I'll spare you the reminder of what happened back in October on the football field, BUT just in case you forgot why that game even happened, it was part of a dual-sport agreement between Ole Miss and Memphis that includes four football games (two of which have already been played) as well as four basketball games.
This is the 40th match up between the two ball clubs, which is a number that seems low considering the rivalry dates all the way back to the William Howard Taft administration and only 90 miles separate the two programs. Friday marks the third time Andy Kennedy has faced Memphis as Ole Miss' head coach, splitting the previous two meetings. Memphis leads the all-time series 27-12.
Memphis coach Josh Pastner and John Calipari have more in common than one would expect, just check out this game note from David Kellum:
John Calipari in his 7th year at Memphis met Ole Miss in his 216th game & was 154-61. Josh Pastner meets Rebs 7th year, game 216, 155-60.— David Kellum (@RebVoice) December 18, 2015
The Tigers are not going to beat a lot of people by way of long distance shooting as they average just four 3-point field goals per game on 25% shooting from beyond the arch, but luckily for them, they don't have to.
Memphis is led by freshman Dedric Lawson, who averages almost 16 points and 9 rebounds per game on 47% shooting from his forward position. Lawson isn't the only Tiger getting it done down low; three out of Memphis' four scorers that average in double figures do it from the forward position.
If Ole Miss wants to leave the Bluff City with a W they must get contributions from Sebastian Saiz and company in the front court to counter Memphis' effectiveness down low.
How to watch:
Time: 7 p.m. CT
Where: FedEx Forum
Online streaming: WatchESPN.com