The Ole Miss Rebels take on the Kansas State Wildcats at 9 pm ET on ESPN2 in Manhattan, Kansas. Ole Miss is undefeated at 6-0, and Kansas State is 4-3.
An important game for both teams. Kansas State has not proved much this year. A 90-63 loss to Georgetown may have been an aberration, but the Wildcats need to shore up their weaknesses before playing a difficult conference schedule in the Big 12. Ole Miss will be looking to prove they are the real deal, and deserve a spot in the AP Top 25. A win at Kansas State, and No. 13 Oregon in their next game, would give them a strong case for a spot.
Ole Miss has a balanced scoring attack with three guards averaging just over 15 points per game. Junior Jarvis Summers is averaging 15.7 points, 2.8 rebounds, and 3.5 assists, and sophomore Derrick Millinghaus is averaging 15.3 points, 2.2 rebounds, and 2.5 assists. Senior Marshall Henderson, whose problems with authority are well noted, is averaging 15.2 points, 1.2 rebounds, and 2.0 assists. Marshall is an important catalyst for the Rebels on offense and defense (1.8 steals per game). The Rebels are also an excellent rebounding team with senior center Demarco Cox (8.2 RPG), and junior forward Aaron Jones (7.3 RPG).
Statistically, Kansas State does not match up well against the Rebels. The Wildcats’ leading scorer is freshman guard Marcus Foster who averages 13.9 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 1.7 assists per game. Junior forward Thomas Gipson is averaging a solid 11.4 points and 5.0 rebounds per contest. Senior guard Shane Southwell averages 9.4 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 3.0 assists. Southwell is another player with good, but not impressive stats. A strong team effort will be necessary to overcome the skilled Rebel guards.
The edge surely goes to Ole Miss, but if K-State wants to turn their season around, tonight would be a good time to step up.