When Ole Miss faces Arkansas Saturday at noon, a lot will be on the line. It’s not necessarily a must-win, but if the Rebels were to lose, there would be tremendous pressure to either beat Kentucky or make a decent run in the SEC tournament.
Back in mid-January, Ole Miss hosted the Razorbacks and coasted to an 84-67 victory. Dominik Olejniczak scored 13 points with five rebounds and somehow kept NBA-bound Daniel Gafford at bay (9 points, 10 rebounds on 2/6 shooting). Bruce Stevens also went for 14 points and 7 rebounds as the Ole Miss bigs couldn’t be stopped. It was.... weird.
Since that time, the Rebels have maintained their hopes of the NCAA tournament. The most recent ESPN bracketology projects Ole Miss as a 9-seed. On the other hand, the Razorback have lost six games in a row, though they did get within four points of upsetting Kentucky Tuesday night.
Undoubtedly, one of the traditionally more difficult places to play in the SEC is Bud Walton Arena regardless of how good Arkansas is. The physical location of it is not close to anything, anywhere, but it’s enormous and full of hill country Arkansas fans who come out of their walled up compounds to call the Hogs religiously.
For the Rebels to win, they’ll need to keep Gafford in check again and not fall into matching Arkansas’ pace. If they do that, handle the road environment and Breein Tyree and Terence Davis don’t force too many bad shots, the Rebels should walk away with the victory.
How to watch
Where: Fayetteville, Arkansas
TV: SEC Network
Online streaming: WatchESPN
Ole Miss vs. Arkansas Comparison
|Strength of schedule||48||44|
|Record vs. Group 1 teams||5-8||2-9|
|Best win||23 Auburn||13 LSU|
|Adj. offensive efficiency rank||38||90|
|Effective FG% rank||66||186|
|Adj. defensive efficiency rank||54||62|
|Opp. effective FG% rank||137||138|
|Adj. tempo rank||118||44|