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 coreLed 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 seasonFollowing 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.
RED WOLVES WIN!!! pic.twitter.com/Wf4YRL8kj3— AStateMB (@AStateMB) November 7, 2019
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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- Red Wolves are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 Friday games.
- Red Wolves are 5-13 ATS in their last 18 games overall.
- Red Wolves are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games.
- Rebels are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Friday games.
- Rebels are 11-3 ATS in their last 14 non-conference games.
- Rebels are 24-10 ATS in their last 34 games overall.