The Blue Raiders face a test drive at Ole Miss


MURFREESBORO, Tennessee – After a courageous road victory last Saturday over UT Martin, the Middle Tennessee men’s basketball (8-2) appears to be showing courage on the road against Ole Miss (6-3) on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. CT in The Pavilion at Ole Mademoiselle.

Wednesday night’s game will be shown on SEC Network + / ESPN +. Fans can tune into the WGNS 1450AM / 100.5 FM / 101.9 FM radio show; The Game 2 94.9 FM / 95.1 FM with Jeff Hem on call. For fans who wish to make the trip to Oxford, Mississippi, tickets can be purchased on the Rebels website.

The Blue Raiders are coming off an 84-75 road victory at UT Martin, their first real road victory since the 2019-20 season. The victory ended a 12-game losing streak in such games dating back to February 22, 2020.

Eli Laurent led the way on Saturday with 21 points and seven rebounds. Donovan sims and DeAndre Dishman contributed 15 points each while combining for 13 rebounds, seven assists, four steals and a block as well.

Game 11: Middle Tennessee (8-2, 0-0 C-USA) to Ole Miss (6-3, 0-0 SEC)

»Wednesday December 15, 2021 – 6.30 p.m. CT
»The Pavilion at Ole Miss
Oxford, Miss.

All Time Against Ole Miss

»Saturday’s game is the 14e meeting between the two programs, the Rebels leading 7-6. Ole Miss has won the last three contests after losing six of the previous seven.

Blue Raiders Notes

Middle Tennessee is 13th in the country in forced turnover (183) and 33rd in margin turnover (+4.4) and free throws (159).
The Blue Raiders are second to C-USA for scoring margin (+15.00) and third for margin on turnover (+4.8), shots blocked per game (4.67) and the total of interceptions (92).
Eli Laurent leads the Blue Raiders in both goals (13.3 points per game) and rebounds (5.1 points per game).
Tyler millin was the first man to leave the bench since Nick mcdevitt in each of the last four games and shoots 0.608 (14 for 23) from the ground and 0.500 (5 for 10) from long distance in that stretch.
MT surpassed its winning tally in 2020-21 with a win last Saturday.

Rebel scouting

Kermit Davis is in his fourth season at the helm of the Rebels. He entered the season tied for 33rd among active head coaches with 454 career wins, including 332 as head coach of the Blue Raiders from 2002 to 2018. He is 3-0 against the Middle Tennessee
Ole Miss is 6-3 to start this season. The Rebels suffered a 71-48 loss to C-USA foe Western Kentucky last Saturday in Atlanta.
Jarkel Joiner is Ole Miss’s leading scorer at 15.7 points per game and Davis’ leading 3-point shooter at 19 of 46 (0.413).
Nysier Brooks leads the Rebels on the rebound, averaging 7.4 rebounds per game.
Ole Miss shot 27.4 percent from the floor on Saturday in her loss to WKU, her second-worst single-game shooting percentage under Davis and only the fifth time under Davis, the Rebels failed to score 50 points.


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