zeigler1531639162202488202812922
    Karviar Shepherd171174114200248192847111138
    Hudson Price99173147913472111311911
    Devonta Abron479139150027810182210
    Chauncey Collins79730101332227371010620
    Link Kabadyundi37683700153581316
    Christian Gore38462246140330511
    Michael Williams46691212141675200
    Charles Hill Jr.26212241570331410
    Dalton Dry2413021131231111

    Tip off between TCU and Ole Miss will be at 8:00 p.m. CST, and can be watched on ESPNU or WatchESPN.