Auburn visits Ole Miss; both look to make statement in SEC open - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Auburn visits Ole Miss; both look to make statement in SEC opener

Posted: Updated:
The Ole Miss Rebels will open their SEC schedule at home against the Auburn Tigers on Thursday. The Ole Miss Rebels will open their SEC schedule at home against the Auburn Tigers on Thursday.
  • SEC basketballMore>>

  • SEC Media Days dazes media, fans

    SEC Media Days dazes media, fans

    Monday, July 14 2014 1:30 PM EDT2014-07-14 17:30:02 GMT
    The long, dark night that has persisted since the end of football season is almost over. SEC Media Days, that glimmer of hope before life begins again anew, kicks off this week in Hoover, AL. More >>
    The long, dark night that has persisted since the end of football season is almost over. SEC Media Days, that glimmer of hope before life begins again anew, kicks off this week in Hoover, AL. More >>
  • Three teams on bubble as SEC basketball tourney begins

    Three teams on bubble as SEC basketball tourney begins

    Wednesday, March 12 2014 5:31 PM EDT2014-03-12 21:31:28 GMT
    The SEC basketball tournament gets underway Wednesday. Florida can make a statement, Kentucky can gain some confidence and Missouri, Arkansas and Tennessee can play their way into the NCAA Tournament.More >>
    The SEC basketball tournament gets underway Wednesday. Florida can make a statement, Kentucky can gain some confidence and Missouri, Arkansas and Tennessee can play their way into the NCAA Tournament.More >>
  • Bulldogs pull ahead of Rebels on late free throws

    Bulldogs pull ahead of Rebels on late free throws

    Saturday, January 11 2014 7:41 PM EST2014-01-12 00:41:04 GMT
    I.J. Ready and Colin Borchert hit free throws down the stretch Saturday to help Mississippi State pull away late with a 76-72 win over Ole Miss.
    More >>
    I.J. Ready and Colin Borchert hit free throws down the stretch Saturday to help Mississippi State pull away late with a 76-72 win over Ole Miss.
    More >>

OXFORD, MS (RNN) – The Ole Miss Rebels will open the 2014 SEC schedule at home against the Auburn Tigers on Thursday. The game will be broadcast on ESPN 2 at 6 p.m. CT.

The 9-4 Rebels will be without senior guard Marshall Henderson, who will serve the last two games of his three-game SEC/NCAA suspension stemming from an incident last summer. Henderson is currently leading the Rebels in scoring, averaging 18.8 points per game.

Auburn head coach Tony Barbee told AuburnTigers.com just because Marshall will not play doesn't mean his young team will grow "complacent."

The Tigers have two high scorers themselves: guards Chris Denson and KT Harrell both average more than 19 points per game. Meanwhile, the Rebels will rely more on junior guard Jarvis Summers, who scored a career-high 29 points in the loss to Dayton last Saturday.

Auburn (8-3) arrives in Oxford with a four-game winning streak and beat their last three opponents (Boston College, Arkansas-Pine Bluff and Florida A&M) by double digits. Ole Miss has not been as consistent, losing four of its last seven games, including losses at Kansas State and at home to Oregon.

The game pairs two teams that are similar statistically, with Ole Miss averaging 79.8 points per game and Auburn averaging 76.9 points per game. The Tigers will have to be tough on the floor; the Rebels lead the SEC and are third in the nation in blocks, nixing 95 shots so far this season and averaging 7.9 blocks per game.

Follow me on Twitter @TanitaG_RNN.

Copyright 2014 Raycom News Network. All rights reserved.

Powered by WorldNow