Ole Miss vs. Georgia - 3/11/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Ole Miss vs. Georgia - 3/11/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Georgia Bulldogs (15-16) at Mississippi Rebels (15-16)

College Basketball: Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Bridgestone Arena)

The Line: Mississippi Rebels -2.5 -- Over/Under: 143.5

TV: SEC Network

The Ole Miss Rebels and the Georgia Bulldogs meet in an SEC conference tournament first round matchup from the Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday night.

The Georgia Bulldogs come into the conference tournament as the #13-seed, finishing the year with a 5-13 conference record as part of their 15-16 overall mark this year. Anthony Edwards leads the Bulldogs in scoring with 19.5 PPG while Rayshaun Hammonds is 2nd in scoring and tops in rebounding with 12.6 PPG and 7.3 RPG and Sahvir Wheeler has 8.8 PPG and a team-high 4.4 APG this season. As a team, Georgia is averaging 75.7 points on 44.8% shooting from the field, 29.8% from 3-point range and 70.2% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 76 points on 45.4% shooting from the field and 32.7% from 3-point range this season.

The Ole Miss Rebels enter the tournament as the #12-seed, finishing the year with a 6-12 conference record as part of their 15-16 record this season. Breein Tyree leads Ole Miss in scoring with 19.7 PPG while Devontae Shuler is 2nd in scoring and tops in assists with 11.5 PPG and 3.3 APG this season. Blake Hinson has 10.2 PPG and KJ Buffen has 10.1 PPG and a team-high 6.1 RPG this year. As a team, Ole Miss is averaging 69.2 points on 43.2% shooting from the field, 32.5% from 3-point range and 73.2% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 68.1 points on 42.2% shooting from the field and 28.9% from 3-point range this season.

These first round matchups can be tough to predict, especially when you consider how many upsets we’ve seen in other conference tournaments already this season. However, Ole Miss beat Georgia by 10 in the lone meeting earlier this season, and the Bulldogs have had some serious issues defensively, allowing 84.6 PPG across their last 5 games. Ole Miss hasn’t been scoring a ton, but Georgia’s defensive woes could open up the door for Ole Miss here. I’ll lay the points with the Rebels in this one.

Chris’s Pick Ole Miss -2.5

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.