Ole Miss basketball will look to break a Bud Walton curse plaguing the Rebels the last five years as it takes on Arkansas in Fayetteville tonight.
The Rebels (8-6, 3-4 SEC) have not won in Bud Walton Arena since 2015, but Ole Miss is currently riding a two-game SEC winning streak awakening hopes of a push to relevancy in conference play.
Arkansas (12-4, 4-4 SEC) is riding a two-game win streak of its own, however the Razorbacks seem to be in a much different place this season. Three of its four SEC losses came to the top 25 programs in the conference and has only one loss at home. Arkansas also has five players averaging double digits in points per game as the team totals for 85 PPG. It’s an opportunistic, up tempo style of play (14th nationally in possessions) completely opposite of the Rebels (251st nationally).
Ole Miss has taken tempo to a grinding halt this season, and when it works, the Rebels are very successful (8-0 when opponents score less than 65). Ball security will need to be top of mind for senior guard Devontae Shuler who continues to lead Ole Miss in scoring at nearly 15 points per game. Further enhancing the Rebel offense is transfer guard Jarkel Joiner of late who has scored more than 20 points in two of the last three games.
If Joiner and Shuler could both pop off 20 points and the Rebels control the flow of the game, it could mean an upset in NWA.
Line: Ole Miss +4.5
How to watch
Where: Bud Walton Arena, Fayetteville, Ark.
When: 7:30pm CDT
TV: SEC Network
Online streaming: WatchESPN