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
|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|