Ole Miss (16-12) at Arkansas (18-11)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Tuesday, February 28th, 7:00 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Bud Walton Arena (19,368) -- Fayetteville, Arkansas. Television: ESPNU. Home Record: Ole Miss 11-2, Arkansas 17-2. Away Record: Ole Miss 3-8, Arkansas 1-8. Neutral Record: Ole Miss 2-2, Arkansas 0-1. Conference Record: Ole Miss 6-8, Arkansas 6-8. Series Record: Arkansas leads 41-27.
GAMES NOTES: With both teams tied near the middle of the conference the Ole Miss Rebels and the Arkansas Razorbacks will attempt to create some separation with the regular season coming to a close, as the two meet in SEC action at Bud Walton Arena this evening.
This is the second meeting between these squads this season with Ole Miss putting up a 71-63 win over Arkansas at home on January 11th. The win is the fourth straight and seventh in the last eight meetings for the Rebels who still trail in the all-time series at 41-27.
Ole Miss is a respectable 16-12 on the season, but has not been able to get much traction in conference play, compiling just a 6-8 mark. The Rebels ended a three-game losing streak last time out with a convincing 72-48 win over LSU on Saturday. Ole Miss will finish up the regular season on Saturday when the Rebels host Alabama.
Arkansas has had a very similar season, with two wins more overall than the Rebels at 18-11, but an identical 6-8 mark in the SEC. The record is tied with Ole Miss and Mississippi State for seventh in the conference. The Razorbacks also ended a three-game losing streak on Saturday with a 77-71 win on the road over Auburn. Arkansas closes out the season on the road against Mississippi State on Saturday.
Ole Miss shot at a 46.9 percent clip in its win over LSU but was even more effective defensively in holding the Tigers to just 31.0 percent, while outscoring LSU 22-8 at the free-throw line.
As a squad, Ole Miss has found its main strength on the boards in bringing down 38.1 rebounds per game, ranking second in the conference. In terms of scoring and defense the Rebels are near the middle of the conference scoring 66.0 points and allowing 65.6 per game. Senior forward Terrance Henry (12.2 ppg) has been the team's leading offensive threat this season and he poured in 21 points against LSU. Murphy Holloway (11.0 ppg, 8.6 rpg) and Nick Williams (10.3 ppg) are the other scorers averaging in double figures for the Rebels this season with Holloway being the team's leading rebounder. Reginald Buckner (6.8 ppg, 8.0 rpg) is right behind Holloway on the boards.
Arkansas shot at a solid 54.2 percent clip and was the more effective team from three-point range, knocking down 7-of-16 attempts from beyond the arc to capture its win over Auburn on Saturday.
With the team's leading scorer B.J. Young (15.2 ppg) held to only 10 points in the game, others stepped up in a major way to lead the Razorbacks to victory. Rickey Scott (9.7 ppg) poured in 22 points which was one shy of a season-high. It is the second straight game he has been in double figures after seeing his production drop to just 1.5 points per game in the four previous games. Mardracus Wade (10.7 ppg) also turned in a fine performance, putting in 18 points for his second straight game in double figures after a three game scoring drought of just 13 total points. Arkansas' ability to score has carried the Razorbacks this season with squad putting in 72.8 points per game good enough for fourth in the conference while dishing out the second most assists (13.9 apg).
Ole Miss wins games by dominating in the paint and keeping teams off the offensive glass. However, Arkansas' skilled guards should lead the Razorbacks to victory.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Arkansas 74, Ole Miss 67
02/28 10:49:37 ET