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DATE & TIME: Saturday, November 30, 4:30 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Barclays Center (17,732) -- Brooklyn, New York. Television: NBCSN. Home Record: Ole Miss 3-0, PSU 4-1. Away Record: Ole Miss 1-0, PSU 1-0. Neutral Record: Ole Miss 1-0, PSU 1-0. Conference Record: Ole Miss 0-0, PSU 0-0. Series Record: Ole Miss leads, 2-0.
GAME NOTES: The Ole Miss Rebels and Penn State Nittany Lions will square off in the championship game of the Barclays Center Classic on Saturday.
The Rebels are off to a fast start, as they have won all five games to begin the 2013-14 campaign. Ole Miss distanced itself from Georgia Tech early on and rolled to a 77-67 win in Friday's semifinal matchup.
Penn State has had a surprising start to its season, as it has captured six wins in seven games. The lone loss came against Bucknell on Nov, 13, but the Nittany Lions have strung together five wins since, including a thrilling, 89-82 overtime decision against St. John's on Friday.
Ole Miss has won both previous meetings with Penn State, a home-and-home series in 2010 and 2011.
The Rebels have been solid at both ends of the floor this season and as a result, enjoy a +18.0 scoring margin. The team is shooting a modest .439 from the field, but is putting up a gaudy 82.6 ppg. Derrick Millinghaus leads the way for Ole Miss with 15.6 ppg. Jarvis Summers is a close second at 15.0 ppg, while Marshall Henderson has come off the bench with 14.3 ppg. Demarco Cox adds 8.8 ppg and is the team's top presence on the glass (8.2 rpg).
Millinghaus led the team with 16 points against Georgia Tech, while Cox recorded his second double-double of the season with 15 points and 13 rebounds. Henderson also got into the act, with 15 points off the bench. The Rebels were able to distance themselves in the first half, as Georgia Tech shot a miserable .206 from the floor. The Rebels took a 14-point lead into halftime and never let the Yellow Jackets back in the game.
The Nittany Lions blew a 15-point second-half lead, but Tim Frazier came to the rescue in the overtime session, scoring 10 of his game-high 29 points to propel PSU to victory. D.J. Newbill filled up the basket as well, pouring in 25 points, while Ross Travis and Brandon Taylor chipped in with 10 points apiece. PSU was outrebounded 50-41 in the game, but held a huge edge in points from the free-throw line (29-7).
Penn State has gotten the job done this season with an explosive offensive gameplan. The team is shooting an impressive .480 from the floor and putting up 83.1 ppg. Frazier and Newbill are a dynamic one-two scoring punch, delivering 19.9 and 19.0 ppg, respectively. Frazier also serves as the team's top distributor (7.1 apg), while Newbill is a solid rebounder (7.3 rpg). Taylor (12.6 ppg) and Travis (10.9 ppg, 7.6 rpg) are proven commodities as well.
The Rebels might be undefeated at this time, but the way Frazier and Newbill are playing, the Nittany Lions have a real shot at winning this event.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Penn State 76, Ole Miss 73
11/30 10:33:58 ET
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