Auburn has 92% chance to beat Ole Miss on Saturday

Saturday’s matchup between No. 11 Auburn and No. 21 Ole Miss will be the Tigers’ first battle against a top-25 team since the season-opening contest with No. 9 Baylor.

The Tigers dropped that contest on Nov. 7, 88-82, to Baylor. Since then, Auburn has won 15 of their last 16 games and has won 10 games in a row. Ole Miss will for sure provide a challenge to the Tigers, can Auburn run past the Rebels on its home floor? ESPN expects that result to play out.

The latest ESPN matchup prediction of Auburn’s game with Ole Miss is a positive one, as it gives Auburn a 92% chance to earn the victory.

Auburn checks in at No. 6 in the latest ESPN Basketball Power Index rankings, while Ole Miss resides in the No. 81 spot. Both teams have strong strengths of record, as they are No. 2 and No. 3 in the SEC respectively. Both are 15-2 and are 2-1 against quality teams. However, ESPN analytics indicates that Auburn has had a tougher schedule to this point. Auburn holds the No. 97 hardest schedule according to ESPN, while Ole Miss owns the No. 138 toughest schedule.

Comparing Auburn and Ole Miss from an on-court performance prospective, the Tigers own advantages in points scored, points allowed, rebounds, and assists per game. The greatest gap is points scored per game, where Auburn scores 83.8 points per game compared to Ole Miss’ 77.8 points scored per game.

Auburn hosts Ole Miss on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. CT at Neville Arena. Click here to get the full preview.

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