Men's College Basketball
Preview
Mississippi at South Carolina
When: 7:00 PM ET, Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Where: Colonial Life Arena, Columbia, South Carolina

South Carolina hosts Ole Miss on Tuesday in a contest in which the winner will gain the inside track for a double-bye in the SEC tournament. The Gamecocks and Rebels are tied for fourth place in the league standings, and the victor of their matchup will take a one-game lead for the final double-bye and hold the head-to-head tiebreaker.



The Rebels have won four straight to surge in the standings and are coming off a 75-65 home win over Missouri on Saturday. Ole Miss has been dominant on defense during its winning streak, holding opponents to 63.8 points per game while forcing an average of 19.3 turnovers. The Gamecocks have leveled off after a 4-0 start to SEC play and are trying to win back-to-back games for the first time since then as they look to build off Saturday’s 84-77 home triumph over Texas A&M. The Rebels hold a 20-19 edge in the all-time series, but the Gamecocks have won 11 of 13 meetings at home and posted an 85-84 victory in last year’s conference tournament.

TV: 7 p.m. ET, SEC Network



ABOUT OLE MISS (18-7, 8-4 SEC): The Rebels have been getting it done at both ends of the floor, averaging 11.3 steals during their four-game winning streak while continuing to shoot well from 3-point range. The backcourt pair of Breein Tyree (18.4 points) and Terence Davis (15.6, 6.1 rebounds) are the highest-scoring duo in the SEC, and the former has upped his production to 22 points per game over his last seven contests. Devontae Shuler (9.7 points, 1.9 steals) will be playing in his home state of South Carolina for the first time as a Rebel.

ABOUT SOUTH CAROLINA (13-12, 8-4): The Gamecocks split two games last week despite Chris Silva (14.2 points, 7.6 rebounds) averaging 19.5 points and 14.5 rebounds while posting double-doubles against Tennessee and Texas A&M. Silva has come on strong in conference play to surpass freshman guard A.J. Lawson (13.8 points) for the team’s scoring lead. Hassani Gravett (11.1 points) also averages double digits in points and is shooting at a 42.4 percent clip from 3-point range.



TIP-INS

1. The Rebels lead the SEC and rank eighth nationally in free-throw percentage (77.3).

2. South Carolina G Tre Campbell is shooting 51 percent from 3-point range in conference play, including 15-for-25 over his last five games.

3. The Gamecocks matched the school record with 16 3-pointers against Texas A&M.



PREDICTION: Ole Miss 75, South Carolina 71


Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Neutral Day Night Conf
Mississippi 18-7 W4 10-3 5-3 3-1 10-2 8-5 8-4
South Carolina 13-12 W1 9-5 3-6 1-1 6-7 7-5 8-4
Last Meeting
Mississippi South Carolina
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
3/7/18 MISS 84 SCAR 85 84 41 40.3 85 39 46.6
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Mississippi B. Tyree 18 46.7 0
South Carolina F. Booker 21 53.8 1
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Mississippi B. Stevens 13 7 6
South Carolina C. Silva 11 4 7
Assists Player  
Mississippi D. Burnett 4
South Carolina H. Gravett 7
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Mississippi B. Tyree 460 48.4 103
South Carolina C. Silva 355 51.9 122
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Mississippi T. Davis 153 35 118
South Carolina C. Silva 189 64 125
Assists Player  
Mississippi T. Davis 88
South Carolina A. Lawson 70
Quickchart Matchup
blue bar Mississippi Off vs  red bar South Carolina Defense
blue bar 77.1 Points For
red bar 75.5 Points Against
blue bar 46.9 FG%
red bar 43.1 FG%
blue bar 31.2 Reb
red bar 33.2 Reb
red bar South Carolina Off vs  blue bar Mississippi Defense
red bar 73.5 Points For
blue bar 69.8 Points Against
red bar 42.9 FG%
blue bar 42.8 FG%
red bar 32.3 Reb
blue bar 28.4 Reb