Date: Saturday, January 11
Time: 5:00pm CDT
TV/Streaming: SEC Network
All-Time Series: Arkansas leads 47-34
Most Recent Matchup: March 2019, Arkansas won 74-73.
2019-20 Record: 9-5 (0-1)
Head Coach: Kermit Davis (2nd season, 29-18)
In year 2 of the Kermit Davis era, the Rebels lose two vital players in Terrence Davis and Bruce Stevens. Davis will go down as one of the greatest to wear the Rebel uniform. Breein Tyree has been his normal self by averaging 17.1ppg, but he needs more around him. Blake Hinson and Devontae Shuler are both averaging double figures. Khadim Sy and K.J. Buffen have scored a decent amount to round out the starting 5, but the bench has been extremely weak.
Ole Miss finds themselves coming off an unexpected loss at Texas A&M. The Aggies have been arguably the worst team in the SEC during non-conference play, but held Ole Miss to just 47 points earlier this week. That is not the way you want to start conference play, but getting to come back home for Saturday’s contest will do the Rebels some good.
2019-20 Record: 12-2 (1-1)
Head Coach: Eric Musselman (1st season)
Arkansas is coming off a heartbreaker of a loss at LSU on Wednesday night. Despite being obliterated on the boards, the Hogs were never out of the game. Eric Musselman is looking for help behind Adrio Bailey. Jeantal Cylla, Reggie Chaney, and Ethan Henderson have been unable to provide any consistent spark off the bench. Truthfully, the Hogs do not even need a spark from the guys. They need consistency. They need someone who can guard their position, rebound, and not turn the ball over every time they touch it.
Foul trouble hurt the Hogs for the first time on Wednesday night. Isaiah Joe got 2 early fouls that kept from getting into a rhythm in the 1st half. Unfortunately, he was unable to find that rhythm in the second half. Mason Jones fouled out with less than a minute to go. He has been the Razorbacks’ #1 option in late game scenarios. Not having Jones on the floor for that final possession ruined Arkansas chances at a low second victory.
Ole Miss just has not been able to beat good opponents this season. They do have 1 solid win over Penn State, but their other 8 wins are Q4. They are 1-5 against Q3 or better opponents. Their offense just has not consistently clicked.
With the Razorbacks coming off a loss, I expect a bounce back. These Hogs play with a ton of effort and fight. That will not end Saturday.
Arkansas will continue Ole Miss’s offensive woes.
Score Prediction: Arkansas 71, Ole Miss 61
Like many in our state, I didn’t have a choice in who my favorite team would be growing up. I was raised on Razorback. I remember watching the early season games on ARSN or conference games on JP Sports. My first favorite players were Brandon Dean and Joe Johnson. Great memories. I never thought years ago I would be writing about Arkansas Basketball. I don’t have a journalism background or anything like that. When given the opportunity, I wanted to challenge myself with something new and it has been a blast!