Next Tuesday’s game at LSU is huge, but Kentucky better not look past Ole Miss on Saturday. The Rebel Black Bears are riding a three-game winning streak, beat Mississippi State by 25 points on Tuesday, and are led by one of the best scorers in the league in senior guard Breein Tyree.
Tyree is averaging 20.0 points per game, and has scored 101 points over the last three, putting him in rare company. Jodie Meeks (107 points, 2009; 103 points, 2009), Arkansas’ Mason Jones (104 points, 2020), and LSU’s Marcus Thornton (101 points, 2008) are the only other SEC players to score 100-plus points in a three-game stretch in the last 20 seasons. Over the last three games, he’s shooting 55% from the floor and 52% from behind the arc. Flame emoji.
Tyree had 40 points in Ole Miss’ big win over rival Mississippi State earlier this week, making 13-22 field goals (59.1%), 4-10 threes (40%), and 10-11 free throws (90.9%). In the second half, he outscored the entire Mississippi State squad 27-24. Ole Miss head coach Kermit Davis called it the most impressive performance he’s ever seen.
“Breein Tyree, wow, that was as good as it gets for any guard in college basketball. He scored at every level: at the rim, stepping back, and from three. I've been coaching a long time, and that's probably the best I've ever seen" – @RebelCoachDavis #HottyToddy pic.twitter.com/5kYcl2LNMs
— Ole Miss Men’s Basketball (@OleMissMBB) February 12, 2020
Last year, Tyree had 21 points against Kentucky in Ole Miss’ 80-76 loss in Oxford. At SEC Basketball Media Day in October, Kyle Tucker asked a player from each team who they thought was the toughest guy to guard in the league. The No. 1 answer? Breein Tyree. Last night, John Calipari mentioned Tyree on his radio show.
“Their guards are playing good; they’re shooting the ball. My man [Tyree] has had three 30-point games in the last three games maybe? Maybe he had a 40 point game against South Carolina?”
Who will step up and stop Tyree on Saturday?