By Adam Brown
The Ole Miss men’s basketball team released its home 2019-20 schedule on Monday (July 1). The Rebels will take the court inside the Pavilion for 17 games with the season opener against Arkansas State on Nov. 8.
Ole Miss will tip the season off against the Red Wolves the night before football takes on New Mexico State inside the Vaught. The Rebels will then play host to Western Michigan (Nov. 15) for the second time in as many seasons, one day before the football Rebels battle LSU in the final home game of the year. Last season, Davis’ squad defeated the Broncos 90-64.
“We are excited to play 17 games in one of the best facilities in college basketball,” said Ole Miss head men’s basketball coach Kermit Davis. “With the passion of Rebel Nation, including our outstanding student section Club Red, The Pavilion provides the best fan experience in the SEC. The energetic gameday atmosphere makes a difference on the court.”
On Nov. 19, the Rebels host an opponent to be determined as part of the NIT Tip-Off. Ole Miss heads to Brooklyn for the main rounds of the NIT Tip-Off during the week of Thanksgiving.
Starting the month of December, the Rebels host the Butler Bulldogs (Dec. 3) to complete a home-and-home series that began last November. Four days later (Dec. 9), former Ole Miss head coach Rod Barnes makes his return to Oxford by bringing the CSU Bakersfield Roadrunners to town. Speaking of former teams, Davis and the Rebels welcome Middle Tennessee to The Pavilion (Dec. 14). Closing out the non-conference home slate as well as the 2019 calendar year, Ole Miss faces Tennessee Tech (Dec. 29).
While the dates of the non-conference home games are set, the nine SEC contests are still to be scheduled. However, the Rebels know which conference foes are coming to The Pavilion for the upcoming season. Ole Miss hosts four NCAA Tournament teams, including Final Four participant Auburn, Florida, LSU and MSU make the trek to Oxford for conference matchups. The Rebels also battle Alabama, Arkansas, Missouri, South Carolina and Vanderbilt at home.
This season, the Rebels return to the floor four of the six leading scores in Breein Tyree (17.9 ppg), Devontae Shuler (10.3 ppg), Bake Hinson (8.3 ppg with 31 starts) and KJ Buffen (6.0 ppg over 20.9 minutes per contest off the bench. Joining the squad is a talented group of newcomers that Rivals has ranked as a No. 20 recruiting class.
Tickets can be ordered now for the upcoming season.