Ole Miss fans have to hold hope today’s game against Georgia is a get right opportunity for a season seemingly sliding in the wrong direction.
The Rebels (6-5, 1-3 SEC) and Bulldogs (7-4, 0-4 SEC) are both reeling in Southeastern Conference play entering Saturday’s contest. Additionally, both teams are still playing around with its rosters, trying to find the best fit for a run in conference play.
Georgia has been led this season in scoring by Sahvir Wheeler with 14.2 points per game, but coach Tom Crean dropped KD Johnson into his first game of the season against Auburn this week who responded with 21 points, seven rebounds and four steals. Ultimately, the Tigers won by double digits, so Johnson may not be a factor in today’s game or could be the spark Georgia needs to correct a spiraling season.
Ole Miss, meanwhile, has seen six different starting five hit the court in its 11 games played. The Rebels are led in scoring by senior guard Devontae Shuler, but the defense has been the focal point for this season as Ole Miss is second in the SEC in scoring defense. Guard Luis Rodriguez also leads the SEC in steals with 22, and the Rebels are 17th nationally in creating turnovers.
The Bulldogs average more than 18 turnovers a game, so there could be a good possibility for the Rebels to get into transition if Georgia is sloppy offensively. Georgia is 0-2 on the road in SEC play with a two-point loss at LSU and a 30-point blowout at Arkansas.
Last season, Georgia ended Ole Miss’ season at the SEC Tournament, but the Rebels did have a 10-point win in Athens over the Bulldogs earlier in the season. My gut is telling me Ole Miss will have every chance to win this game and get some momentum heading into a tough stretch of three of the next four games on the road in SEC play.
Line: Ole Miss -8
How to watch
Where: The Pavilion at Ole Miss, Oxford, Miss.
When: 11:00am CDT
Online streaming: WatchESPN