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Florida vs. Ole Miss, Game Thread: Gators look to rebound against Rebels

The Gators will look for a win at home against Mike White’s alma mater.

NCAA Basketball: Mississippi at Florida Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

The Florida Gators biffed their first attempt to win Mike White’s 100th game with the program spectacularly last Saturday, getting mauled by Missouri in Columbia.

They’ll have a second chance on Tuesday — and it might be both a more appropriate and easier go against the Ole Miss Rebels, whom White played for back in his college days.

For one, that’s because Kermit Davis’s team is not the defensive outfit the Tigers were. Mississippi has coughed up plenty of points this year, and is on a three-game losing streak partly because it could not contain either Wichita State or Arkansas.

But Ole Miss also didn’t score the ball well at all against Texas A&M — maybe the SEC’s worst team — in between those two contests. And the Rebels don’t have Breein Tyree on this night, with their leading scorer sitting out this one due to injury.

If Florida can capitalize on the Rebels needing to replace Tyree’s scoring and improve their defense from the abysmal level it foundered at last weekend, this should be a get-right game for the Gators.

We say a lot about what this team should be able to do, though.