If it feels like Ole Miss hoops just three weeks ago skated by Mizzou in Columbia, 76-73, that's because they did, and on National Signing Day to boot. That dandy saw Stefan Moody turn over a rather humdrum 23 points and eight rebounds, while the real hero of the night was Polish Prince* Tomasz Gielo, who downed two very important threes late to help seal the win.
*Editorial is still experimenting with alliterative nicknames for Gielo; this one earns a grade of "Meh."
Tuesday's scrap brings Kim Anderson's club to Oxford for a GET RED PARTY in The Pavilion, and at 10-17 (3-11 SEC), Missouri is limping across 2016's regular season finish line. Before Feb. 13 -- a win over hopelessly underperforming Tennessee -- the Tigers were riding a nine-game losing streak dating back to Jan. 12. But then, inexplicably, Mizzou bumped off the Vols and then South Carolina on Feb. 16, a 72-67 affair that placed Cocky in an elite group of teams that have lost to the Tigers this season: Auburn, Tennessee, and South Carolina. Amazing.
Ole Miss' conference fortunes have unfurled in rather less checkered fashion this year, but at 17-10 (7-7 SEC), the Rebs' tourney hopes orbit somewhere just this side of the Kuiper Belt, regardless of Chris Dobbertean's "in the hunt" nomination last week. Ole Miss' remaining schedule includes no team currently in the top 80 RPI, and they're on the wrong side of No. 70 in ESPN's College Basketball Power Index.
So, barring a Herculean display of sustained intestinal fortitude in Nashville, these Basketbears should content themselves with a middling NIT seed and little more, which is at least more than Mizzou can say this season.
How to watch:
Game Time: 8 p.m. CT
TV: SEC Network
Online Streaming: WatchESPN