Ole Miss already has knocked off one ACC opponent so far in the NIT and now faces another with a trip to the semifinals on the line. The fifth-seed Rebels rode the hot shooting of Terence Davis to upend top-seeded Syracuse on Sunday, earning a home game against sixth seed Georgia Tech on Tuesday in the quarterfinals, with the winner making a visit to Madison Square Garden in New York City for the final four.

Both teams come into the quarterfinals off strong offensive performances. The Rebels torched Syracuse’s zone defense with 15 3-pointers (six by Davis) in an 85-80 victory. Davis finished with 30 points and Deandre Burnett added five 3-pointers en route to 19 points. The Yellow Jackets shot 55.2 percent after halftime in Sunday’s victory over Belmont, scoring 41 points in the final 20 minutes to break open a close game. Quinton Stephens led the way with a career-high 23 points while Ben Lammers posted his 15th double-double of the season.

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ABOUT GEORGIA TECH (19-15): Stephens is finishing his career with a flourish, averaging 18.3 points over his last three games while shooting 10-of-24 from 3-point range during that span. Lammers recorded 14 points and 10 rebounds against Belmont and enters Tuesday third in the nation in blocked shots per game (3.2). The Yellow Jackets, who many picked to finish at or near the bottom of the ACC, rank 13th nationally in field-goal percentage defense (39.5 percent).

ABOUT OLE MISS (22-13): Davis is averaging 18.3 points over his last 11 contests, making him one of three players - along with Burnett and Sebastian Saiz - scoring at least 14.9. Saiz leads the SEC and ranks fifth in the nation in rebounding at 11.3 per contest, posting his 22nd double-double of the season with 10 points and 12 boards against Syracuse. Ole Miss seeks its third trip to the NIT semifinals under coach Andy Kennedy (2008, 2010).


1. Georgia Tech freshman G Josh Okogie has registered 39 points, nine assists, two turnovers and 15 rebounds in two NIT games.

2. Davis is averaging 14.9 points this season after scoring just 1.8 per contest as a freshman last campaign.

3. Georgia Tech leads the all-time series 11-9, with 19 of those games coming when both schools were in the SEC from 1926-64. Ole Miss won the last meeting, posting a 77-67 victory in the 2013 Barclays Center Classic.

PREDICTION: Ole Miss 73, Georgia Tech 67
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