Wednesday, January 13
8:00 p.m. at the Steg (SEC Network for TV)
As we start the grind of SEC play, the Dawgs (8-6, 0-1) take on yet another ranked opponent. Who ever set the schedule for the season openers were not kind to the Dawgs. We opened on the road with the Wildcats, now we open the conference at home with #21 Ole Miss (12-3, 0-1).
So who are the Rebels this year. To start they are a high scoring team over 83 points a game. This tells me that we have to run a slow game. No way we will be able to keep up with them in scoring. They ranked second as of 1/7 in three point field goals per game at 9 making 37% of what they toss up.
The Rebels have 5 players getting double digit points. They are equally balanced in rebounding across the top players with 4 players getting over 4 rebounds a game. They also have a deep bench with 9 players getting at least 16 minutes a game.
They don’t turn the ball over and lead the league with a assist to turnover ratio of 1.29. They block shots and they steal.
So where does all this leave the Dawgs. Well the Rebels foul, so we’ll need to be great from the line. On the flip side, the Rebels don’t shoot very well from the line only hitting 66%. So if it is close, then we stand a chance.
For the Dawgs to win, here is where we need to excel :
- We have to keep the score low.
- Stay out of foul trouble.
- Cut down on metal turnovers.
- Rebound, Rebound, Rebound.
- Defend the three.
Again at this point of the year, it’s hard to judge the true nature of a team and the stats. For example, the Rebels have lost 3 games, falling to Villanova, West Virginia and most recently Mississippi State. Most of their schedule was weak, but they did get wins over Kansas St and Indiana.
So come out, it’s a later game, so you have time to drive in. Come out and support the Dawgs.