Ole Miss enters this afternoon’s game at 13-11, 4-7 in the Southeastern Conference. After starting conference play with five consecutive losses, the Rebels have now won three straight in Oxford over South Carolina, Florida, and Mississippi State. A big reason for their winning steak has been some outstanding play from Senior Guard Breein Tyree. Over the course of their three wins, Tyree has scored a total of 101 points (38 against the Gamecocks, 23 against the Gators, and 40 against the Bulldogs). However, their defense deserves a shoutout for their improved play as well. The Rebels have held Florida and Mississippi State to 51 & 58 points respectively in the last two games. Their 1-3-1 Zone is disruptive and will give Kentucky a different look. Coach Kermit Davis has his Rebels playing some good basketball, but they rely very heavily on Tyree. They are not a deep team and have really struggled on the glass this season. Ole Miss has recorded the second fewest offensive rebounds in the SEC and their defensive rebounding percentage isn’t great either. Kentucky’s game on Tuesday in Baton Rouge will go a long way to deciding who wins the Southeastern Conference, but the ‘Cats can’t overlook this Saturday afternoon game, especially with the way Breein Tyree is playing. Let’s dive in and go over the game plan for the Ole Miss Rebels.
#2 Devonte Shuler: 6’2″ 190 lbs, Junior Guard
11.6 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 3.6 apg
Primary ball handler. Very good shooter. No catch-and-shoot 3’s! Have to be there to take away his catch-and-shoot 3’s. Do not help off of him when he doesn’t have it. Get over the ballscreens. Chase him off downscreens and get over the flares. Aggressive offensive player. Once you take away the 3’s you have to be ready for the right hand drive. No right hand drives. Really likes to shoot the pull-up jumper when he starts to drive it. Be ready to contest the jumpers. Not a great finisher from 2. Need to stay between him and the basket, get your hands up, and make him score it over you the deeper he drives it.
#4 Berlin Tyree: 6’2″ 195 lbs, Senior Guard
20.0 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 2.7 apg
Combo Guard. Scorer. Extremely aggressive offensive player. SHOOTER!!! NO 3’s!!! You have to be tight on him and take away his 3-point attempts. Very good catch-and-shoot and off the dribble. When he is bouncing it you have to get into his body and break his rhythm so he can’t shoot the pull-up 3’s off the dribble. We would rather him drive it than be able to get 3’s off. Good driver going either way but wants to finish with his right hand. Likes to shoot pull-up jumpers as he drives it. Give all the jumpers a hard contest. On the perimeter he likes to size you up as he dribbles, lots of cross overs, hesitation dribbles, etc. to try and get space to shoot the pull-up. Keep a hand near the ball at all times and get into him every couple dribbles to force him to drive it. Have to get over the ballscreens when they are set for him. Chase him off downscreens and get over the flares. Absolutely no help off of him. If you get switched on to him you have to switch to take away the 3’s. Don’t want to see him get a pull-up 3 off the dribble against our bigger guys. Make him drive it and then we can help. Get the ball stopped when he brings it in transition. Always thinking about scoring. Help when he drives (not off of #2 or #0). Takes a team effort. Contest everything. More shots than points for him.
#0 Blake Hinson: 6’7″ 229 lbs, Sophomore Guard/Forward
10.4 ppg, 5.1 rpg
Strong wing. Shooter. No catch-and-shoot 3’s. 99 of 175 shots have been 3’s. Be tight on him to take away his catch-and-shoot 3’s. Find him in transition. Do not help off of him. Chase him off downscreens and get over the flares. No right hand drives! As soon as you closeout to take away the catch-and-shoot you need to bounce back and play the right hand drive. He won’t be as likely to take or make the re-loaded 3, so you can give him a step after the initial closeout. Not thinking about passing when he drives it. Need to be physical and big at the end of his drives. Play with your hands up and wall up into his body. Stay down on shot fakes. Good offensive rebounder. Box out!
#5 K.J. Buffen: 6’7″ 225 lbs, Sophomore Forward
9.7 ppg, 6.1 rpg
Strong, athletic 4-man. Driver!!! No right hand drives! Non-shooter. You can closeout short to him on the perimeter to take away the right hand drive. Be in help off of him. Help on Tyree when he drives it. When he catches it around the basket you need to take away the drop step first. He likes to make the quick spin to the baseline if he can. Once you take away the drop step he will want to score it with his right hand over his left shoulder. Excellent offensive rebounder. Have to find him when the shot goes up. Averaging 2 offensive rebounds per game. BOX OUT!
#3 Khadim Sy: 6’10” 240 lbs, Junior Forward
9.5 ppg, 5.4 rpg
Likes to face-up. No right hand drives. When he has his back to the basket he will first want to try and quick spin to the baseline to finish around you. Then, he is wanting to score it with his right hand over his left shoulder. No left shoulder baskets. He will shoot the 10-15 foot jumper when he faces you up. Just be there to put a hand up and contest it. We would rather him take that contested jumper than letting him score without being between him and the basket. Good athlete. Have to find him when the shot goes up and box out. Good offensive rebounder. Do not guard him on the perimeter. Clog up driving lanes. If he makes a 3 that is okay.
#13 Bryce Williams: 6’2″ 180 lbs, Junior Guard
Backup point guard. Will be the primary ball handler most of the time when he is in there. No right hand drives. Capable shooter. 9/18 from 3. Be there to take away the obvious catch-and-shoot 3’s. Should be able to pressure him a little bit and make him uncomfortable. You can mix up going over and hoping under the ballscreens. You can help off of him as long as you can closeout to give a hard contest on the obvious catch-and-shoot 3’s.
