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Ole Miss Tangles with the Mizzou Tigers Saturday

By Adam Brown
Sports Editor

Breein Tyree was named as a finalist for the 2019 C Spire Howell Trophy. Photo by Joshua McCoy / Ole Miss Athletics.

The Ole Miss Rebels basketball team travels to Columbia, Missouri on Saturday for the final regular season game against the Missouri Tigers. Tip-off is set for 2:30 p.m. on the SEC Network.

Ole Miss (19-11, 9-8 SEC) comes into the game after an 80-76 loss to the No. 6 Kentucky Wildcats on Tuesday night. Senior Terence Davis shined in his final regular season home game of his career with 25 points and 12 rebounds.

Junior Breein Tyree was named to the 2019 C Spire Howell Trophy Watch list on Monday by the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame. Tyree is the only player in the SEC to rank in the conference’s top 10 in scoring (2nd-18.4 ppg), free throw percentage (4th-83.0), field goal percentage (6th-47.7) and three-pointers made (7th-2.2 per game).

This season, Davis and Tyree average 35.0 ppg in conference games.

Missouri enters Saturday’s matchup with a 14-15 record, including a 5-12 mark in SEC after back-to-back dominating victories over South Carolina (78-63) and Georgia (64-39). Three Tigers average double figures with Jordan Geist leading the way at 13.8 ppg. Geist also paces Missouri in assists (3.1 per game) and steals (1.0 per game). Mark Smith (11.4 ppg) and Jeremiah Tilmon (10.4 ppg) are close behind, while Tilmon pulls down a team-leading 5.9 rebounds per game.

Ole Miss and Missouri have met just 13 times with all 13 meetings coming since the Tigers joined the SEC in 2012. The Rebels lead the all-time series 11-2 and have won 10 of the last 11 after splitting the home-and-home series last season. Ole Miss and Mizzou have squared off five times in Columbia, with the Rebels holding a 4-1 advantage and claiming the last four contests. Ole Miss won in Columbia last year, prevailing 90-87 in overtime (Feb. 20, 2018). Missouri’s lone victory over Ole Miss in Columbia occurred Feb. 9, 2013. The two teams are playing a home-and-home series for the fourth consecutive season.

Fans can watch all the action on SEC Network or listen to the call on the Ole Miss Radio Network.

Adam Brown
Adam Brown
Sports Editor

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