ONCE MORE UNTO THE BREACH DEAR FRIENDS ONCE MORE!
Yes, it us, your premier Shakespearean quoting Ole Miss basketball blog. Ole Billy Shakes probably couldn’t have come up with the tragedy playing out this season for Ole Miss fans, however, as the Rebels are looking to avoid a 0-6 start in conference, which would be the worst start to SEC play in like 30 years or so.
Ole Miss (9-9, 0-5) is on the road in Athens against the Georgia Bulldogs (11-7, 1-4 SEC) with head coach Tom Crean. UGA is a two-headed monster led by freshman star Anthony Edwards who is 100 percent going to be in the NBA this fall. Edwards is averaging nearly 19 points per game, and his main help on offense is Rayshaun Hammonds, a productive big who averages 14 points and eight rebounds per game.
The Bulldogs can play at a pretty high level clearly from its impressive win on the road against Memphis. It also has had some head scratching performances like losing by 32 on the road to Mississippi St. Don’t let the 1-4 SEC record fool you though as UGA has already played Kentucky twice and Auburn — the only top 25 SEC schools.
It’s unlikely you’ll see a packed out Stegeman Coliseum for the afternoon tip, but the Rebels did sweep UGA last season for the first time since 1989. Undoubtedly, Crean and Co. will want to come out hot and stymie any hopes the Rebels have to get its first SEC win this year.
Center Khadim Sy will have his hands full with Hammonds, and this will be the match-up to watch as Edwards and Rebel Breein Tyree go shot-for-shot against each other.
Ole Miss will rely on Tyree to lead in scoring again as the senior guard is currently leading the league in conference game scoring at nearly 27 points per game. Edwards coincidentally is in second behind him at 20 points per game in SEC play.
You’ve got to feel at some point that head coach Kermit Davis is going to figure out the way for this team to win another meaningful game. Whether it happens tonight or later in the year, I can’t fathom going from NCAA tournament to 0-18 in the SEC in one year, the team has enough talent to find a few wins somewhere. The Rebels are in a stretch of five road games over the last seven games this season, so the good news is more home games are on the way down the last 12 games of the season.
Line: Georgia -6.5
How to watch
Where: Stegeman Coliseum, Athens, Ga.
When: 4:30pm CST
TV: SEC Network
Online streaming: WatchESPN