Mississippi (9-8, 4-6) vs. Auburn (10-9, 4-6)
Auburn Arena, Auburn, Alabama; Saturday, 4 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Auburn seeks revenge on Mississippi after dropping the first matchup in Oxford. The teams last met on Jan. 6, when the Rebels outshot Auburn from the field 45.8 percent to 36.1 percent and recorded five fewer turnovers en route to an 11-point victory.
FRESHMAN FOUR: Auburn has relied heavily on its freshmen this year. Allen Flanigan, Jaylin Williams, JT Thor and Sharife Cooper have collectively accounted for 54 percent of the team’s scoring this year and 66 percent of all Tigers points over the last five games.
SEC IMPROVEMENT: The Tigers have scored 81.9 points per game against SEC opponents so far, an improvement from the 75.3 per game they put up against non-conference competition.SHULER CAN SHOOT: Devontae Shuler has connected on 33 percent of the 97 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 7 of 26 over the last five games. He’s also made 78.7 percent of his foul shots this season.
SLIPPING AT 65: Mississippi is 0-8 when it allows at least 65 points and 9-0 when it holds opponents to less than 65.
UNDEFEATED WHEN: Mississippi is a perfect 9-0 when its defense holds opponents to a field goal percentage of 41.2 percent or less. The Rebels are 0-8 when allowing opponents to shoot any better than that.
DID YOU KNOW: The Mississippi defense has forced opponents into turnovers on an impressive 25.1 percent of all possessions, which ranks the Rebels ninth among Division I teams. The Auburn offense has turned the ball over on 22.1 percent of its possessions (ranking the Tigers 308th, nationally).
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