The Ole Miss Rebels take on the Marquette Golden Eagles at 7 p.m. ET Thursday in the first round of the 2021 Charleston Classic. Marquette enters the tournament having won its first three games, including an impressive 67-66 win against No. 10 Illinois on Monday. Ole Miss is undefeated in its first two games as well, and won its most recent matchup against Charleston Southern on Friday, 93-68.
The Rebels are favored by 3.5 points in the latest Ole Miss vs. Marquette odds from Caesars Sportsbook, and the over-under is set at 138.5. Before entering any Marquette vs. Ole Miss picks, you'll want to see the college basketball predictions from the model at SportsLine.
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- Ole Miss vs. Marquette spread: Ole Miss -3.5
- Ole Miss vs. Marquette over-under: 138.5 points
What you need to know about Ole Miss
Four players on Ole Miss scored in double digits in the Rebels' win against Charleston Southern: Jarkel Joiner (24), Luis Rodriguez (12), Matthew Murrell (11), and Austin Crowley (11). The guard-heavy rotation has to pick up the slack this season after last year's leading scorer Devontae Shuler graduated. Joiner averaged 12 points per game last season, and was the team's second-best scoring threat in 2020-21.
Crowley may prove to be the player that takes the biggest leap this season. So far, he's assisted on an incredible 42.5 percent of field goals made when he is on the floor. Early in the season, Ole Miss is fifth in the nation when it comes to assists, and has made the sixth-most field goals per game. Jaemyn Brakefield is Ole Miss' most productive big man, and he has averaged nine points with 5.5 rebounds through the Rebs' first two games.
What you need to know about Marquette
Marquette escaped with a win on Monday against the Illini by a single point. Guard Darryl Morsell (21 points) was the top scorer for Marquette. Morsell joined the team as a grad transfer after starting for four seasons in Maryland. He's never averaged more than nine points per game, but so far in three games with the Eagles, he's put up at least 21 points in each.
Ole Miss hasn't had much luck drawing fouls from opponents, and have only averaged eight free throws per game. The opposite has been true for Marquette; the Eagles get to the line 21 times per game, which makes them one of the top 10 teams in the country in that category. The Golden Eagles have also forced opponents into an average of 20 turnovers per game, one of the highest marks in all of college basketball.
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