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Rebel Hoops Travel to Columbia to Take on Mizzou

Photo by Danny Dickey
Photo by Danny Dickey

The Ole Miss Rebels will step back into conference play tonight in Columbia as they play against the Missouri Tigers. The tip-off is set for 8 p.m. on SEC Network.

Ole Miss enters the game with a 3-5 mark in conference play and 13-8 overall. On Saturday, the Rebels dropped a nail-biter 69-64 to Kansas State in Manhattan, Kansas.

Stefan Moody leads the SEC, and ranks sixth nationally, in scoring at 23.6 ppg this year. He had scored 20-plus points in 14-straight games until the Kansas State game, and is tied for the third-longest streak in school history.

Moody has broken the 30-point mark three times this season and has made a 3-pointer in 34-straight games, which is the fourth-longest streak in school history and tied for the 15th-best streak in SEC history. He is shooting 51.5 percent (34 of 66) from field and 45.8 percent (22 of 48) from three over his last five games and is averaging 25.1 ppg in SEC play.

The Tigers are 8-13 overall and 1-7 in the SEC after falling on the road at Kentucky (L, 88-54) and vs. Mississippi State (L, 76-62) last week. Mizzou is 8-4 at home this year, but have dropped its last six games. Freshman forward Kevin Puryear leads the team in scoring at 11.0 ppg and is one of two Tigers averaging in double figures. Puryear is also second on the team in rebounding pulling down 4.3 boards a game.

Junior guard Wes Clark is second on the team averaging 10.1 ppg and has dished out a team-best 59 assists. Sophomore guard Namon Wright leads Missouri in rebounding grabbing 4.7 per game. Mizzou ranks last in the league in scoring in conference games averaging just 61.8 ppg and is also last in field goal percentage in SEC games shooting only 37.8 percent from the field.

Ole Miss and Missouri have play just five times with all five meetings coming in since the Tigers joined the SEC in 2012-13. Last season, the Rebels dominated Mizzou 67-47 in Columbia and knocked off the Tigers 91-88 in Oxford in 2014. Ole Miss and Missouri split a pair of regular-season meetings in 2012-13 with the home team winning before the Rebels took the third contest with a thrilling 64-62 win in Nashville en route to the SEC Tournament title.

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

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