I know you don’t have any interest in this game, I don’t blame you. It’s the time of year when things like college basketball seem to slip away, taking a backseat to binge drinking and family avoidance. However, tonight’s game against Ole Miss has the makings of an entertaining tilt. Both teams are looking to head into league play with another solid non-conference win under their belt. With a win, Dayton gets its tenth victory of the season — a completely arbitrary number I picked before the year that would (for some reason) mark a successful pre-conference run.

Admittedly, I will have my eyes on something called the Belk Bowl when this one tips off — so I’m not immune to the pleasures of late December. Nevertheless, tickets are cheap as shit, you should go.

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[title type=”fancy-h3″ color=””]Overview[/title]

Ole Miss is like just about every team with 8-10 wins this season, a complete unknown. The Rebs are 8-3 with decent wins over Creighton, Oregon and Cincinnati. Mississippi opened up with a disappointing loss against Charleston Southern but has appeared to have things back on track. Their early season success is perhaps a bit misleading, as the Bearcats are the only current Top RPI 100 win on their resume as of this writing. 

The Rebels have actually played better away from home this season. They are 5-0 away from Oxford, averaging around 75 points per game, shooting 48% from the floor. At home, the Rebs are 3-3, scoring just over 68 points per game, connecting on just 38% of their field goal attempts. Ole Miss cares not for your Decibel Dungeon. 

Statistically, Ole Miss is a rather mediocre offensive team. They play at a moderate pace, shoot a pedestrian 33% from three and shoot 42% from the floor. The one thing the Rebels do well, better than anyone in the nation, is hit foul shots. Mississippi leads the nation from the charity stripe, hitting 78% of their attempts this season. Kennedy’s team excels on the defensive side of the floor, holding their opponents to 36% shooting from the floor.

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Jarvis Summers • G (6’3″/186) • Sr.
11.0 ppg, 3.5 apg

Summers’ scoring is down a bit this year, one of the better players in the SEC.


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LaDarius White • G (6’6″/211) • Sr.
12.7 ppg, 49% 3fg, 3.2 rpg

Nicknamed “Snoop.” Who was the last guy at UD to have a nickname? Huelsman (El capitán de mierda)?


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Aaron Jones • F (6’9″/220) • Sr.
3.8 ppg, 93% ft, 3.4 rpg

A six-nine dude hitting 93% of his free throws just seems wrong.


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Terence Smith • G (6’4″/195) • GSr.
3.4 ppg, 1.5 apg

Grad-transfer from UT-Martin, Smith is a threat from the perimeter.


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martaviousnewbyOleMiss
Martavious Newby • G (6’3″/210) • Jr.
5.2 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 94% ft

Losing minutes due to Ole Miss’ backcourt depth, a solid all-around player.


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Stefan Moody • G (5’10″/179) • Jr.
14.6 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 92% ft

A freak athlete, this kid is going to be a fucking problem. The JUCO transfer has lived up to the hype, a quick guard with excellent shooting touch.


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Sebastian Saiz • F (6’9″/233) • So.
7.2 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 68% fg

The Spaniard has a 7-4 wingspan, could literally hug every girl you’ve ever slept with at once.


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MJ Rhett • F (6’9″/240) • GSr.
6.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg

Solid inside player, led the Ohio Valley in double-doubles last season.


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[title type=”fancy-h3″ color=””]Prediction[/title]

Tough call here. Flyers are playing well with a reduced roster but Ole Miss seems to thrive on the road. I can’t see the Flyers coming out and shooting 56% from three again. I got the Rebs in a close one.

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