Two teams that are off to disappointing starts to the season will match-up on Tuesday night when Florida hosts Ole Miss. The Gators are 10-5 and are coming off a blowout loss to Missouri on Saturday. Ole Miss is 9-6 and has lost its first two conference games of the season. The Rebels lost to Arkansas on Saturday. Florida has won six of the last 10 head-to-head meetings, but Ole Miss has covered in nine of the last 10.
Rebels in need of winOle Miss has only picked up one win against a power conference team this season—a two-point win against Penn State in November. The Rebels have struggled lately, losing their first three games of the decade. They opened with a 20-point loss on the road against No. 24 Wichita State and then lost by 10 to Texas A&M in their next game. On Saturday, Ole Miss hosted Arkansas and lost by four points. The Rebels led by six points at halftime, but the Razorbacks outscored them by 10 points in the second half to grab the win. Isaiah Joe scored 34 points, including 26 in the second half, to propel Arkansas to the win.
The Rebels are led by senior guard Breein Tyree, who is scoring 17.8 points per game. Tyree leads the team in made 3-pointers, connecting on 33 of 94 attempts from beyond the arc. Sophomore wing Blake Hinson is scoring 11.0 points per game and is grabbing 4.6 rebounds per game. Hinson is shooting 35.8 percent from distance, making 19 of 53 attempts. Junior guard Devontae Shuler is the only other player in double figures, scoring 10.9 points per game. He is dishing out a team-high 4.1 assists per contest. Sophomore forward KJ Buffen is leading Ole Miss in rebounding, grabbing 6.6 boards per game to go along with 9.7 points per game.
Florida coming off ugly lossFlorida appeared to have bounced back from some disappointing losses, winning its first two SEC games of the year against Alabama and South Carolina. The Gators erased a 21-point second-half deficit against the Crimson Tide and won the game in double overtime. They eased their way to a road victory against South Carolina, winning 81-68. Saturday’s road game was likely Florida’s worst outing of the season. The Gators went on the road to Missouri, which has one of the worst offenses in college basketball. However, Florida allowed the Tigers to score 91 points. Missouri outscored the Gators 51-36 in the first half and cruised to a 91-75 win.
The Gators are led by senior forward Kerry Blackshear Jr., who transferred from Virginia Tech during the summer. Blackshear is scoring 15.1 points per game and is nearly averaging a double-double with 8.4 rebounds per game. He can stretch the floor, knocking down 14 3-pointers this season. Sophomore forward Keyontae Johnson is scoring 12.9 points per game and is pulling down 6.8 rebounds per game. Sophomore guard Andrew Nembhard is scoring 11.1 points per game and is dishing out a team-high 5.9 assists per outing. Sophomore guard Noah Locke is also in double figures, scoring 10.0 points per contest.
Ole Miss is:
- 11-1 ATS in its last 12 against Florida
- 7-0 ATS in its last seven road games against Florida
- 5-11 ATS in its last 16 games overall
- 1-14 ATS in its last 15 home games