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Ole Miss Hoops Takes on Memphis in the FedEX Forum

Stefan Moody Photo by Joshua McCoy/Ole Miss Athletics
Stefan Moody
Photo by Joshua McCoy/Ole Miss Athletics

The Ole Miss Rebels’ men’s basketball team returns to action this Friday night as they travel up I-55 to take on the Memphis Tigers. The game is slated to begin at 7 p.m. and will be televised on ESPNEWS.

Ole Miss rolls into the Bluff City with a 8-2 record this season. After defeating Louisiana Tech on Tuesday night by the score of 99-80, Senior Stefan Moody leads the SEC and ranks seventh nationally, in scoring at 24.1 ppg this year. He has scored 20-plus points in all but two games this season and has broken the 30-point mark twice.

Moody is also the leading power-conference scorer in the nation this season and has made a 3-pointer in 24-straight games, which is tied for the fourth-longest streak in school history. He also is the SEC career leader in free throw percentage at 89.54 percent (min. 200 attempts).

Coach Andy Kennedy’s squad had a big night against LA Tech as senior Tomasz Gielo scored 13 points and teammate junior Rasheed Brooks scored a career-high of 20 points on 8 of 10 shooting and was 4 of 5 from behind the arc in the Rebels’ win over the Bulldogs.

The Tigers are 7-2 this season after knocking off Southern 72-67 at home Tuesday. Ole Miss and Memphis have one common opponent this year: each team defeated Louisiana Tech (OM, 99-80; UM, 94-68). The Tigers are 6-2 at home this season with losses to Oklahoma and Texas-Arlington.

Memphis is led by freshman Dedric Lawson, who is averaging 15.9 points and 9.0 boards a game this season. Senior Shaq Goodwin is second in scoring on the team and rebounding at 13.0 ppg and 7.9 rpg. The Tigers have a +5.0 rebounding margin this season and have been out-rebounded in just one game.

When the Rebels and Tigers meet on the hardwood Friday night, it will be the 40th meeting all-time between them. Memphis holds a 27-12 advantage in the series over Ole Miss, but in their last meet, the Rebels defeated the Tigers in the NIT back in 2010. The two teams have split the last four meetings. The last time Ole Miss won in the FedEX Forum was in 2004 by the score of 65-53.

Fans can watch all the action on ESPNEWS or listen to the call on the Ole Miss Radio Network at 7 p.m.

Adam Brown is the sports editor for HottyToddy.com. He can be reached at adam.brown@hottytoddy.com.

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