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GAMETHREAD: Basketball at #18 Ole Miss, 8pm, SEC Network

The Tigers look to break the red-hot Rebels’ winning streak

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After winning their first true road game in 367 days last weekend, the LSU Tigers (12-3, 2-0) head to Oxford, Mississippi this evening to take on the 18th-ranked Ole Miss Rebels (13-2, 3-0) in The Pavilion. The Rebels are currently on a ten game winning streak, last beating #14 Auburn and #24 Mississippi State.

Ole Miss is currently ranked 30th overall by KenPom (LSU at 38) and ranked 9th in effective field goal %, led by the upperclassman duo of Breein Tyree and Terence Davis. Both are averaging over 15 points a game and at least 40% from the arc.

LSU is on a five game winning streak themselves, and have won seven of their last eight. Their opponents during that streak combine for a 55-22 record (omitting their losses to LSU) and an average KenPom ranking of 80.

The two teams faced off in the PMAC last season, a decisive 82-66 win for the Tigers. Ole Miss would go on to finish the season with a 12-20 (5-13) record, making their start this season all the more impressive. Coach Wade spoke to the media Monday to discuss the match up and the Rebels.

“Well, it is a typical Coach Davis team,” said Wade. “They are very well-coached, they do not beat themselves and they do not turn the ball over. They play a lot of different defenses to keep you off balance. They are tough and physical. They run their offense with great pace and they cut as hard as any team that you will see. It is just a typical team that he has. They certainly have taken on his personality and they look like some of his teams from the past just with how they play and how they go about things.”

Coach Wade also mentioned that forward Darius Days is good and should play in tonight’s game. Days left the Arkansas game in the second half with an apparent injury to his knee, described as a “bone bruise” by Wade. This is pretty great news, it looked like it could’ve turned out a lot worse when it happened.

Tonight’s contest will tip off at 8pm in The Pavilion and will be televised on the SEC Network. You can also listen in to the game at 98.1FM or join the discussion in the comments below.