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Another game the Vols should handle.

NCAA Basketball: Louisiana State at Tennessee Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

The 18th ranked Tennessee Volunteers (16-5, 6-3) will try to keep things going at home as the Ole Miss Rebels come to town. The Vols are 7-1 over their last eight games, winning four straight in Knoxville since falling to Auburn.


Struggling Rebels

Things are going a little differently for Ole Miss. They’ve dropped four of their last five games, despite playing some competitive minutes in that span. The Rebels’ lone win in that stretch came against Alabama at home.

Overall, Ole Miss sits at 11-11. They’re 4-5 in conference play, stuck in a six way tie for sixth place in the SEC.

The Rebels can score the basketball, but their issues stem from the defensive end, where they allow 76 per contest. That ranks just 268th in D-1.


Key Players

Ole Miss is led by senior Deandre Burnett, who averages over 15 points per game. The 6-2 guard shoots an even 40 percent from three point range.

Junior Terence Davis is the second leading scorer on the team. He leads the Rebels in three point attempts, shooting 33 percent. The 6-4 guard also leads the team in rebounding, which speaks to the lack of an inside presence for Ole Miss.

Down low, it’s Bruce Stevens and Marcanvis Hymon leading the way. Andy Kennedy really keeps the rotation going with his post guys, utilizing Dominik Olejniczak and Justas Furmanavicius.


What do the rankings say?

Kenpom

Tennessee: 8th

Ole Miss: 76th

RPI

Tennessee: 13th

Ole Miss: 77th


Gameday Information

Tip-off: 6 PM eastern

Location: Knoxville, Tennessee

TV: SEC Network

Radio: Vol Network

Streaming: Watch ESPN

Odds: Tennessee -10.5