After blistering starts to their seasons, both Tennessee and Ole Miss have come back down to Earth lately. Now, both teams will face-off on Wednesday night in Oxford.
No. 7 Tennessee (24-3, 12-2 SEC) stays on the road to take on Ole Miss (19-8, 9-5 SEC) for a pivotal conference match-up on Wednesday night. The Vols need to get back in the win column to keep pace with LSU and Kentucky atop the SEC standings, and Ole Miss could use a signature win against the Vols to really cement their standing with the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee.
The Vols enter Wednesday’s contest having lost two of their last three games after winning 19-straight games before that. Ole Miss has split their last two games and have gone just 6-6 in their last 12 games after starting the season 13-2 and winning 10-straight games, including their first three SEC games.
Both teams have a pair of high-scoring teammates. The Vols boast the highest-scoring duo in the SEC in Grant Williams and Admiral Schofield. The two Vols have combined to average 35.9 points per game this season. For the Rebels, junior guard Breein Tyree and senior guard Terrence Davis have combined to score 33.9 points a game. They’re second only to Williams and Schofield in the SEC in terms of highest-scoring duos on a team.
Ole Miss head coach Kermit Davis is in his first year with the Rebels, but he’s in the middle of his 21st year as a head coach in Division I college basketball. Tennessee head coach Rick Barnes is in his fourth year with the Vols and his 32nd overall as a head coach in college basketball.
The Rebels are looking to return to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2015. The Vols are looking to win at least a share of the SEC regular season title in back-to-back seasons for the first time in school history.
Both teams could use a win on Wednesday night, and The Pavilion is likely to be filled to capacity.
Here’s everything you need to know about Wednesday’s match-up. If you can’t make it to the game, here’s how you can watch and listen to the Tennessee vs. Ole Miss game.
Tip-Off: 7:00 Eastern, February 27th, The Pavilion (Oxford, MS)
TV: SEC Network
Streaming Online: WatchESPN.com or ESPN app
Radio: Vol Network (99.1 FM or 990 AM in Knoxville/surrounding areas)
Line: Tennessee (-5.5)