The Kentucky Wildcats are in Oxford, Mississippi at The Pavilion to take on the Mississippi Rebels in an important game for both teams. Important for Kentucky because they need some momentum going into the NCAA Tournament. They need to win the SEC Tournament for a ticket into March Madness. The Wildcats have only themselves to blame for this position they’re in.
Kentucky is going into Tuesday night with an overall record of 8-14 and 7-8 in the conference. The most likely scenario for the Wildcats is a trip to the NIT instead of the NCAA Tournament. If Kentucky were on the bubble, I’m sure they’d get the nod because of their brand name. That’s not the case, though, and they need a win in the SEC Tournament for an auto-bid.
Ole Miss removed themselves from the bubble following a 75-70 loss against Vanderbilt on Saturday. That’s a bad loss for the Rebels, as they were road chalk as 11.5-point favorites but came up empty handed on the road trip. Given the situation for Ole Miss, a performance like that was inexcusable against the last place Commodores.
In any case, like Kentucky, the Rebels can still win what should be a wide-open SEC Tournament. Alabama might be at the top of the standings in the conference, but I’d have to say they’re ripe for an upset at some point in the tournament. Let’s not completely write off Kentucky and Ole Miss before the games are played in the SEC. The Rebels worked hard to put themselves in a position on the NCAA Tournament bubble.
They were winners in four straight games from February 2 to February 13. Mississippi State broke the hot streak up for Ole Miss with a 66-56 final two weeks ago. Then Ole Miss went on the road and won as four-point underdogs by a score of 60-53. Instead of building up momentum following that victory, they fell on their faces against Vanderbilt. Head below for our free Kentucky vs. Ole Miss pick on March 2, 2021.
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The Kentucky Wildcats are synonymous with March. They may not win at the rate that their fans would hope for, but Kentucky is always a good option to go deep into the NCAA Tournament. However, the Covid season has been a throwaway year for them. Just like for a lot of people, this year is one to forget for the Wildcats. It isn’t that the cupboard is completely empty, but this team plays with little confidence on the floor. They consistently give away winnable games because of bad mental lapses.
Following a three-game winning streak, Kentucky got back on the losing path against the Gators on Saturday. Florida went to Kentucky and edged the Wildcats out by a score of 71-67. Their offense has been far too inconsistent to maintain any type of success this season. Kentucky ranks 223rd in the country with 69.7 points scored per game. They’ve been even less effective on the road with an average of 67.6 points netted. It should be tough for the Wildcats to find success offensively against an Ole Miss team that focuses heavily on defense.
Ole Miss has conceded just 63.9 points per game for 36th in the NCAA. The Rebels have been stronger at home with 60.2 points allowed. With an inconsistent Kentucky offense coming to Oxford tonight, Ole Miss should be able to grind away at the Wildcats in this one. The Rebels are coming off a really bad loss as double-digit favorites, and I am feeling a bounce-back performance for them at home. I am on Ole Miss as small home favorites against the visiting Wildcats.