Ole Miss will look to extend its winning streak against the No. 12 Kentucky Wildcats today at the historic Rupp Arena in Lexington.
The Rebels (13-11, 4-7 SEC) have won its last three conference games by double digits against South Carolina, Florida, and Mississippi State in the friendly confines of the Pavilion at Ole Miss. Now, coach Kermit Davis leads his squad into the harshest environment in the SEC against one of the most successful programs in the history of the sport.
Ole Miss has only beaten Kentucky (19-5, 9-2 SEC) twice in the 56 games the two teams have played at UK, and the Wildcats hold a 107-13 series lead, which is a tad bit lopsided. The last time the Rebels beat Kentucky at Rupp was in 1998, 73-64, back when Ansu Sesay and Rob Evans got Ole Miss ranked as high as No. 10 nationally and beat the eventual national champs on their home court.
Before that, the Rebels last win at Kentucky came in 1925 when they played with like hollowed out peach baskets for rims, and everyone was wearing boots, long pants and top hats to play in or some shit.
Kentucky holds the No. 24 ranking in the NET so far this season while the Rebs are sitting at No. 83, but it’s a far cry from the 110-120 range from ten days ago. Clearly, the Wildcats are a massive favorite by all metrics.
OK, we’ve paid our homage to Kentucky basketball now. They are usually very good, but John Calipari is still universally hated by Ole Miss fans from his time at Memphis and with the Wildcats. He’s won a ton at both with a level of bravado and swag making him unlikable by anyone not in Big Blue Nation.
Ole Miss will need another remarkable performance from senior guard Breein Tyree to have a chance today. Tyree dropped 40 points in the team’s last game against rival Mississippi State, and he is on a farewell tour of sorts against conference opponents - this will be his last chance to play in Rupp in red and blue and go out with a bang.
Kentucky is led by Tyrese Maxey, Ashton Hagans, Nick Richards, and Immanuel Quickley with Hagans being most likely one of the best guards in the country this year. Each of these four players average double digits points per game.
Keep your fingers crossed, Rebels. It’s college basketball, anything can happen.
Line: Kentucky -9.5
How to watch
Where: Rupp Arena, Lexington, Ky.
When: 1:00pm CST
Online streaming: WatchESPN