The Rebels (13-14, 4-10) have essentially no chance to make the NCAA tournament at this point, having dropped each of their last three games. Rebel players have been horribly inconsistent all year outside of Breein Tyree’s steady offensive production. A once promising year is basically over.
Except it’s not. We at the Cup checked the rules, and Ole Miss basketball still has to play the last four games, as well as any SEC tournament games for which it qualifies. I know. It’s frustrating to me too.
So we see the Rebels travel to No. 15 Auburn (23-4, 10-4), a team Kermit Davis has beaten twice and played close once in his three meetings so far. There’s something about Ole Miss’ ability to be methodical against Auburn in ways it isn’t against other teams that seems to keep the Rebels in these games. The Rebels have consistently tried to slow down the Tigers, and it has generally worked. Tonight....may be a different story.
Auburn is led by senior guards Samir Doughty (16.2 points per game) and J’Von McCormick (12.0). Senior center Austin Wiley attacks the glass with authority, and the Tigers are tough to stop. In fact, the Tigers have only lost four games this entire year. Four. But here are the teams the Tigers lost to: Alabama, Florida, Missouri, and UGA. The last time the Tigers played Ole Miss, they walked out of the Tav Pav with an 83-82 double overtime victory.
For the most part, luck has simply been on their side.
So we come to tonight’s matchup. Auburn is playing for NCAA tournament seeding at this point. Ole Miss is playing for...
Kermit Davis has given his bench players plenty of opportunity to prove themselves worthy of their scholarships thus far, and they’ve struggled to do so. Here’s another chance for them, as with the season winding down he likely won’t push KJ Buffen, who is coming off a back injury.
Line: Auburn -8.5
How to watch
Where: Auburn Arena, Auburn, Ala.
When: 6:00pm CST
TV: SEC Network
Online streaming: WatchESPN