Ole Miss hoops carries a two-game winning streak up to Knoxville, Tenn. on Wednesday, where the team looks to close out the season’s home-and-home series with a pair of wins over the Volunteers. The Rebs took the opening salvo back on Jan. 17, 80-69, on the night that Rasheed Brooks suffered a seizure.
Since that game, Ole Miss has gone 3-2, while Tennessee has gone 4-1, including a 72-70 dogfight of a triumph over No. 4 Kentucky. Rick Barnes’ club is certainly trending up in the waning weeks of the regular season, and it’ll be a tall order for Andy Kennedy’s men to stop Tennessee’s momentum on their home floor.
The Vols are battle-hardened to the teeth. They’ve played one of the most murderous schedules in all of college basketball this season, and senior guard Robert Hubbs has emerged as a force of nature. He’s averaging 14.3 points per game, but he ripped off 25 in the win against Kentucky. Stopping him will be AK’s priority numero uno.
A win for Ole Miss probably doesn’t tip the Rebs’ NCAA Tournament scales either way; they’re most likely not getting in again this year. But a loss to these Rebs throws a very annoying monkey wrench into Tennessee’s designs on the big dance. And, further, just how #SECBasketballFever would it be for Rocky Top to beat Kentucky one week, then drop a stinker to Ole Miss miss the next? That’d be extremely #SECBasketballFever, thank you, and that’s your rooting interest story line for the night’s proceedings.
Here’s hoping Terence Davis and Sebastian Saiz can sustain their high level of play, because when TD in particular is clicking, he’s helluva a lot of fun to watch.
How to watch:
Where: Knoxville, Tenn.
Time: 5:30 p.m. CT
TV: SEC Network
Online Streaming: WatchESPN