Auburn Tigers (15-1) vs. Ole Miss Rebels (9-6)
January 15, 2022 8:30 pm EDT
The Line: Ole Miss Rebels +9 / Auburn Tigers -9; Over/Under: 137.5
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The 4th ranked Auburn Tigers will travel to The Sandy and John Black Pavilion at Ole Miss to take on the Ole Miss Rebels this Saturday night in College Basketball action.
The 4th ranked Auburn Tigers won their 12th straight game and improved to 15-1 on the season after defeating the 24th ranked Alabama Crimson Tide, 81-77, this past Tuesday. Auburn allowed Alabama to fight back from 70-57 deficit to tie the game late, however, the Tigers were able to hold on for the victory after a pair of Allen Flanigan FT’s with :58 seconds left in regulation gave Auburn the lead for good. Auburn shot 44.8% from the field & 26.9% from beyond the arc while holding Alabama to 34.8% shooting from the field & 22.6% from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Tigers was Jabari Smith who had 25 points, 7 rebounds, 1 assist, 4 blocks, & 2 steals.
On the season, Auburn is averaging 80.6 ppg on 45.3% shooting from the field. The Tigers are averaging 8.9 three-pointers per game on 34.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Auburn has been led by Jabari Smith (16.1 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.5 spg, 1.1 bpg), Wendell Green Jr. (13.1 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 4.6 apg, 1.4 spg), K.D. Johnson (12.8 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 1.4 apg, 2.3 spg), & Walker Kessler (9.4 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 3.9 bpg).
Defensviely, Auburn is allowing their opponents to average 65.6 ppg on 38.1% shooting from the field. The Tigers have a rebound margin of 3.6 and a turnover margin of 4.1.
The Ole Miss Rebels dropped to 9-6 on the season after being defeated by the Texas A&M Aggies, 67-51, this past Tuesday. Ole Miss trailed by a 33-29 margin at halftime and could not fight back after the Aggies took a 53-38 lead with 13:26 left in regulation. Ole Miss shot 34.6% from the field & 22.7% from beyond the arc while allowing Texas A&M to shoot 55.8% from the field & 27.8% from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Rebels was Matthew Murrell who had 11 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, & 2 steals.
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On the season, Ole Miss is averaging 69.2 ppg on 42.9% shooting from the field. The Rebels are averaging 7.2 three-pointers per game on 32.4% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Ole Miss has been led by Jarkel Joiner (13.6 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 2.8 apg, 1.2 spg), Daeshun Ruffin (11.7 ppg, 3.6 apg, 2.6 spg), Matthew Murrell (9.6 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 1.5 apg), & Jaemyn Brakefield (9.2 ppg, 4.5 rpg).
Defensively, Ole Miss is holding their opponents to an average of 64.4 ppg on 42.0% shooting from the field. The Rebels have a rebound margin of 0.7 and a turnover margin of 2.3.
The Tigers are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games, however, are just 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games on the road vs. Ole Miss. The Rebels are 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games vs. SEC opponents and 5-4 ATS in their last 9 home games.
Auburn has been outstanding on both ends of the court this season as the Tigers come into this game ranked 22nd in scoring offense, 100th in scoring defense, & 16th in defensive FG%. Ole Miss has been led by their defense which ranks 69th in scoring defense & 153rd in defensive FG%, however, the offense has struggled a bit as the Rebels rank just 246th in scoring offense, 243rd in FG%, & 234th in 3P-FG%.
Ole Miss is 8-1 at home and have been strong defensively, however, Auburn just has looked too good on both sides of the ball to fade in this spot. Auburn should have no trouble slowing down an Ole Miss offense that struggled putting points up recently against both Tennessee & Texas A&M and as I think Auburn wins this one by double-digits, I’m taking the Tigers to cover this spread. Good Luck!