Ole Miss basketball will look to bounce back from humbling road loss against Alabama when it hosts Wichita State.
The Rebels (5-2, 0-1 SEC) have a perfect record at home though it was against less than heralded opponents. The Shockers (5-2, 2-0 AAC) have a perfect 2-0 record on the road, so something has to give in this one.
If the Rebels are going to pull off the upset in this game, it will have to avoid the mistakes from its last game with Bama. First and foremost, its starting guards combined for 10 points, and scoring got off to a slow start. Ole Miss is second in the SEC in points per game defense, and its tempo is much more plodding than in years past. If coach Kermit Davis is wanting to be a defense first kind of team, the Rebels have to build leads early and let its system go to work from there.
WSU has already played top 25 Missouri (72-62 loss) and Oklahoma St. (67-64 loss), which should have them fairly battle tested from a competition standpoint entering today’s game. Tyson Etienne leads the team in scoring with more than 15 points per game while the Shockers have a solid rotation of eight players who average five or more points per game.
Ole Miss is led by senior guard Devontae Shuler at 13.9 points per game, but last time out he failed to reach double digits. It’s clear the coaches are expecting Shuler to fill the void left by Breein Tyree, but his outside shot was just not falling on Tuesday - maybe that changes today.
The game with WSU starts a three game homestand for Ole Miss with Auburn and South Carolina on deck in the next week.
Line: Ole Miss +8.5
How to watch
Where: The Pavilion at Ole Miss, Oxford, Miss.
When: 5:00pm CDT
Online streaming: WatchESPN