#1 Austin Crowley: 6’5″ 190 lbs, Freshman Guard
Long, thin, backup guard. Capable shooter. Be there to give a hard contest on the obvious catch-and-shoot 3’s. We will begin the game helping off of him so that we can try to take away Tyree and their other, better guards. If he makes one or two early we will adjust. No right hand drives. Stay between him and the basket and make him score over you. You can hop under the ballscreens, those aren’t the ones he is going to shoot as much. Don’t get beat off the dribble.
#14 Antavion Collum: 6’7″ 224 lbs, Freshman Forward
1.1 ppg, 1.4 rpg
Backup forward. Long. Willing shooter. 13 of 20 shots have been 3’s. Just play him straight up. Better as a driver than a shooter. No right hand drives. Stay between him and the basket.
Ole Miss is a Motion team offensively that relies a lot on the dribble-drive. They really want to spread you out and create as many isolation situations as they can. They will also set several ballscreens in their Motion as well. A lot of their half-court sets will begin in a 1-4 High alignment and they will send their guards over/under to get some movement. They will usually set a ballscreen at the elbow or run into a side ballscreen after their over/under action. Especially recently, they have allowed Breein Tyree to create a lot of their offense. It takes a total team effort to slow him down. We have to be great on the ballscreens and stay tight on him at all times to keep him from getting-going from beyond the 3-point line.
1-4 High Over/Under to Handoff: One of their favorite actions out of their 1-4 is to hit Tyree of the little Iverson cut at the beginning of the possession. The point guard will hit the opposite elbow from Tyree and cut over top of the ball to the weak side wing. After they get a catch at the elbow, on the right side in this clip, the forward on the left elbow will set a screen for Tyree who runs into a handoff is looking to shoo the 3 right off the handoff. We ALWAYS will chase Tyree off any screen (which Miss. State does here), but when we switch we have to switch to take away the 3. You can see that Miss. State communicated the switch but their big man (#24 Ado) didn’t switch nearly aggressively enough. For our bigger guys, MAKE HIM DRIVE IT!!!
1-4 High Over/Under to Handoff: Just like the play above, they go over/under and enter the ball to the elbow opposite #4 Tyree. Here, Tyree drives it off of the handoff and is able to hit #3 Sy for a dunk.
1-4 High Over/Under to Ballscreen: Another main action we will see out of 1-4 is after they run their guards over/under they will set a little downhill ballscreen at the elbow. Since it is downhill, we can switch if we need to, but we should be able to get through this one as they don’t really look to score as aggressively off of that initial ballscreen. #2 Shuler will attack some, or #4 Tyree will shoot behind if you go under, but we need to try and fight through it. If they don’t have anything the ball gets reversed and they will be into something they do a lot which is swing the ball to a wing and then follow their pass to try and create a “rub” illegal screen as they run off the butt of the ball handlers defender.
1-4 High Over/Under to Ballscreen: This is the same action as the clip above, but here you can see #2 Shuler getting downhill off the initial elbow ballscreen. Miss. State does a pretty good job of staying between him and the basket as he drives, but then #12 Weatherspoon just helps way too much on the roll and completely leaves #0 Hinson for a wide open 3.
Diagonal to Staggered Double: Begin in a box set and hit a guard popping out to the wing. The point guard will inside cut to the corner as the ball gets reversed. They will set a diagonal back screen for the guard that catches the initial pass and then set a staggered double for the point guard out of the corner. If they don’t have a scoring opportunity off of the first double, they will set another staggered double for the guard that came off the back screen. Here, the second screener just pops out because his defender helped so much on the first double.
Horns Ballscreen: Out of a Horns alignment, they will set an elbow ballscreen and they have two options from there. They can either roll to the basket and reverse the ball to the other forward to look for a high-low opportunity as seen in the first clip below (they are just into Motion from there) OR they will set a second middle ballscreen after the initial ballscreen to bring the ball handler back the other way which you can see in the second clip.
Coach Kermit Davis has consistently switched things up on the defensive end at Ole Miss. They will play man-to-man defense some, but they probably have been most successful in their extended 1-3-1 Zone. At times, they will extend the 1-3-1 to almost a 3/4 court press. They really try to make you throw long, overhead passes to slow you down and get you playing on your heels. When they extended it out further they will fall back into a 2-3 Zone from their 1-3-1. Below is a clip of what their 1-3-1 can look like. Expect to see man-to-man defense, 2-3 Zone, and 1-3-1 Zone this afternoon.
Keys to the Game
- Contain Breein Tyree. This is a team effort. We have to get over all the ballscreens, get out to take away the 3’s, and break his rhythm when he is dribbling it. NO 3’s!!! More shots than points.
- Attack their Zone. If and when they switch to their 1-3-1 Zone we need to be aggressive and attack it. We should have some opportunities for catch-and-shoot 3’s in the corners as we penetrate the zone. Do not allow them switching defenses to take us away from what WE want to do.
- Dominate the Glass. They are not a great rebounding team on the offensive or defensive glass and this is an area we need to take advantage of. We should be able to collect 10+ offensive rebounds while holding them to 7 or fewer.
- #4 Tyree, #2 Shuler, #0 Hinson. The are not a deep team. Their bench general contributes less than 10 points per game. If we can contain Tyree and then take away catch-and-shoot 3’s and right hand drives from Shuler and Hinson they won’t score enough to win. We can bring A LOT of help off everyone else. Make these guys (especially Tyree) give it up.