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Ole Miss basketball heads to Georgia

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The Rebels travel to Athens Saturday with a real chance to steal one on the road.

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Ole Miss (15-7 and 5-4 in the SEC) will face Georgia (10-12 and 1-8 in the SEC) in Athens Saturday afternoon in a game the Rebels really have to win to continue building an NCAA March Madness resume. The Rebels can’t really afford to slip up in this game against the #105 team in the NCAA’s new NET rankings.

Georgia’s path to success (maybe its only path, really) lies in the hands of sophomore big Nicolas Claxton. The South Carolina native is averaging 12.6 ppg and 9.3 rpg. Despite being 6’11”, he leads the team in assists (2.1), steals (1.3), and blocks (2.7). He’s the type of big who can be really tough to handle, given how quick he is. Dom and Bruce will have their work cut out for them.

The Rebels, however, should hold a huge advantage at the guard spots, where Georgia hasn’t really been able to sort much out. In fact, the guard who leads the unit in minutes only averages 21.2 minutes per game, and remember, we’re not talking about a team that gets up by a lot every game and pulls its best players. This UGA team has struggled to win games, and uncertainty and a lack of production from outside has fueled that.

Look for Terence Davis and Breein Tyree to go wild in this one.

How to watch

Tip-off: noon CT
TV: SEC Network
Online: WatchESPN

UGA/OM Comparison

. Ole Miss UGA
. Ole Miss UGA
NET rank 41 105
Record 15-7 10-12
Strength of schedule 47 38
Record vs. Group 1 teams 3-6 1-7
Best win 20 Auburn 38 Texas
Adj. offensive efficiency rank 25 95
Effective FG% rank 41 170
Adj. defensive efficiency rank 89 131
Opp. effective FG% rank 138 56
Adj. tempo rank 105 79