The Ole Miss men’s basketball team returns to the court this evening as they play host to the Eastern Kentucky Colonels. Tip-off is set for 5:30 p.m. inside the Pavilion.
Ole Miss (1-0) is coming off of a 94-76 victory over Louisiana in the season opener. Junior Terence Davis led the Rebels in scoring with 21 points in the game.
His teammate, Devontae Shuler, added 14 points of his own, which is the most by an Ole Miss freshman in a season opener since Trevor Gaskins tallied 21 against Mississippi Valley State in 2007.
Tonight’s matchup between the Rebels and Colonels is an “undercard game” for the MGM Grand Main Event, which will take place in Las Vegas Nov. 20-22. Ole Miss is playing in the “Heavyweight Bracket” with Utah, Rice and UNLV, while Eastern Kentucky is in the “Middleweight Bracket” with Prairie View A&M, Georgia State and Eastern Washington.
Eastern Kentucky enters Monday night’s matchup 1-0 after a season-opening 73-72 victory at Rice. The Colonels went 17-of-19 from the charity stripe, including three from freshman Dedric Boyd with five seconds left in the contest that gave EKU the win.
Boyd finished with 20 points in his collegiate debut, and junior forward Nick Mayo added a team-high 25 points. Mayo, a Preseason All-OVC honoree who is on the watch list for the Karl Malone Award (nation’s best power forward) and Lou Henson Award (nation’s top mid-major player), added 12 rebounds and knocked down 9 of 10 free throws throughout the contest.
In the third season under Head Coach Dan McHale, Eastern Kentucky returns three starters from a team that went 12-19 during the 2016-17 campaign.
Ole Miss and EKU have only met on the hardwood once before, with the Rebels winning that game 95-92 in 1955.
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