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Mississippi Rebels vs. Florida Gators Preview and Predictions 01-14-2020


Florida returns home after suffering its first SEC loss of the season, falling to sharp-shooting Missouri 91-75 on the road. That was the Tigers' first conference victory of the season and now the Gators face another opponent seeking its first SEC win as they host skidding Ole Miss on Tuesday.

"There are absolutely zero moral victories," Rebels coach Kermit Davis told reporters after his team came up short against Arkansas 76-72 Saturday. "Did we improve? Yes. We played well in spots. But we all expected to win in that locker room." The loss was Ole Miss' third in a row but the Rebels did show marked improvement with their ability to put the ball in the hoop, hitting 40.7 percent of their shots from the floor after shooting 30 percent in their 57-47 SEC-opening loss to Texas A&M and 30.8 percent in a 74-54 loss to Wichita State that began their skid. The Gators know all about poor shooting after connecting on just 8 of their 26 shots (30.8 percent) in the first half against Missouri but more concerning was the defense's inability to contain the hot Tigers shooters, who nailed 61.5 percent of their shots from the field and 63.2 percent from 3-point range for the game after hitting a whopping 8-of-11 from deep before the break (72.7 percent). "They kept hitting 3s," Florida coach Mike White told reporters. "We couldn't find a way to slow them down. My goodness - 62 percent (floor), 63 percent (treys], 18 assists, 11 turnovers. I can't remember the last time that happened to us at Florida. They dominated us."

TIME: 7 p.m. ET. TV: ESPN2

ABOUT OLE MISS (9-6, 0-2 SEC): Senior guard Breein Tyree scored 27 points in the loss to Arkansas and is pacing the SEC in scoring during league games, averaging 26.5 points in the two contests, the first Rebel to score at least 25 in each of the first two SEC games since Joe Harvell (1992). KJ Buffen (12 points, 10 rebounds) and Devontae Shuler (10 points, 11 rebounds) recorded the first double-doubles of their careers against Arkansas and Shuler has now scored in double digits in seven straight games, the longest streak by a Rebel this season. Ole Miss outrebounded Arkansas 40-28, the third time this season that the Rebels held a plus-12 advantage on the boards.

ABOUT FLORIDA (10-5, 2-1): After scoring over 20 points in back-to-back games to help lead the Gators to wins in their first two SEC games, point guard Andrew Nembhard struggled against Missouri, scoring just eight points on 2-of-6 shooting and notching only four assists. Forward Keyontae Johnson also came up short with five points to end his string of double-figure scoring at three games, but forward Kerry Blackshear, who leads the Gators with 15.1 points and 8.4 rebounds per game, scored 22 for his fourth 20-point game in his last five. Sophomore Noah Locke drilled his first four 3-pointers in the loss and has now recorded multiple 3-point shots in a school-record 12 straight games to tie Brett Nelson (1999-2003).

BUZZER BEATERS

1. Florida owns a 66-46 lead in this series after winning the last meeting 90-86 in overtime but the Rebels have won three of the last seven.

2. The Gators and Rebels will play a home-and-home series for the first time since the 2015-16 season as the teams also meet in Oxford on Feb. 8.

3. White needs one victory to reach 100 at Florida.

Prediction

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Stephen C. O'Connell Center
Gainesville, Florida, USA.
Capacity: 12,000

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Last Injuries

Florida Gators

  • Dontay Bassett

    Illness
    Ques Tues | questionable

    Bassett has been absent from the lineup during the last two games due to an illness, and it is uncertain if the symptoms will dissipate in time for Tuesday's matchup against Mississippi State.

  • Dontay Bassett

    Illness
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Bassett is ailing from an illness, and it is unknown if he will be available for Saturday's contest against Auburn.

  • Andrew Nembhard

    Flu
    Doub Sat | doubtful

    Nembhard is battling flu-like symptoms and is not expected to be available for Saturday's matchup versus Auburn.

  • Dontay Bassett

    Illness
    Prob Tues | probable

    Bassett is battling an illness, but is expected to play against Mississippi on Tuesday.

Mississippi Rebels

  • Luis Rodriguez

    Foot
    Early Feb | out

    Rodriguez is expected to be out until at least the beginning of February after having foot surgery.

  • Breein Tyree

    Back
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Tyree sat out the last game with a back contusion, leaving his status unknown for Saturday's battle versus LSU.

  • Khadim Sy

    Disciplinary
    Prob Sat | probable

    Sy is dealing with a disciplinary issue, but it is projected that he will face LSU on Saturday.