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Ole Miss tips off against Georgia in key SEC matchup

Ole Miss tips off against Georgia in key SEC matchup

Ole Miss (11-6, 2-2 SEC) takes on Georgia (11-5, 2-2 SEC) in a key conference men’s basketball matchup Tuesday night.

The contest will be the 110th meeting between the two schools. Ole Miss has won seven of the last 12; however, the Rebels lost the last time they played in Athens.

There is much on the line for both teams. The Bulldogs and Rebels are in a seven-way tie for fourth place in the conference, and a win would help the victor move a bit ahead of the pack.

Georgia is coming off a 73-61 win over Florida Saturday that snapped the Gators’ 24-game winning streak against SEC teams.

Four Bulldogs are averaging double figures in scoring on the year. They are led by senior F Marcus Thornton, who is averaging 13.9 pgg and a team-best 7.5 boards a game. Junior G Kenny Gaines is second on the team at 12.4 ppg and has knocked down a team-high 28 3-pointers. Gaines is averaging 15.5 ppg in SEC play and is shooting 57.1 percent from behind the three-point line.

Ole Miss ranks No. 44 in the latest NCAA Ratings Percentage Index rankings, and Georgia is ranked No. 26. The Rebels are 2-2 against the RPI top 30, including wins over No. 29 Arkansas and No. 30 Cincinnati.

Head coach Andy Kennedy owns a 6-4 record against UGA.

Game Notes: Tipoff is set for 6:00 p.m., January 21 in Athens, Ga. The game will be played in the Stegeman Coliseum and televised on the SEC Network. Dari Nowkhah will  handle the play-by-play and Richard Cross will be the analyst.

Radio: Fans can find the game on satellite radio at Channel 136 on Sirius and on XM 190. On the Ole Miss Radio Network, David Kellum, the “Voice of the Rebels” will handle the play-by-play and Richard Cross will be the analyst.

Internet: For live video, visit WatchESPN.com; for live audio, go to OleMissSports.com

 

About The Author

Evelyn Van Pelt

Evelyn has covered sports for over two decades, beginning her journalism career as a sports writer for a newspaper in Austin, Texas. She attended Texas A&M and majored in English. Evelyn's love for Ole Miss began when her daughter Katie attended the university on a volleyball scholarship--and continued as she watched Katie receive three degrees from Ole Miss, culminating with her Pharm D. in 2012. Evelyn, a member of the FWAA, USBWA and the NCBWA, has covered Rebel sports for numerous outlets. In addition to working for The Rebel Walk, Evelyn is a sports writer for a newspaper in Texas.

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