|Ole Miss O||La Salle D||La Salle O||Ole Miss D|
|eFG%||49.1% (138)||49.3% (200)||52.0% (50)||46.1% (72)|
|TO%||15.8% (8)||21.7% (78)||17.2% (30)||21.6% (82)|
|OR%||33.8% (101)||33.3% (243)||29.2% (252)||31.9% (167)|
|28.8 (31)||31.4 (285)||31.0 (65)|
The Rebels try for a school record 28th win and a second ever trip to the Sweet 16 tomorrow evening here in KC. On paper at least, this seems to be a favorable match up for the Rebels, particularly Reginald Buckner and Murphy Holloway. While La Salle does an excellent job guarding the perimeter, opponents shoot 50.2% and score 64.3% of points on 2-pointers. La Salle also struggles rebounding the ball as evidenced by the numbers above. Yesterday against KState, they played one guy 6-8. Everyone else was 6-6 or shorter.
If Buckner shows up focused like he has during the current 6-game winning streak, this is a game in which he can dominate. On offense, the Explorers get a lot of shots blocked and rely heavily on the 3. If we will play the same attacking, active D that bottled up Wisconsin yesterday, La Salle will likely have similar struggles scoring. They had tired legs yesterday in the second half and that's a bad omen for a jump shooting team.
AK's game planning has been outstanding during this winning streak, and I don't see that stopping now. This is an easy plan - pound the ball inside on offense and guard the perimeter on D. Use Marshall Henderson as a decoy on offense early on while Buck and Murph go to work. Once the Explorers are battered and bruised, bury them under a barrage of Marshall Madness.
Ole Miss 74 La Salle 56
A focused Rebel team plays one of its best games of the year
Double doubles for Buck and Murph
Offensive eFG% of 55.0%+, defensive eFG% of <40,0%
(As always, rankings pulled from kenpom.com, quite possibly the coolest site on the whole wide intertubes... Red Cup Rebellion excluded of course)