Terrence Phillips (Nate Latsch-Scout.com)

Missouri-Ole Miss Hoops Preview

Missouri (5-12, 0-5) hosts Ole Miss (11-7, 2-4) in a Southeastern Conference game on Saturday afternoon.

The Missouri Tigers are back at home looking to snap a nine-game losing streak and pick up their first Southeastern Conference victory of the season against visiting Mississippi.

MISSOURI VS. MISSISSIPPI

When: 2:30 p.m. CT

Where: Mizzou Arena, Columbia, Mo.

TV: SEC Network

Radio: Tiger Radio Network

Stats: mizzou.statbroadcast.com

Projected starting lineups

Missouri (5-12, 0-5) 

G K.J. Walton 7.2 ppg, 3.4 rpg

G Jordan Geist 6.7 ppg, 2.9 rpg

G Jordan Barnett 12 ppg, 6.9 rpg

F Kevin Puryear 10.9 ppg, 6.5 rpg

F Russell Woods 7.8 ppg, 5.1 rpg

Mississippi (11-7, 2-4) 

G Terence Davis 12.2 ppg, 5.4 rpg 

G Breein Tyree 4.1 ppg, 1.9 apg

G Rasheed Brooks 7.9 ppg, 2.8 rpg 

F Sebastian Saiz 15.2 ppg, 11.6 rpg 

F Justas Furmanavicius 6.6 ppg, 5.4 rpg

Sebastian Saiz/Josh McCoy

What to watch for: 

Ole Miss leads the all-time series with Missouri, 6-1, including a 2-1 mark in Columbia. Mississippi won the last meeting, 85-76, in Oxford, Miss., on Feb. 23, 2016.

Missouri, which has lost nine straight games, ranks last in the 14-team SEC in field goal percentage (39) and 3-point field percentage (27.5) and is 13th in scoring (69.9 points per game). Ole Miss is 12th in field goal percentage (42.4), ninth in 3-point percentage (33.6) and sixth in scoring (76.8).

Kim Anderson is 24-56 in three seasons as Missouri’s coach.

Since joining the starting lineup, Mizzou junior forward Jordan Barnett is averaging 14.8 points and 8 rebounds per game. He scored a career-high 20 points against Auburn on Jan. 10.

Missouri sophomore point guard Terrence Phillips is leading the SEC in assists per game in conference play (5.4 per game). Phillips is averaging 14.6 points, 5.4 assists, 4.6 rebounds and 2.6 steals per game in five games since being removed from the starting lineup.

Mississippi snapped a two-game losing streak with an 80-69 win over Tennessee on Tuesday. 

Ole Miss senior forward Sebastian Saiz had 17 points and 10 rebounds in the win over Tennessee, his 21st career double-double. He has 12 double-doubles this season, which leads the SEC and is the sixth-most nationally.

Sophomore guard Terence Davis had a career-high 20 points and 11 rebounds against Tennessee. He’s emerged as a solid scoring option behind Deandre Burnett (18 points per game) and Saiz (15.2). 

Burnett suffered a sprained ankle against Georgia on Jan. 11 and has missed the Rebels’ past two games.

Deandre Burnett/Petre Thomas

LINKS

Mizzou hoops falls at Alabama

Terence Davis: Missouri game a “must win”

You can follow Nate Latsch on Twitter at @NateLatsch or email him at natelatsch@gmail.com

Want more BlackAndGoldIllustrated.com coverage? Become a member today to get insider information, members-only forums, exclusive videos, team shop offers and ticket discounts. Click HERE to learn more and get a 7-day free trial.

 


Black & Gold Illustrated Top Stories