Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Ole Miss, Florida Basketball: Notes of Importance

Rebels Must Unite - Photo by: Seph Anderson
Rebels Must Unite – Photo by: Seph Anderson

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No. 16 Ole Miss travels to No. 4 Florida Saturday night for a date with a very talented Gator team.

A closer look at team notes and statistics is quite defining of Florida’s current level of play.

Interesting Notes Entering the Game:

– Ole Miss’ last win against a Top 5 opponent came in the 2001 SEC tournament against Florida

– Rebel Guard (G) Marshall Henderson is tied for third in the nation in three-point field goals per game (3.8)

– Andy Kennedy is 1-6 as a head coach against the Gators

– Kennedy is only two wins away from tying B.L. Graham for most all-time wins at Ole Miss (144)

– Florida has held 15 of 19 opponents this season under 60 points

– Florida enters the game on a nine game win streak

– Florida is outscoring SEC opponents 28.3 points per game


Significant Team versus Team Statistics:

– Scoring Margin: Florida (+22.6 per game, 2nd nationally), Ole Miss (+16.4 per game, 9th nationally)

– Scoring Defense: Florida (51.2 ppg, 3rd nationally), Ole Miss (65.1 ppg, 118th nationally)

– Opponent Field Goal Percentage: Florida (36.1%, 5th nationally), Ole Miss (38.6%, 33rd nationally)

– Rebound Margin: Florida (+8.9 per game), Ole Miss (+3.4 per game)

For an Ole Miss team coming off a home loss to Kentucky where they also suffered two injuries to key reserves, the afore mentioned game notes and team versus team statistics don’t bode well.


Game Notes and Statistics courtesy SEC Media Relations, Ole Miss Athletics Media Relations