Thursday, February 14, 2008

The Story Continues

This interesting story of the Ole Miss men's basketball team continues as they take on the Auburn Tigers at Tad Smith Coliseum. The Rebels had a long winning streak at home until they lost a ridiculous game to South Carolina two weeks ago.

I have no clue what is wrong with this team. It sounds like to me there are alot of internal problems on the team right now that is causing them to lose focus, but then again what do I know. The things I do know, is that I am very down on this team right now. Over the past few weeks they have played like absolute garbage. There is not one single player who you can point a finger at as they have all had bad games over the span.

This team was once one of the hottest teams in the NCAA. Now they are probably the coldest and will not make the NCAA Tourney unless they "find the light" and get on a very hot winning streak. I would not even want to host an NIT at this point, because none of the fans would come.

I saw the Rebels play at Auburn about a month ago. They are more talented than the Tigers are, but like so many times this year, they have not executed well. Other teams seem to want to win more than Ole Miss does.

Who knows who will win this game? The one thing I do know is that if they don't get their act together, they are staring last place dead in the face.

(UMAA)REBELS HOST AUBURN TIGERS Ole Miss will face the return trip of a division foe for the first time this season when Auburn travels to Oxford for Saturday’s regionally televised contest on FSN South. The Rebels dropped an 80-77 decision on the Plains when the two teams met up on Jan. 19. Since that meeting, the Tigers have gone 1-5 and are 0-5 against league foes. Ole Miss is also searching for a win, having gone 2-5 in its last seven contests, including 1-5 in league play. The Rebels have dropped three straight SEC contests, including their most recent 76-67 defeat at Alabama. In conference games this season Ole Miss is 3-1 at home and Auburn owns a 1-3 mark in road contests. The Rebels have not lost four straight league games during Andy Kennedy’s tenure as head coach.
SCOUTING THE TIGERS Auburn is in the midst of a five-game losing skid after a three-game win streak that included a home victory over Ole Miss. The Tigers own a 12-10 overall record and 2-7 mark in league play, putting them tied for fifth in the SEC Western Division. In the recent five-game stretch, Auburn has dropped road games at Alabama and Vanderbilt and home contests versus LSU, Kentucky and Mississippi State. Overall, the Tigers score 70.5 points per game and allow 70.6. They are dead even with opponents at 33.0 rebounds per game. In league play the Tigers have scored 70.6 points and allowed 77.4. Four Auburn players average double figures and are all within 1.1 points of each other - Korvotney Barber (injured - 13.8), Quan Prowell (13.7), Rasheem Barrett (13.6) and Frank Tolbert (12.7). Tolbert tops the squad with 16.7 ppg and 5.9 rpg in league contests.