After a topsy-turvy November, Andy Kennedy and the Ole Miss hoopsters had an easy week of post-Thanksgiving digestion following a scrappy second-half victory over Bradley. Stefan Moody continued his season's mission of points monster with 21 smackeroos on the day, while Sebastian Saiz appeared to awake from a three-week coma to hand in 18 points and nine rebounds.
Ole Miss is now 5-2 with just three weeks left before SEC play commences against Kentucky. Before then, however, the Rebs have UMass (5-1) and Memphis (4-2) to contend with -- among others of lowly to middling stock -- and Saturday's bout checks another "neutral site" game off the schedule, insofar as UMass' physical campus is located in Amherst, which is about 25 miles from game site in Springfield.
Even so, this trip is a long haul for the Basketbears -- as the Peoria, Ill. trip was but a week ago -- and the Minutemen have historically been no slouch out on the sticks. They made every NCAA Tournament from 1991 to 1998, back when a certain John Calipari was belching troop movements from the bench. Jabarie Hinds, Trey Davis, and Donte Clark are all averaging in the upper teens for points per game, and the team as a whole shoots fairly well from downtown at 41 percent. This is the first meeting between the Rebs and Minutemen, and it ought to be a good one.
How to watch
Game Time: 3 p.m. CT
Online Streaming: NBC Sports Live Extra