Despite a disappointing performance Tuesday night the 2018-2019 Ole Miss basketball season must go forward with yet another tough matchup.
Coach Kermit Davis and Ole Miss basketball (13-3, 3-1) had a rough game Tuesday night as they fell 83-69 to the LSU Tigers (13-3, 3-0) in The Pavilion. The SEC is a tough conference and the matchups don’t really get any easier moving forward. In fact this Saturday will be another tough SEC game for Davis and the Rebels as they host the Arkansas Razorbacks in The Pavilion in Oxford.
The Arkansas Razorbacks (10-6, 1-3) have had a rough season so far but still have a very tough and talented team. The Hogs one SEC win came over Texas A&M and the three losses came to Florida, LSU and most recently a 106-87 loss to No.3 Tennessee. Despite the record Arkansas is a very deep team which is loaded with stars. We will take a closer look at some of their key players.
Razorbacks Key Players
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Coached by Mike Anderson the Hogs are loaded with some very good players. Leading all Hogs in scoring is sophomore forward Daniel Gafford who averages 17.0 points per game. Gafford also leads the team in rebounds and blocks with 9.3 boards and 2.1 blocks per game. Gafford averages 0.8 assists per game.
Freshman guard Isaiah Joe leads Arkansas in 3-point field goal percentage hitting 44.3% from beyond the arc. Joe also lead the Hogs in steals averaging 1.6 per game. The Arkansas assists lead is junior guard Jalen Harris who averages 6.4 assists per game. Harris also averages 8.6 points and 2.6 rebounds per game.
The Arkansas Razorbacks have always had a record of being a very tough SEC team to beat whether at home or on the road. The Razorbacks have a very well coached team who have a deep rotation and anybody can have a big scoring game for the Hogs.
Coach Kermit Davis and the Rebels will have to be great on defense and especially in the paint where the Hogs can thrive if given the chance.
Offensively the Rebels have to minimize turnovers which have been a significant problem for the Rebels. Even in the Rebels wins turnovers have been an issue but were especially prevalent in their losses. We watched turnovers against LSU which led to Tigers points. Keep in mind the Hogs played LSU to an overtime loss just a week ago.
One win does not make a season and neither does one loss. Coach Kermit Davis is a great coach who will have the Rebels on the right track once again this Saturday. Tipoff from The Pavilion in Oxford is set for 12pm CT Saturday and the game will be televised via the SEC Network. Good luck to coach Kermit Davis and the Rebels. BEAT THE HOGS! Hotty Toddy!