The loss to Utah Monday night might have beaten the Rebels twice. Not only do they not get a win over a possible bubble team, now they face a really bad Rice team instead of UNLV. Ole Miss enters Wednesday’s game in a tough spot, as a loss to the Owls, ranked 276-of-351 in KenPom, would be a major dark blot on the resume early in the season.
Another day in Vegas = another day to get better pic.twitter.com/8izhwENZ7y— Ole Miss Basketball (@OleMissMBB) November 22, 2017
Ole Miss enters the game as a 19-point favorite, and should have an advantage on both ends of the floor. Offensively, Rice ranks 308th in turnover margin and just 270th in two-point field goal percentage. That is good news for the Rebels, who rank 42nd nationally in steal rate. Ole Miss will get some much needed relief inside, after playing a Utah team that matched up well in the paint, the tallest starter for Rice is just 6’6”.
The Rebels still need a big man to step up and demand minutes from Andy Kennedy. No forward scored in double figures Monday night, and the leading rebounder was Marcanvis Hymon with just four rebounds.
There isn’t much time to figure out who the Rebels can count on inside. After this beatdown, a perennial NCAA tournament team from the Summit League, South Dakota State and Virginia Tech visit Oxford ahead of Christmas break. Rice is the lowest-rated KenPom team on the schedule for the Rebels, so escaping with a win and no injuries should be the key for tonight’s game.
How to watch:
Where: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nev.
When: 9 p.m. CT
Online streaming: Watch ESPN