Exams are finished, and the Rebels can finally focus on things that actually matter — building back their crumbling NCAA tournament résumé. Ole Miss dropped two consecutive overtime games in a row, the last coming in an 83-80 loss to ACC contender Virginia Tech. Middle Tennessee already has an SEC win, a 66-63 road victory Wednesday at Vanderbilt.
For Ole Miss to get a Ken Pom top 100 road win, they’ll need to stop Nick King. If that name sounds familiar, it’s because King left the Memphis program and chose Alabama over Ole Miss before using his graduate transfer to arrive in Murfreesboro. King is averaging 24 points and nearly seven rebounds on very high usage numbers — he takes 35.5 percent of the Blue Raiders shots, good for 17th nationally.
Andy Kennedy shouldn’t need to remind the Rebels the whipping Middle Tennessee gave out last year in Oxford. The Blue Raiders led 46-19 at the half and shot 9-16 from three-point range. This year’s teams doesn’t possess the same offensive sharpshooting as the last, but the former-top 50 recruit King more than makes up for it.
Time is running out for Ole Miss to find a solution down low. The guards scored 64 of the Rebels’ 80 points last week against Virginia Tech, and that is no outlier. Dominik Olejniczak has been a disappointment on the offensive end and an outright liability defensively. Against the Hokies, Olejniczak fouled out in just nine minutes of play. There simply isn’t enough depth in the front court to overcome that lack of output, no matter how dominant Terence Davis may be.
Below is all the information you need to watch.
How to watch:
When: Saturday, 5 p.m. CT
Online streaming: Stadium on Facebook Live