Here are three questions for tonight's (7 p.m. CT/ESPN2/ESPN3.com) SEC basketball game between Alabama (14-7, 3-4 in SEC) and Ole Miss (14-7, 4-3) at Coleman Coliseum.
JaMychal Green and the rest of the Alabama front court will have their hands full on the backboards tonight.
Any fans of the pre-3-point shot era out there?
If so, sit back and enjoy because this matchup will be right down your alley. When it comes to the 3-point lines on the court at Coleman Coliseum tonight, they may as well be a sixth defender.
Among SEC teams, the Rebels (28.7 percent) and Crimson Tide (27 percent) enter today's game ranked eleventh and twelfth, respectively, in 3-point shooting percentage. Ole Miss has two players -- forward Terrance Henry and point guard Jarvis Summers -- shooting better than 32 percent from 3, while Alabama has one player -- forward Tony Mitchell -- shooting better than 30 percent from deep.
If ever there was a game when throw back uniforms would be appropriate, it's this one. Turn off the shot clocks, bring back Tom Hammond and Joe Dean, Sr., to work the broadcast and Saturday night in Coleman would be 1982 all over again.
Can Alabama hang with the Rebels on the glass?
The Rebels best offensive set? That would be a missed shot followed by an offensive board and subsequent put back from forwards Murphy Holloway (9.4 rpg) and Reginald Buckner (8.5 rpg). You know, similar to what we saw from South Carolina in the Gamecocks' win over UA a few Wednesdays ago.
The Rebels fell to the Florida, 64-60, on Jan. 26, despite out-rebounding UF, 41-23. Henry dropped 21 points and 10 rebounds on the Gators in Oxford.
In SEC games only, Ole Miss leads the league in rebounding (42.4) and rebounding margin (+9.9). Keep the Rebels off the offensive glass and Alabama's chances of winning will increase dramatically.
Can Ole Miss take care of the basketball?
For a true freshman, Summers (69 assists, 60 turnovers) has done a decent job of taking care of the basketball. The Rebels' starting front court, on the other hand, has been more generous than the Detroit Tigers in free agency.
Exactly one-third of Ole Miss' league-leading 336 turnovers have been committed by the duo of Henry and Holloway. Henry's 76 giveaways are easily the most by any player on either team, so look for the senior to see some double teams when the ball swings his way.
The Man says: Alabama -11.
Prediction: Alabama 64, Ole Miss 57.
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