A week after their last game, which was a dominating 86-44 win over the Austin Peay Governors, and with Christmas over, Tennessee basketball is ready to take the court again. This time, it’s on the road to tip off SEC play.
Rick Barnes’ team, ranked No. 7 in the AP Poll and No. 10 in the Coaches Poll, heads west to take on the Ole Miss Rebels in Mississippi. They’re still looking for their first official road win of the season after losing 75-70 to the Arizona Wildcats two Sundays ago.
Ole Miss comes into this game on the heels of an eight-day layoff. Their most recent outing was a 66-65 loss at home against the North Alabama Lions. Here is all the information you need for Tennessee basketball’s Wednesday night back.
- TV: SEC Network
- Live stream: WatchESPN
- Radio: Vol Network (Click here for affiliates); Ole Miss Radio Network (Click here for affiliates)
- Listen online: UTSports; OleMissSports
Gambling odds according to WynnBET
- Line: Tennessee -7.5
- Over/Under: 132
- Moneyline: Tennessee -355; Ole Miss +275
Game odds refresh periodically and are subject to change
In their fifth year under head coach Kermit Davis, Ole Miss returns just two starters from last year’s team that went 13-19 and 4-14 in SEC play. One of them, Matthew Murrell, is the only player to average double figures, at 15.6 points per game. Jaemyn Brakefield is the other.
The arrivals of freshman Amaree Abram, Loyola-New Orleans transfer Myles Burns and Jackson State Tigers transfer Jayveous McKinnis have helped add firepower. Even more critical is Daeshun Ruffin getting healthy, as he had been hurt since the middle of last year.
All of this makes the Rebels a dangerous team despite that upset loss. On the other side, Barnes and the Vols also should have benefitted from the week off. Josiah-Jordan James has been trying to get right since the start of the season, and Santiago Vescovi and Uros Plavsic have also battled injuries at times.
After this game, Tennessee basketball will have another six days off before welcoming the Mississippi State Bulldogs to Thompson-Boling Arena next week. Ole Miss, meanwhile, will next visit the Alabama Crimson Tide that same day.