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Arkansas (11-5) at Ole Miss (14-2)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, January 19, 1:30 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Tad Smith Coliseum (9,061) -- Oxford, Mississippi. Television: SEC Network. Home Record: Arkansas 11-1, Ole Miss 9-0. Away Record: Arkansas 0-2, Ole Miss 4-1. Neutral Record: Arkansas 0-2, Ole Miss 1-1. Conference Record: Arkansas 2-1, Ole Miss 3-0. Series Record: Arkansas leads, 41-27.
GAME NOTES: Ole Miss will try to improve to 10-0 at Tad Smith Coliseum this season, as the Rebels play host the Arkansas Razorbacks in an SEC showdown on Saturday afternoon.
Arkansas is fresh off a thrilling 88-80 overtime win versus Auburn on Wednesday night, which improved it to 2-1 in conference action and 11-5 overall. Although the Razorbacks have been outstanding on their home floor (11-1), they have a difficult hurdle to leap over in this one, as they have yet to win on the road.
Ole Miss has been nothing short of spectacular in recent weeks, as it has ripped off six wins in a row to improve to 14-2 on the season. The Rebels' strong play has not slowed down one bit against SEC opponents, as they have beaten Tennessee (92-74), nationally-ranked Missouri (64-49), and most recently Vanderbilt (89-79 in OT) on Wednesday night.
The Rebels have topped the Razorbacks in six of the last seven meetings, but Arkansas still leads the all-time series by a 41-27 margin.
Although Arkansas was outshot from the field by Auburn in its latest game, 50 percent to 45.5 percent, it was able to make its mark at the foul line in the double-overtime win by converting 20-of-33 attempts, while Auburn was just 7- of-17. The Razorbacks also earned extra possessions by dominating the turnover battle, 19-8. Marshawn Powell was outstanding in the triumph, scoring 28 points and grabbing a season-high 11 rebounds. B.J. Young was also strong with 22 points and five assists, while Mardracus Wade (12 points) and Coty Clarke (nine points, eight rebounds) both took advantage of extended playing time off the bench. Young (17.4 ppg) and Powell (15.2 ppg) have been a dynamic duo all season long, as both rank in the SEC's top-10 in scoring. Young is also an impressive floor general, dishing out 62 assists against only 28 turnovers, and Powell shoots nearly 55 percent from the floor and sports a team-best 5.8 rpg. No other players averages in double figures, but nine others net between 3.3 and 7.7 ppg for Arkansas, which ranks second in the conference in scoring at 79.4 ppg.
The only team in the SEC that is stronger than Arkansas at the offensive end is Ole Miss, which is the fourth-ranked scoring team in the nation at 82.8 ppg. The team's hot shooting continued in the overtime victory versus Vanderbilt, as it made 51.6 percent from the floor. Much of that production came down the stretch, as it needed to overcome a 13-point deficit in the final nine minutes of regulation to even force the extra session. Marshall Henderson shot 7-of-17 from the field and 8-of-10 from the foul line on his way to a game-high 26 points. Reginald Buckner logged a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds, Jarvis Summers added 14 points, and Murphy Holloway finished with 12 points and eight boards. On the season, no one in the SEC scores more than Henderson, who puts up 19.1 ppg thanks in large part to a league-best 61 3-pointers (sixth-most in the nation). Holloway rounds out perhaps the best inside-outside combo in the conference, contributing 15.9 ppg and 10.6 rpg, while shooting a lofty 56 percent from the floor. Buckner (10.4 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 2.8 bpg) is also strong in the paint, and Nick Williams adds 10.1 ppg to the mix.
This is sure to be a fun one to watch between the SEC's two most high-powered offenses, but Ole Miss has been flawless at home and Arkansas far from it on the road, meaning the Rebels should be able to run past the Hogs.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Ole Miss 85, Arkansas 78
01/19 10:33:12 ET
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