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Ole Miss Rebels to Face Off Against Struggling Kentucky Wildcats in Anticipated SEC Showdown

In this article, it is highlighted that the Ole Miss Rebels and the Kentucky Wildcats are set to face off in an SEC clash on Tuesday night. The Rebels had recently suffered a defeat in a road game against South Carolina, while the Wildcats were handed a loss in a home game by Gonzaga. Last season, Kentucky emerged victorious with a 75-66 road win against Ole Miss. Currently, the betting line favors Kentucky with an opening line of -8.5, which has now been adjusted to -8.

Betting Odds

  • Moneyline: Rebels +288 | Wildcats -372
  • Spread: Rebels +8 (-110) | Wildcats -8 (-110)
  • Total: Over/Under 163.5 (-110)
  • Based on the moneyline, the implied probability that Kentucky will win straight-up is 79%.

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Ole Miss Rebels

The Ole Miss Rebels are looking to avoid a third consecutive defeat after a recent string of wins. They had three consecutive victories, including a notable road win against Texas A&M and a home win against Mississippi State. However, they suffered a narrow loss to South Carolina in their last game. Despite this, they have covered the spread in four of their last five games and currently have a 5-5 record in SEC play.

Matthew Murrell has been a standout player for the Rebels, scoring at least 17 points in three consecutive games. He had an impressive 20-point performance against Mississippi State and maintains an average of 16.8 points per game on 48% shooting. Allen Flanigan has also been a strong contributor, scoring at least 20 points three times in conference play. He has an average of 15.7 points per game on 43% shooting. Jaylen Murray has been consistent as well, averaging 14.3 points per game.

In Ken Pomeroy's ratings, the Rebels are ranked 60th in Division I. While they have performed well offensively, averaging 76.4 points per game, they have struggled defensively, allowing at least 80 points in two of their last three games. Overall, they concede an average of 71.4 points per game.

Looking at their offensive performance, Ole Miss has an average field goal percentage of 45.94%, ranking 112th in the nation. They also have a strong free throw percentage of 74.94% (ranked 58th) and a three-point shooting percentage of 38.72% (ranked 11th). They average 34.04 rebounds per game, which is ranked 273rd, and have 15.70 offensive assists and 10.17 turnovers per game (ranked 46th and 43rd respectively).

On the defensive end, Ole Miss allows opponents to have a field goal percentage of 42.75% (ranked 139th) and a free throw percentage of 70.53% (ranked 137th). They also allow a three-point shooting percentage of 32.63% (ranked 140th) and average 36.96 defensive rebounds per game (ranked 36th). Additionally, they have 14.26 defensive assists and 13.04 turnovers per game (ranked 296th and 105th respectively).

Kentucky Wildcats Analysis

The Kentucky Wildcats have had a strong start to SEC play but have recently struggled, winning only 2 out of their last 5 conference games. They covered the spread in their last game against Vanderbilt with a score of 109-77. However, they suffered a rare loss against a ranked Gonzaga squad, losing 89-85 at home. In their recent games, they have only covered the spread in 2 out of 5 games. Antonio Reeves has been a standout player, scoring at least 20 points in 3 of his last 5 games. He has an average of 19.6 PPG on a 50% shooting percentage. Rob Dillingham has also performed well, scoring at least 20 points in 3 of his last 4 games and increasing his season average to 15 PPG. On the other hand, Tre Mitchell has struggled, scoring 10 or fewer points in his last 3 games. The team currently holds the 27th position in Ken Pomeroy's ratings and dropped to #22 in the AP Top 25 rankings. They have an average of 89.5 points per game, ranking third in the country, but their defense has been a weakness, allowing at least 77 points in their last 4 games and conceding an average of 78.8 points per game. The Wildcats' offense is strong, shooting an average of 49.21% from the field, 74.64% from free throws, and 41.13% from three-pointers. They also average 39.05 rebounds and have 18.09 offensive assists and 9.86 turnovers per game. Defensively, they allow opponents to shoot 42.00% from the field, 70.50% from free throws, and 32.61% from three-pointers. They average 37.55 defensive rebounds and have 14.77 defensive assists and 12.36 turnovers per game. Overall, the Wildcats have a power ranking of 92 and are ranked #1 in offense and #328 in defense. They have a 16-7 record and are 13-10 against the spread. In their last 3 matchups against Ole Miss, they have a 2-1 record.

The Ole Miss Rebels set to take on struggling Kentucky Wildcats in highly anticipated matchup

The Ole Miss Rebels exemplify a formidable team that possesses the potential to cause unexpected upsets. Displaying their competence, they have achieved a commendable 3-2 record in their most recent five games, successfully covering in all but one game during that interval. Conversely, the Kentucky Wildcats have struggled to perform at their best, suffering defeat in three out of their last four games subsequent to a loss against Gonzaga. Furthermore, their performance in the last five Southeastern Conference (SEC) games has been subpar with a record of only 2-3. Additionally, the offensive prowess of Mississippi deserves recognition, particularly their exceptional long-range shooting abilities, demonstrated by their impressive 38.7% success rate from beyond the three-point line. Furthermore, the Rebels have fortified their defense, providing them with the capacity to remain competitive in this contest. Their defensive scheme allows an average of 103.7 points per 100 possessions, a mere fraction behind the Wildcats who concede 103.4 points per 100 possessions. Moreover, Kentucky has also demonstrated unreliability when playing in their own home arena, suffering three consecutive defeats.

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