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|
Tennessee travels to Tad Smith Coliseum on Thursday to take on No. 23 Ole Miss. It gets started at 7:00 EST and you can catch it on ESPN 2. The Volunteers fell to the Rebels 92-74 on January 9th and are 4-3 against them over the last four years.
Ole Miss maintains 1st place in the SEC while Tennessee sits at 10th place.
In a 72-57 dismantling of Mississippi State on January 19th, Jarnell Stokes put up 18 points and 11 rebounds for the Volunteers. He paces the team in rebounds per game with 7.8, and blocks per game with 1.1. In a 76-64 victory over Arkansas on January 19th, Marshall Henderson put up 16 points and 5 rebounds for the Rebels. He leads the team with 18.9 points per game.
Ole Miss has a statistical edge over Tennessee in one specific area, scoring, where the Rebels have the upper hand over the Volunteers, 82 points per game to 65 points per game. From a tempo-free perspective, Ole Miss is strong in turnover percentage at 16.4. This is good enough for 1st in the conference and 11th in the nation.
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- Tennessee is bigger. The average weight of the top 8 players on Tennessee is 214 lbs compared to 205 lbs for Ole Miss.
- Tennessee takes less vacation, with more NCAA Tournament appearances over the last 10 years than Ole Miss (6 vs 0).
- Tennessee has more Top 50 Director's Cup finishes than Ole Miss (18 vs 2)
- We beat real teams. Tennessee has more wins against the RPI Top 50 than Ole Miss this season (2 vs 0).
- AP voters think more highly of Tennessee and have put us in the AP Top 25 more often over the past 10 years than Ole Miss (77 vs 19).
- Tennessee has a better overall winning percentage over the last 10 years (0.646 to 0.579).
- Tennessee allows fewer rebounds (32.4 allowed per game vs 37.3 allowed per game) than Ole Miss this season.
- We win when it counts, too. Tennessee has more NCAA Tournament wins over the last 10 years than Ole Miss (8 vs 0).
- We're so much better than you, we get lazy. Tennessee has come back to win after being down at half against Ole Miss 4 times since 1998.
- Tennessee is better under pressure, and has defeated Ole Miss in 4 out of the last 6 games decided by 5 points or fewer.
- We just win. Tennessee has more wins over the last 5 years than Ole Miss (126 vs 114).