On Tuesday, Jan. 29th, the Ole Miss Rebels will take on the Kentucky Wildcats in a game that the Wildcats must win in order to make the NCAA Tournament. The young Wildcats, after grinding out three of their last four games, only continue to get better, while Ole Miss is slowly wearing down.
John Calipari is the best coach in the country at developing talent. This season is a testament to that, as early season losses have slowly given way to dominant SEC performances. The upcoming game against Ole Miss will prove that.
Nerlens Noel will be too much for the Rebels down low, leaving the majority of Ole Miss’s points coming from Marshall Henderson. Calipari will know this and definitely have a game plan to take Henderson as far away from his averaging scoring as possible. If the Wildcats can stop Henderson, they will cruise past the Rebels.
Ole Miss lacks the underdog threat that they have had since the beginning of the season. The Rebels went from underdog to top dog in a matter of weeks. Kentucky is now the underdog. One thing these Kentucky freshmen are not used to is being considered the team that should lose and will fight harder to get back up.
Kentucky will win this game. Not because they have to, not because Ole Miss is getting tired, but because Kentucky is the better team. The personnel that Kentucky has will outplay the Rebels and will move one step closer to the NCAA tournament.