Mizzou Basketball, Sports, The Maneater

Tigers and Rebels ready to renew rivalry

The sight of Ole Miss and sharpshooting guard Marshall Henderson might make Missouri’s blood boil.

Henderson combined for 54 points for the Rebels (15-7, 6-3 Southeastern Conference), who took two of the three meetings last season, including a 64-62 thriller at the SEC tournament.

In Missouri’s win, the scuffle between Ole Miss’ Reginald Buckner and Mizzou’s Alex Oriakhi’s saw technical fouls handed out to both benches, and Buckner was ejected. After the Tigers fell in the conference tournament, some players from both teams refused to shake hands with one another.

Regardless, both teams are fighting for their postseason lives. The Tigers (16-6, 4-5 SEC) could use a quality conference road win to boost their NCAA tournament resume. The Rebels could do well to secure a victory over an RPI top-100 team, against whom Mississippi is just 4-6.

Ole Miss has lost two of its last three games, but won five straight games prior. Henderson leads the team in scoring with 19.1 points per game and guard Jarvis Summers is not far behind with 17.5 points per game.

Junior guards Jabari Brown and Jordan Clarkson lead the Tigers into C.M. Tad Smith Coliseum. Brown leads the conference in scoring with 20.1 points per game. Clarkson is seventh in the conference with 18.7 points per game.

Missouri and Ole Miss tip off at 4 p.m. Saturday in Oxford, Miss. The game will be televised on FOX Sports Network.

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