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Auburn Tigers vs Mississippi Rebels Pick & Prediction, Sat Jan 15 08:30 PM

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No. 4 Auburn brings plenty of momentum and a measure of swagger with it when it squares off against enigmatic Ole Miss on Saturday in Southeastern Conference play at Oxford, Miss.

The Tigers (15-1, 4-0 SEC) arrive after a thrilling 81-77 victory at No. 24 Alabama on Tuesday that stretched their winning streak to 12 games. Jabari Smith scored a career-high 25 points as the Tigers responded after the Crimson Tide rallied to tie the game with 4:04 remaining following a 14-0 run.

Wendell Green Jr. added 19 points for Auburn, with K.D. Johnson scoring 13 and Allen Flanigan 10, including the deciding four free throws in Auburn's final, winning surge.

"I knew it was going to come down to the final minutes," Flanigan said. "So (it was about) just us staying together, staying together as a group, just staying and being ourselves. In the end, just rebounding, getting stops and knocking down free throws."

Auburn held the Crimson Tide to 0-of-8 shooting from the floor over the final four minutes.

"We won the game with our defense, by getting stops," Auburn coach Bruce Pearl said. "I think our defense was what saved us late. When you beat a ranked team on the road, you've really done something."

The Rebels (9-6, 1-2) return home after a 67-51 loss at Texas A&M on Tuesday. Ole Miss trailed by just four points at halftime and stayed close until midway through the second half when it surrendered a 14-1 run to the Aggies that stoked the A&M lead to 53-38.

The Rebels got 11 points from Matthew Murrell in the defeat, his second straight game leading Ole Miss' scorers after hitting a career-high 31 against Mississippi State on Jan. 8. The Rebels were just 5 of 22 from beyond the arc in the loss.

"I just thought that from the start our energy level was really low compared to games like Tennessee and State," Rebels coach Kermit Davis said. "We just couldn't get consistent play out of the gate. "We had no rhythm offensively and we weren't very tough defensively."

Mississippi was outscored 42-24 in the paint, outrebounded 31-28 and finished with just nine points from its bench in Tuesday's loss.

"That's one of the softest teams, just coaching, that I've ever put on the floor since I've been at Ole Miss," Davis said.

Prior to the game Davis announced that guard Jarkel Joiner, the Rebels' leading scorer at 13.6 points per game, would miss up to six weeks to undergo a procedure on his injured back. Joiner is the second high-profile Mississippi player to miss significant time this season. Forward Robert Allen is out for the year after tearing his ACL in December.

The Rebels won the past two games against the Tigers, including an 86-84 victory last February at Auburn in the most recent meeting. Auburn owns a 76-62 all-time edge over Ole Miss in a rivalry that began in 1928.

--Field Level Media

PREDICTION
Auburn Tigers
73
66
Mississippi Rebels

Auburn Tigers vs. Mississippi Rebels Recap JAN 6TH 2021

Senior forward Anfernee McLemore tied a career-high with 19 points, including a big 3-pointer before fouling out in the first overtime, and guard Samir Doughty scored all 17 of his points after halftime as Auburn survived Mississippi's upset bid for an 83-82 victory in two overtimes Tuesday night in Oxford, Miss.

The No. 17 Tigers (18-2, 5-2 Southeastern Conference) trailed the unranked Rebels (10-10, 1-6 SEC) by double digits for much of the night and had to overcome a 19-point deficit early in the second half and trailed by 10 in the last six minutes.

They also were down 82-78 in the second overtime before going on a 5-0 run capped by forward Isaac Okoro's driving bank shot and ensuing free with 1:41 remaining that ended the scoring.

Junior guard Devontae Shuler scored a career-high 26 points, and Blake Hinson added 16 for the Rebels, who were without guard Breein Tyree, the SEC's leading scorer at 18.9 points per game, for the extra periods. He fouled out with 5:15 left in regulation after scoring just eight points.

Auburn ended regulation with a 12-3 scoring run but missed a chance for the win when Okoro's 3-pointer from the wing was off. Doughty also missed a hurried 3-pointer in the closing seconds of the first extra period to send the game to a second overtime at 77-77.

The Tigers got off to a horrific start to the game, missing eight consecutive shots over an 8:40 span after taking a 2-0 lead on center Austin Wiley's tip-in just over a minute into the game.

Auburn was able to cut Ole Miss' 37-20 halftime lead to 39-30 in less than four minutes of the second period and was within single digits for much of the final 10 minutes of regulation.

--Field Level Media

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