Prediction, Preview, and Odds
#751 Arkansas State vs.
#752 Ole Miss
Friday, November 8, 2019 at 7:00pm EST
Vaught-Hemmingway Stadium, University
Written by Joshua Broom



#751 Arkansas St University
#752 University of Mississippi


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Sunbelt meets SEC Friday as Ole Miss hosts Arkansas State. Last season, led by coach Kermit Davis, the Rebels enjoyed a 20-win campaign and NCAA Tournament berth.

Arkansas State finished their year 13-19 and buried in the Sunbelt with a 7-11 conference mark. Mike Balado begins his third year as the Red Wolves’ sideline leader. Balado sports a 24-40 record with Arkansas State.

J.J. Matthews had 10 points and 10 rebounds Wednesday night as the Red Wolves defeated lightly regarded Division II opponent Arkansas-Monticello 65-49.

Rebels welcome back potent core

Led by marquee SEC returning talents Breein Tyree, Devontae Shuler and Terence Davis, this Ole Miss squad is built to compete for an SEC title. Tyree (17.9 ppg), Davis (15.2) and Shuler (10.2) helped spark the Rebels’ first NCAA Tourney bid since 2015 . But it was reigning SEC Coach of the Year Kermit Davis’ philosophy which manifest an eight-game win increase in Oxford.

Always pushing the pace at 75.3 ppg vs. 2018-19’s 49th toughest schedule, the Rebels project to be stronger this season. While returning four of their top 2018-19 leading scorers, Ole Miss also secured a top-25 national recruiting class, headlined by Austin Crowley.

Red Wolves lose top scorer after hard-luck season

Following an uninspired 18-19 non-conference performance which included losses to lightweights Abilene Christian, Grand Canyon and North Carolina-Wilmington, heavy-hitters Minnesota and Syracuse also downed the Red Wolves.

It was that kind of season for Balado’s men as Arkansas State allowed 77.3 ppg while scoring 73.7 ppg vs. NCAA basketball’s #176th toughest schedule. Though, after losing Ty Cockfield’s 22.4 ppg, the summer was worse. This year's Red Wolves are projected among Division one’s weakest groups talent-wise. Friday’s venture among the SEC wolves should prove eye-opening for Arkansas State’s current roster.

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As of Thursday morning a line isn’t available for this meeting. However, given the on-paper personnel discrepancy, Ole Miss should cover any reasonable spread. Arkansas State is just not very good defensively. Expect Tyree, Shuler and Davis’ two-way experience to carry Ole Miss’ banner on opening night.

Prediction: Rebels cover

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Given Davis’ offensive reputation, and the fact Ole Miss averaged 75.3 ppg last year, this game should go over without much help from Arkansas State. Though, if the Red Wolves do surprise by adding offense those buckets will likely come from Jerry Johnson Jr. and Marquis Eaton.

Prediction: Over

Written By Joshua Broom

A lifelong sports enthusiast, Joshua Broom has lent his thirty-plus years of insight to several sports outlets and has appeared on national radio to talk hoops. Now a dedicated handicapper, Joshua avidly critiques NBA, MLB and college and professional basketball and football trends for the betting public. Check out his picks today at Stat Salt to get a leg up on your bookie.