Mississippi Men's Basketball 2019 NCAA Tournament Capsule


Ole Miss Rebels

SEC (20-12, 10-8)

Many projected Mississippi to finish dead last in the SEC during Coach Kermit Davis’ debut season. Instead, the Rebels are back in the NCAA Tournament. There were some tough stretches after the team’s 13-2 start to the campaign. They lost four straight starting in mid-January and then again lost four-of-five starting in the middle of February.
Big Wins: 11/23 vs Baylor (78-70), 1/12 at Mississippi State (81-77), 2/13 at Auburn (60-55)
Bad Losses: 11/16 at Butler (76-83), 2/19 at South Carolina (64-79), 3/2 at Arkansas (73-74)
Coach: Kermit Davis
Why They Can Surprise:
Breein Tyree and Terence Davis are the players that make this team tick. Tyree, a 6-2 junior, leads the team with 18.2 points per game. He is a prolific and consistent outside shooter and is the main reason why Ole Miss is one of the best free-throw shooting teams in the country. Terence Davis is a good shooter too and averages 15.1 points per game, but he also leads the team with 5.8 rebounds and 3.4 assists.
Why They Can Disappoint:
The Rebels do struggle on the glass and defensively. The frontcourt does have some size with Bruce Stevens, KJ Buffen and Dominik Olejniczak, but none of them are prolific shot blockers and that can make it easy for the opposition to get to the basket. But the biggest flaw defensively is their three-point defense. Mississippi allows the opposition to shoot 37.5 percent from beyond the arc and that is one of the worst percentages in the nation. When Ole Miss runs into a team that can hit their shots, they could have a short trip to the NCAA Tournament.
Probable Starters:
Breein Tyree, Junior, Guard, 18.2 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 2.8 apg
Terence Davis, Senior, Guard, 15.1 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 3.4 apg
Devontae Shuler, Sophomore, Guard, 10.2 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 3.0 apg
Blake Hinson, Freshman, Guard, 8.2 ppg
Bruce Stevens, Senior, Forward, 8.5 ppg, 4.4 rpg
Key Role Players:
KJ Buffen, Freshman, Forward, 6.2 ppg, 4.3 rpg
Dominik Olejniczak, Junior, Center, 5.3 ppg, 2.9 rpg
D.C. Davis, Senior, Guard, 2.2 ppg
By the Numbers:
Scoring Offense: 76.0 (93rd in nation, 7th in conference)
Scoring Defense: 70.6 (163, 7)
Field-Goal Percentage: 46.2 (74, 4)
Field-Goal Defense: 44.2 (210, 14)
Three-Point Field Goals Per Game: 8.2 (124, 5)
Three-Point Field-Goal Percentage: 36.1 (96, 4)
Free-Throw Percentage: 78.5 (3, 1)
Rebound Margin: 2.3 (107, 8)
Assists Per Game: 14.5 (97, 4)
Turnovers Per Game: 12.8 (154, 5)
Recent Postseason Appearances:
2017NITFirst Round win over Monmouth
2017NITSecond Round win over Syracuse
2017NITQuarterfinal loss to Georgia Tech
2015NCAAOpening Round win over BYU
2015NCAARound of 64 loss to Xavier
2013NCAARound of 64 win over Wisconsin
2013NCAARound of 32 loss to LaSalle
2012NITFirst Round loss to Illinois State
2011NITFirst Round loss to California
2010NITFirst Round win over Troy
2010NITSecond Round win over Memphis
2010NITQuarterfinal win over Texas Tech
2010NITSemifinal loss to Dayton
2008NITFirst Round win over UC Santa Barbara
2008NITSecond Round win over Nebraska
2008NITQuarterfinal win over Virginia Tech
2008NITSemifinal loss to Ohio State
2007NITFirst Round win over Appalachian State
2007NITSecond Round loss to Clemson
2002NCAARound of 64 loss to UCLA
*all team stats through 3/10