The Ole Miss Rebels basketball program is off to a 6-0 start under new head coach Chris Beard - is it too early to say bubble team Ole Miss again?
After squeezing by Detroit Mercy and Sam Houston State at home, the Rebs went on the road and beat Temple before coming back home and demolishing NC State. BUBBLE TEAM OLE MISS.
On Saturday, Ole Miss (6-0) will have an opportunity for a true statement win and resume booster when it hosts a really good Memphis (5-1) squad who knocked off Missouri, Michigan and Arkansas. This is game two of Culture Week in Oxford and what a culture building win this could be.
The game is officially sold out, so tickets are only available through the secondary market or one of those guys with the “I need tickets” signs on Chucky Mullins Dr. Currently the cheapest I can find on SeatGeek are going for $43 each in the upper deck. So if you have tickets, figure out a way to be there and be loud, or give them to the most obnoxious Ole Miss fan you know.
Of note, this game will mean just a little more for a couple of former Rebs. Matthew Murrell attended high school in Memphis and Moussa Cisse was just ruled eligible, in time to face the college he committed to out of Lausanne Collegiate High School.
Both squads hang their hats on the defensive side of the ball, but each seem to be finding their groove on offense. In its one lone loss of the season, the Tigers allowed all of Villanova’s starters to get into double digits scoring, and while the final was 79-63, Memphis was down by as many as 35 in the game.
So important to note if the Rebels get up early, Memphis is definitely going to make a run at some point. Rebel fans may also recognize the name Jahvon Quinerly on the Memphis roster who is averaging 11.5 points and 4.3 assists per game. Quinerly spent the last three years at Alabama, so a return trip to the SJB Pavilion will not be new territory for the senior guard.
Currently, KenPom has Memphis at No. 38 in the country and ESPN Bracketology lists the Tigers as a 7-seed in the NCAA Tournament. The Rebels are not yet included in the Bracketology ranking and are sitting at No. 102 nationally in KenPom.
One common opponent already this year is Alabama St. who were defeated by both Ole Miss and Memphis. The Rebels won its game against the Hornets 69-59 while the Tigers won 92-75. With some matching SEC opponents on both schedules, this will be an incredible barometer for what this Rebel team will be capable of this season.
How to Watch
What: Ole Miss vs. Memphis men’s basketball
Where: The Sandy and John Black Pavilion, Oxford, MS.
When: Saturday, December 2nd, 1:00 pm