Oklahoma vs. Ole Miss
Tip: 11:40 AM (Central)
Location: Colonial Life Arena (Columbia, SC)
Line: -1.5 Miss
The Sooners are 1-2 all-time against the Rebels.
History In The Dance
The Sooners are 41-31 all-time in the NCAA Tournament (6-5 under Lon Kruger) and have reached the Final Four five times (1939, 1947, 1988, 2002 and 2016). Oklahoma also boasts nine Elite Eight showings and 11 Sweet 16 appearances.
Oklahoma is 4-3 during opening weekend games under Kruger.
The Sooners are making their 32nd NCAA Tournament appearance overall.
Oklahoma is the only school in the country with a win over a team from every major conference (Power Five + Big East).
Shooting Better Just Works…Most Of The Time
Oklahoma’s loss to West Virginia in the Big 12 Tournament was the first time the Sooners dropped a game this season when shooting better than their opponent. OU was 19-1 when it holding a better shooting percentage than opponents and 0-12 when they have an equal or worse shooting percentage.
Rebounding Comes In Handy As Well
The Sooners are 13-1 when out-rebounding their opponents. In its 19 wins, Oklahoma is winning the rebounding margin by an average of 3.5 boards.
Oklahoma enters the NCAA Tournament with three players averaging double figures in scoring. Christian James leads the way, with an average of 14.4 points per game, followed by Brady Manek (12 PPG) and Kristian Doolittle (11.2 PPG).
Doolittle is also the team’s leading rebounder, grabbing an average of 7 boards per game.
Freshman point guard Jamal Bieniemy leads the team with an average of 3.5 assists per game.
Oklahoma (19-13) is averaging 71.2 points per game this season and is giving up an average of 68.2 points per game to opponents.
Scouting The Rebels
Ole Miss also has three players scoring in double figures. Guard Breein Tyree leads the team, with an average of 18.2 points per game, followed by Terence Davis (15.1 PPG) and Devontae Shuler (10.2 PPG).
Davis is pulling down an average of 5.8 boards per game to lead the Rebels in rebounding and is also dishing out a team-high 3.4 assists per game.
Ole Miss scores an average of 75.4 points per game while allowing opponents an average of 70.4 points per game.