Sophomore guard Terence Davis earned himself SEC Player of the Week honors after going on an absolute tear in the Basketbears’ wins over Tennessee and Missouri. The feat makes Davis the second Rebel in Andy Kennedy’s stable to garner the award this season, following Sebastian Saiz’s big time performance in November’s Virgin Islands Paradise Jam.
Davis’ 19 points and 11 rebounds per game in the Rebs’ last two outings — though coming against admittedly weak conference competition — lead the team into a pretty rough slate of home games over the next six days: Texas A&M on Wednesday, No. 5 Baylor Saturday, and Mississippi State next Tuesday. AK’s men now commence the heart of their conference schedule, with a top-10 Baylor club thrown in besides, and it’s here that the team must fall into rhythm and earn whatever big dance or NIT bid awaits them.
For A&M (10-8, 2-5 SEC), the Aggies have seen some things. Billy Kennedy’s outfit sport losses to USC, UCLA, Arizona, Kentucky and South Carolina this season. They somehow overcame Virginia Tech in a November tournament, perhaps before the Hokies reshaped themselves into one of college basketball’s most exciting teams. The Aggies are fresh off a 63-62 win over Georgia, a score most befitting #SECBasketballFever.
Interestingly, TAMU ranks sixth in the conference in Sports Reference’s simple rating system, which measures average scoring margin adjusted for opponents. Ole Miss sits down at No. 11. KenPom’s math also likes the Aggies better than the Rebels, with A&M ranked No. 65 to Ole Miss’ No. 89. At least this one’s at home.
The Clarion-Ledger’s Antonio Morales also told me that AK expects Rasheed Brooks not to play Wednesday night, as he continues to recover and find out more information after suffering a mid-game seizure last week. Feel better, Sheed.
How to watch:
Where: Oxford, Miss.
When: 6:30 p.m. CT
Online Streaming: WatchESPN