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Auburn visits Ole Miss; both look to make statement in SEC opener

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The Ole Miss Rebels will open their SEC schedule at home against the Auburn Tigers on Thursday. The Ole Miss Rebels will open their SEC schedule at home against the Auburn Tigers on Thursday.

OXFORD, MS (RNN) – The Ole Miss Rebels will open the 2014 SEC schedule at home against the Auburn Tigers on Thursday. The game will be broadcast on ESPN 2 at 6 p.m. CT.

The 9-4 Rebels will be without senior guard Marshall Henderson, who will serve the last two games of his three-game SEC/NCAA suspension stemming from an incident last summer. Henderson is currently leading the Rebels in scoring, averaging 18.8 points per game.

Auburn head coach Tony Barbee told AuburnTigers.com just because Marshall will not play doesn't mean his young team will grow "complacent."

The Tigers have two high scorers themselves: guards Chris Denson and KT Harrell both average more than 19 points per game. Meanwhile, the Rebels will rely more on junior guard Jarvis Summers, who scored a career-high 29 points in the loss to Dayton last Saturday.

Auburn (8-3) arrives in Oxford with a four-game winning streak and beat their last three opponents (Boston College, Arkansas-Pine Bluff and Florida A&M) by double digits. Ole Miss has not been as consistent, losing four of its last seven games, including losses at Kansas State and at home to Oregon.

The game pairs two teams that are similar statistically, with Ole Miss averaging 79.8 points per game and Auburn averaging 76.9 points per game. The Tigers will have to be tough on the floor; the Rebels lead the SEC and are third in the nation in blocks, nixing 95 shots so far this season and averaging 7.9 blocks per game.

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