San Diego vs Ole Miss Basketball Preview and Prediction
San Diego vs Ole Miss Preview
The first ever meeting between these two programs should provide a solid test to each squad as San Diego (5-1) won a pair of games last week, defeating Colorado (70-64) and Jackson State (76-58) at home.
Ole Miss (3-2) went 2-1 this past week with victories against Nicholls (75-55) and Baylor (78-70), and a loss against Cincinnati (71-57).
This San Diego squad is deep, experienced and talented. The Toreros returned the majority of their squad that won 20-games last season and advanced to the quarterfinals of the CIT. They are led by four returning senior starters, Isaiah Pineiro, Isaiah Wright, Olin Carter III and Tyler Williams. Pineiro, Wright and Carter III played in all 34 games last year, while Williams appeared in 29 contests.
Pineiro is nearly averaging a double-double with 22.0 points and 8.7 rebounds per game. He is also averaging 2.8 assists and 1.8 steals per game. Pineiro is shooting 54 percent from the field and 39 percent from 3-point range. He led the Toreros in scoring in four of the first six games and Olin Carter III has led the team in the other two contests.
USD plays ten players at least nine minutes a game–and they all come with some college basketball experience. This showdown against Ole Miss will not intimidate them one bit.
The Toreros traveled to Washington on Nov. 12 (L, 66-63) and played host to Colorado on Nov. 20 (W, 70-64). USD will head to Oregon on Dec. 12 take on Washington State on Dec. 22 in Las Vegas, Nevada, as part of the Las Vegas Classic.
They know how to play and handle their business against Power-Five teams.
The Rebels are playing their fourth game in a span of eight days. The matchup against San Diego will be the first of back-to-back home games this week. Ole Miss is coming off a runner-up finish at the Emerald Coast Classic, defeating Baylor before falling to Cincinnati.
Junior guard Breein Tyree has become one the veteran leaders on the floor. His consistency has allowed him to become the team’s leading scorer early on in the season, averaging 16.6 ppg to rank fifth in the SEC. Over the last 11 games dating back to last season, Tyree has reached double figures in every contest. He had the best game of his career on Friday, putting up a personal-best 28 points to lead Ole Miss to a victory over Baylor.
Shuler leads the SEC in playing time at 34.2 minutes per game, while ranking second in the conference in steals (2.2 per game). The sophomore guard also paces the Rebels in rebounds and assists.
Kermit Davis, a native of Leakesville, Mississippi, comes to Oxford after spending the last 16 seasons at Middle Tennessee and becoming the winningest coach in school history as well as Sun Belt Conference history.
Senior Terence Davis has 1,079 points to rank 34th in Ole Miss history. He is on pace to crack the top 20, and with a big year, could find himself in the top 10 to end his Rebel career. With 30 points at Butler, Davis passed Todd Abernethy (1,036), Denver Brackeen (1,040) and Ron Coleman (1,046) to move from 39th to 36th. Last week, he passed Jason Harrison (1,066) by recording a team-high 14 points versus Nicholls and then leapfrogged Coolidge Ball (1,072) in Friday’s win over Baylor. Next on his chase up the chart are Terrance Henry (1,095) and Fred Cox (1,102). John Stroud is the Rebels’ all-time scoring leader with 2,328 points.
LINE: -7.5 Ole Miss
Ole Miss has looked sharp in Kermit Davis’ first season at the helm, but I have a basketball-crush on this San Diego Toreros team. They are experienced, talented and look forward to showing out against these Power Five schools.
I not only expect USD to cover the point spread, but to win the game outright.
San Diego 77 Ole Miss 73