Ole Miss basketball will head to Tuscaloosa to take on the Crimson Tide Wednesday night, and they’ll need a win to keep their slim NCAA tournament hopes alive. This is the only meeting between the SEC West rivals this season, but the Rebels have won three of their last four against the Tide.
Alabama has lost two games in a row, their latest a weirdo 60-55 bumble against Georgia and a 56-53 whatever at Texas A&M. #SECBasketballFever, baby.
The Rebels, meanwhile, have won eight of their last 11 and are coming off a nail-biting 80-77 win over bottom dwellers Missouri for their tenth-straight win over teams with a Tiger mascot. That surely means something, but we’re not doctored enough to explain why.
This trip won’t be easy for Andy Kennedy’s squad, as the two teams appear to be pretty evenly matched. Alabama checks in at No. 68 overall in KenPom.com’s rankings, while Ole Miss comes in at No. 76. The Rebels’ offense, ranked a nice 69th in efficiency, will face a strong test, as the Crimson Tide defense ranks 14th in efficiency and is second in the SEC in scoring defense.
If Ole Miss is able to get stops, however, they’ll have the advantage. Alabama really struggles to score, as they rank 179th in offensive efficiency. The Crimson Tide held A&M to 31 percent shooting and 16..7 percent from three point land, but still lost because they shot just 34 percent themselves. In their loss to Georgia, they shot just 33 percent and 16.7 percent from deep.
Ole Miss’s offense, meanwhile, is trending in the opposite direction. They’ve averaged 86.6 points per game over their last five, and 83.5 over their last eight. If the Rebel offense is able to continue its strong run and the defense doesn’t get complacent, they’ll exit Coleman Coliseum with a win.
How to watch:
Where: Tuscaloosa, Ala.
When: 7:30 p.m. CT
TV: SEC Network
Online Streaming: WatchESPN