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SEC Preview: Ole Miss Hosts Mississippi State

Game Preview

There will be both an SEC showdown and in-state rivalry game Tuesday night when the Ole Miss Rebels host the Mississippi State Bulldogs. Both teams are coming off losses. The Bulldogs suffered an in-conference loss to Alabama on Saturday 71-62. Meanwhile, the Rebels also had a close loss to Baylor on Saturday 78-75. Ole Miss will hope to take advantage of their home court in front of what’s expected to be a big crowd and get back on track.

Game Stats

Looking at the game statistically, it looks to be a pretty even matchup between the two Mississippi schools. The Rebels average about 77 points per game while the Bulldogs average 75. While the Rebels score more points, they also allow more points to be scored against them. Ole Miss gives up on average 76 points per game and Mississippi State only allows about 70.

Jan 28, 2017; Oxford, MS, USA; Mississippi Rebels forward Sebastian Saiz (11) shoots the ball during the first half against the Baylor Bears at The Pavilion at Ole Miss. Mandatory Credit: Spruce Derden-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 28, 2017; Oxford, MS, USA; Mississippi Rebels forward Sebastian Saiz (11) shoots the ball during the first half against the Baylor Bears at The Pavilion at Ole Miss. Mandatory Credit: Spruce Derden-USA TODAY Sports

Who to Watch

Mississippi States’ L.J. Singleton has been out due to injury. He recently got an MRI done but coach Ben Howland said that the MRI “came back unremarkable. Not impressive. Which is really good for us.” Singleton looks to be day-to-day and did not practice on Sunday.

On the other hand, Quinndary Weatherspoon has been the leading scorer for the Bulldogs this season, racking up an average of about 18 points per game. Last Saturday against Alabama he scored 11 points and went 4 for 14 on his field goals. Lamar Peters and Schnider Herard are also ones to watch Tuesday night, as they were the top two scorers for the Bulldogs in last Saturday’s game.

For the Rebels, they are certainly glad to have their leading scorer on the year Deandre Burnett back. Burnett previously missed time due to an ankle injury. He is coming off a rough game against Baylor, where he was held to just four points. Sebastian Saiz and Breein Tyree were the team’s leading scorers on that occasion, racking up a combined 40 points.

Game is set to tip off at 7 p.m. and can be seen on the SEC Network.

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