Jan 13, 2018; Knoxville, TN, USA; Texas A&M Aggies forward DJ Hogg (1) moves the ball against Tennessee Volunteers forward Admiral Schofield (5) during the second half at Thompson-Boling Arena. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

SEC Basketball Preview: Texas A&M Hosts Ole Miss

Texas A&M looks for its first SEC win and its first win in five games tonight as they host Ole Miss. Ole Miss comes into tonight off of a big win handing the Florida Gators their first SEC loss. This will be the eighth meeting between the Aggies and the Rebels, and the Aggies have the lead in the series, 5-2.


Ole Miss Rebels

The Rebels are currently 10-7 this season and continue to improve. They continue to mix and match their starting line-ups to better fit their matchup. Ole Miss ranks second in the SEC in turnover margins. They rank 28th nationally in least amount of turnovers. The Rebels rely on a few players to help get them through games.

Jan 13, 2018; Oxford, MS, USA; Mississippi Rebels guard Terence Davis (3) Mandatory Credit: Spruce Derden-USA TODAY Sports
  • Senior guard Deandre Burnett is Ole Miss’s most consistent scorer. In their three SEC wins, Burnett averages 19.7 points per game. In the game against the Gators, Burnett scored 20 points.
  • Sophomore Guard Breein Tyree has recently stepped it up in SEC play and is averaging 13.4 points.
  • Burnett and Tyree’s success makes up for the offensive slump of junior guard Terence Davis.
  • Junior forward Bruce Stevens scored 22 points against Florida last week. He is averaging 15.2 points a game
  • Freshman guard Devontae Shuler is ranked second in the SEC with eight steals in conference play.

If Ole Miss can get to the foul line and make their free throws, they are more likely to come out on top. They rely on the three this season. The Rebels are 9-1 when they shoot 30 percent or more from beyond the arc.

Ole Miss is looking for its first ever win in College Station.

Texas A&M Aggies

After starting off the season 11-1 and ranked No. 5, the Aggies look to regain the momentum they had starting with this game. They have not won an SEC game this season. Texas A&M has suffered many injuries this season. They have played only four games with its entire roster available.

Graduate transfer guard Duane Wilson made his return to the court last Saturday against Tennessee. Wilson missed three games after being injured in December against Alabama.

Four Aggies average double figure points:

  • Junior center Tyler Davis – 14.2 points per game
  • Junior forward DJ Hogg – 13.9 points per game
  • Junior guard Admon Gilder – 13.1 points per game
  • And Duane Wilson – 11.6 points per game

Broadcast Info

Tonight’s Ole Miss-Texas A&M game is at 9 p.m. EST

You can watch this match-up on SEC Network.

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