Auburn vs. Mississippi - 1/9/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Mississippi Rebels (9-6) at Auburn Tigers (14-1)
College Basketball: Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at 9:00 pm (Auburn Arena)
The Line: Auburn Tigers -11 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN U
The Ole Miss Rebels will travel to Auburn Arena to take on the Auburn Tigers this Tuesday night in College Basketball action.
The Ole Miss Rebels improved to 9-6 (2-1 SEC) on the season after defeating the Mississippi State Bulldogs, 64-58, this past Saturday. Ole Miss struggled offensively for most of the game and was down by a 50-39 margin with 10:42 left in regulation, however, the Rebels were able to secure the come from behind victory after finishing the game on a 25-8 run. Ole Miss shot just 33.9% from the field and 25.0% (7-28) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Rebels was Breein Tyree who had 16 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, and a steal. On the season, Ole Miss is averaging 79.2 ppg on 44.5% shooting from the field. The Rebels are averaging 8.7 three-pointers per game on 33.7% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensviely, Ole Miss has been led by Deandre Burnett (14.4 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 4.7 apg), Terence Davis (13.5 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 2.6 apg, 1.0 spg, 1.0 bpg), Markel Crawford (10.5 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.1 spg), and Breein Tyree (9.5 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 2.8 apg). Defensively, Ole Miss is allowing their opponents to average 74.5 ppg on 41.7% shooting from the field. The Rebels have a rebound margin of -0.9 and a turnover margin of 2.0.
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The Auburn Tigers won their 12th straight game and improved to 14-1 (2-0 SEC) on the season after defeating the 22nd ranked Arkansas Razorbacks, 88-77, this past Saturday. Auburn was outstanding on the offensive end throughout the game and had no trouble pulling away for the victory in the 2nd half after taking a 47-30 halftime lead. Auburn shot 51.7% from the field and 55.0% (11-20) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Tigers was Jared Harper who had 14 points, 8 assists, 1 rebound, and 2 steals. On the season, Auburn is averaging 87.3 ppg on 45.9% shooting from the field. The Tigers are averaging 9.8 three-pointers per game on 37.7% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Auburn has been led by Mustapha Heron (15.9 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 1.3 spg), Bryce Brown (15.7 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 2.4 apg), Jared Harper (12.7 ppg, 2.4 rpg. 5.5 apg, 1.1 spg), and Desean Murray (10.9 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 1.7 apg). Defensively, Auburn is allowing their opponents to average 73.1 ppg on 40.3% shooting from the field. The Tigers have a rebound margin of 8.0 and a turnover margin of 2.2.
The Rebels are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games vs. SEC opponents and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 Tuesday games. The Tigers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. SEC opponents and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games overall.
Ole Miss has played well as of late, winning 4 of their last 5 games, which has largely been due to their defensive effort as the Rebels have held their opponents to just an average of just 64.0 ppg in those five games, which is more than 10 points lower than their season average. Auburn continues to just keep piling up wins and has been great on both ends of the court this season as the Tigers rank 11th in scoring offense, 7th in blocks per game, and 47th in defensive FG%. Ole Miss has had most of their success at home this season as the Rebels are just 1-3 on the road this year and as I really like the effort that Tigers have shown in their victories over Tennessee and Arkansas recently, I’m taking Auburn to cover this home spread.