The Ole Miss Rebels travel to College Station, Texas Wednesday to take on the Texas A&M Aggies at Reed Arena. The Southeastern Conference match-up will be televised on CSS with Matt Stewart and Stephen Howard providing play-by-play and analysis.
Ole Miss (18-5, 7-3 SEC) has dropped three of its last four games and also has lost its last two games on the road—a 14-point loss to then-No. 4 Florida and a 19-point loss to Missouri. The Rebels are 5-3 on the road this season.
Texas A&M (14-9, 4-6 SEC) has won just two games in its last eight played, but outlasted then-No. 21 Missouri at home on Feb. 7 before losing to Georgia on the road on Feb. 9. The Aggies are 10-4 at home this season.
Ole Miss is ranked fourth in SEC play, just a half game behind Kentucky and Alabama. Texas A&M is tied for eighth place but only one game out of one of the dreaded bottom four spots in the conference standings. The bottom four finishers in SEC play this season will have to play on Wednesday of the SEC Basketball Tournament, making for a long weekend of tournament action.
Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.
5 Reasons to Watch
1. Ole Miss has the top offense in the SEC, scoring 79.8 points per game. Junior guard Marshall Henderson leads the conference, scoring 19.9 points per game and senior forward Murphy Holloway ranks seventh with 14.7 points per game. The Rebels are one of just two SEC teams that can boast two of the conference’s top 10 scorers (Arkansas is the other with B.J. Young and Marshawn Powell).
2. Two players will control the boards for Ole Miss Wednesday: Holloway and senior forward Reginald Buckner. Holloway leads the conference in rebounding; pulling down 9.7 per game and Buckner is sixth with 7.6 boards per game. As a team, the Rebels rank third in the SEC with 922 rebounds.
3. The battle at the 3-point line will be key on Wednesday when Texas A&M is on offense. The Aggies rank fourth in the SEC in 3-point field-goal percentage (34.9 percent) but Ole Miss ranks No. 1 in 3-point defense, allowing teams just 29.4 percent success rate from beyond the arc.
4. Senior guard Elston Turner may lead the Aggies and rank fifth in the SEC with a 15.6 points per game scoring average, but junior guard Fabyon Harris has an incredibly hot hand of late for Texas A&M. Harris has 17 points in each of his last two games and has reached double digits in 11 of his last 14 games.
5. Both teams could use a win Wednesday in regard to the Ratings Percentage Index. Ole Miss has an RPI of 47 and Texas A&M sits at 75. The Aggies have a 2-3 record this season against teams with a top 50 RPI figure. Ole Miss hasn’t lost to a team outside the RPI top 50 and must find a way get back on track after losing three-of-four.