College Basketball

Kentucky vs Ole Miss 3/1/22 College Basketball Picks, Predictions, Odds

Ole Miss Rebels (13-16) vs. Kentucky Wildcats (23-6)
March 1, 2022 7:00 pm EDT
The Line: Kentucky Wildcats -18 / Ole Miss Rebels +18; Over/Under: 141.5
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The Ole Miss Rebels will travel to Rupp Arena to take on the 7th ranked Kentucky Wildcats this Tuesday night in College Basketball action.

The Ole Miss Rebels lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 13-16 on the season after being defeated by the Texas A&M Aggies, 76-66, this past Saturday. Ole Miss struggled on both ends of the court in the 1st half and could not fight back after going into halftime trailing by a 46-23 margin. Ole Miss shot 40.4% from the field & 31.8% from beyond the arc while allowing Texas A&M to shoot 54.0% from the field & 35.7% from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Rebels was Matthew Murrell who had 20 points, 2 rebounds, & 1 assist.

On the season, Ole Miss is averaging 68.5 ppg on 43.4% shooting from the field. The Rebels are averaging 7.1 three-pointers per game on 32.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Ole Miss has been led by Jarkel Joiner (14.1 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.2 spg), Daeshun Ruffin (12.6 ppg, 1.5 rpg, 3.4 apg, 2.3 spg), Matthew Murrell (11.4 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 1.7 apg), & Nysier Brooks (9.8 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 1.3 bpg). Ole Miss will be without Dashaun Ruffin who is out the rest of the season due to a knee injury.

Defensively, Ole Miss is allowing their opponents to average 68.2 ppg on 44.9% shooting from the field. The Rebels have a rebound margin of -0.1 and a turnover margin of 0.8.

The 7th ranked Kentucky Wildcats had their 2-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 23-6 on the season after being defeated by the 18th ranked Arkansas Razorbacks, 75-73, this past Saturday. Kentucky took a 70-69 lead late on a Kellan Grady three-pointer with just 2:21 left in regulation, however, the Wildcats offense struggled down the stretch and could not fight back after the Razorbacks took a 74-70 lead with just :13 seconds left in regulation. Kentucky shot 45.5% from the field & 26.7% from beyond the arc while allowing Arkansas to shoot 48.3% from the field & 27.8% from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Wildcats was Oscar Tshiebwe who had a double-double with 30 points, 18 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 blocks, & 1 steal.

On the season, Kentucky is averaging 80.3 ppg on 48.5% shooting from the field. The Wildcats are averaging 6.3 three-pointers per game on 35.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Kentucky has been led by Oscar Tshiebwe (16.9 ppg, 15.3 rpg, 1.1 apg, 1.8 spg, 1.5 bpg), TyTy Washington Jr. (12.3 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 4.0 apg, 1.2 spg), Kellan Grady (12.0 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 1.2 apg), Keion Brooks Jr. (11.2 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 1.0 apg), & Sahvir Wheeler (9.8 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 7.0 apg, 1.2 spg).

Defensively, Kentucky is holding their opponents to an average of 65.6 ppg on 40.7% shooting from the field. The Wildcats have a rebound margin of 10.6 and a turnover margin of 0.6.

The Rebels are 2-4 ATS in their last 6 games & 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Tuesday games. The Wildcats are 9-8 ATS in their last 17 home games, however, are just 2-5 ATS in their last 8 games as a favorite.

Ole Miss has struggled on both ends of the court this season as the Rebels come into this game ranked just 244th in scoring offense, 227th in FG%, & 272nd in defensive FG% and have also struggled on the road, posting just a 2-6 road record. Kentucky has looked at times as the team to beat this season and between the fact that Kentucky is 17-0 at home and that their offense, which ranks 11th in scoring offense & 15th in FG% will be able to put up plenty of offense against the Rebels, I think Kentucky wins this one by 20+ and covers this large home spread. Good Luck!

Brett Nault's Free Pick:
Kentucky Wildcats -18

Brett Nault

Brett has been involved with sports his entire life, whether playing them or betting on them, and loves using his education in data analytics to break down all matchups to get you a competitive edge. Follow Brett Nault on Twitter @BrettCU05
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