Tonight at the Pavilion it’s all about Breein Tyree and his final game on the home court for the Ole Miss Rebels. Neither the Rebels nor the Tigers have much to play for at this point. Missouri (14-15, 6-10 SEC) isn’t doing anything this postseason, and Ole Miss (14-15, 5-11) isn’t either.
At some point, it gets hard to figure out new ways to say the same thing: this Ole Miss team isn’t especially good, and the bench production is atrocious.
Ole Miss fans should be paying attention to a few things over these last three games though as they prepare for an offseason of change. First, which bench players continue to see minutes? That might give us an inclination as to who might still be on roster next season. Second, do Sammy Hunter and Austin Crowley build off their significant outings against Vanderbilt which saw Hunter block three shots and Crowley dish out eight assists?
If Hunter can ultimately become an imposing force, he’ll help the team a ton next season as it takes on a new identity that doesn’t center around Tyree. Similarly, if Crowley can become a confident passer, when combined with his three point shooting, he can open up some things for the rest of the offense.
Speaking of three point shooting, it would be nice to see KJ Buffen attempt open threes, given that if he doesn’t opposing defenses just get an extra dude when he’s past midrange. Even as good as he flashes offensively, if he doesn’t develop a shot from range, he’s a liability offensively when he’s in the game.
Lastly, it would be good to see Blake Hinson shoot more efficiently. If we saw him reduce the number of early shot clock, contested corner threes, that would be.... alright with me.
Tonight is only one game, and it’s not one that really matters, but for a few people on the roster, it could mean a whole lot.
Line: Ole Miss -4.5
How to watch
Where: The Pavilion at Ole Miss, Oxford, Miss.
When: 8:00pm CST
TV: SEC Network
Online streaming: WatchESPN