Tennessee vs. Mississippi: Full Game Preview
|Tennessee||J McRae 13.8||J Stokes 7.8||T Golden 4.5|
|Mississippi||M Henderson 18.9||M Holloway 10.6||J Summers 3.6|
No. 23 Ole Miss welcomes Tennessee to Tad Smith Coliseum on Thursday. Tip-off is at 7:00 EST and you can catch it on ESPN 2. The Rebels beat the Volunteers 92-74 on January 9th and are 3-4 against them over the last four years.
Ole Miss is in 1st place in the conference, Tennessee is in 10th place.
The Rebels got past Arkansas 76-64 on January 19th with the help of 16 points and 5 rebounds from Marshall Henderson. He leads the team with 18.9 points per game. For the Volunteers, Jarnell Stokes finished with 18 points and 11 rebounds in the 72-57 blowout of Mississippi State on January 19th. With 7.8 rebounds per game and 1.1 blocks per game, he has team-best marks in both categories.
Ole Miss appears to have a key statistical advantage over Tennessee in one area, scoring, where the Rebels have an edge over the Volunteers, 82 points per game to 65 points per game. One category in which Tennessee is especially proficient is free throw rate at 41.3, ranking 2nd in their conference (and 45th nationally).
- You'll do better on next semester's exams, right? Ole Miss currently has a higher Academic Progress Rate (990 to 962) than Tennessee, per the NCAA.
- Ole Miss beat Tennessee by 5 points the last time they played (Mar 09, 2012).
- The Ole Miss basketball team finishes what they start, with a better graduation rate than Tennessee (64% vs 40%).
- The Ole Miss scoring leader (Marshall Henderson) has more points than the Tennessee scoring leader (Trae Golden).
- We have a history of cultivating talent. Over the past 10 years, Ole Miss has had more players drafted by the NBA than Tennessee (2 vs 1).
- Jarvis Summers is ranked 6th in the SEC in assists.
- Ole Miss has a more potent offense, scoring more points (82.1 per game vs 63.1 per game) than Tennessee this season.
- Be afraid. Ole Miss has blown out more teams than Tennessee this season (5 blowouts vs 1).
- Reginald Buckner is ranked 7th in the SEC in rebounds and 20th nationally in blocks.
- Ole Miss players are more experienced than Tennessee players (12,128 minutes played vs 8,463 minutes played).