FREE TICKETS: Aggies Host Ole Miss wants to continue the Early SEC Hot Streak

UPDATE: Buzz Williams and his beautiful wife have bought 600 tickets for today’s match. They are available for pick-up at the north entrance to Reed Arena. No excuses! Get to Reed!

Nearly 8,000 fans, who welcomed Aggies’ home game for the SEC, saw the exciting game and rejoiced in the victory as Texas A&M defeated Arkansas 86:81. It was the most intense A&M match of the season, more physical than the match at the beginning of the season against Notre Dame and at the same time overcame all non-conference outages in pace. While Quenton Jackson led the team in scoring with 16, it was a balanced point attack and great shooting that propelled the Aggies to victory. The hot JD Notae kept Arkansas at striking distance with his 31 points in 11-23 shooting, but the Ags hit critical buckets in the section that kept the Hogs in check.

With a record of 2-0 in the conference game and 13-2 overall, the Aggies are turning their attention to Ole Miss Rebels, who will come to Reed Arena on Tuesday night for a tip at 7.30pm. For those who are local, this is the last men’s game in the Holiday Hoops event, so there are good discounts. For those who are not in the area, the game will be broadcast on the SEC Network.

According to our friends from the draft agency DraftKings, Ags are currently favored by 4.5 points *. Kenpom.com gives A&M a 68% chance of winning with an expected score of 69-64.

*Courses / series are subject to change. Terms and conditions apply. See draftkings.com/sportsbook for details.

The Rebels are currently 9-5 overall and 1-1 in the SEC. Among the rebel victories are key wins against Memphis (67-63), Dayton (76-68) and Mississippi State (82-72), each of whom came home. Four of Ole Miss’s losses came in neutral (Marquette, Boise State, Western Kentucky) or on the road (Tennessee). The only home defeat for the Rebels came in their non-conference final against Samford. Based on the results, Ole Miss may seem like an average team, but that doesn’t make them less dangerous. In Knoxville, they took # 22 Tennessee into overtime and defeated the solid state of Mississippi by 10. Losses with Samford and Western Kentucky show that this group may be inconsistent, but they clearly have no problem standing up to a quality opponent.

Kermit Davis is the head coach of Ole Miss in his fourth season, where he amassed a 60-47 record. Davis also has A&M ties; took over for Shelby Metcalf as head coach of the Aggies for the 1990-1991 season. Davis was relieved of his duties and replaced by Tony Barone after he went 8-21 that year.

Rebels top scorer is senior guard Jarkel Joiner, a transfer from Cal State Bakersfield averaging 13.6 points in 31.2 minutes per game. Joiner was eliminated from Saturday’s match against the state of Mississippi, but Ole Miss hopes to be able to play against the Ags. Daeshun Ruffin is a 5 ‘9 “rookie quarterback who has an average of 12 points per game. Ruffin was limited to 6 games because he missed a considerable amount of time at the start of the season due to a hand injury, but quickly got into shape as a good quarterback behind Ruffin. Second-year bodyguard Matthew Murrell and junior Duke transforming Jaemyn Brakefield are the Rebels’ most accurate three-point threats, each averaging more than 40% from behind the arc with more than 40 attempts. The primary interior presence for Ole Miss is 7’0 ”grad transfer Nysier Brooks, who joined the team after previously playing in Miami and Cincinnati. Brooks averages 9.2 points and 8.5 boards per competition and leads the team with 17 blocks a year.

At the team level, A&M has a statistically more effective attack, but the Rebels have a slight lead in the defense. While the Aggies have better numbers in blocks, thefts and turnovers, A&M’s below-average defensive rebound gives Ole Miss an advantage. Given that the Rebels tend to play at the level of their competition, I consider this match to be another dog match that comes down to the wires.

David Berry

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