By Parrish Alford/NEMS Daily Journal
OXFORD – There’s no NIT title on the line, but there is a chance for a measure of revenge for Ole Miss.
The Dayton Flyers, who defeated the Rebels 68-63 in New York last April, will be at Tad Smith Coliseum tonight.
Tipoff is 6 p.m.
The Flyers (2-0) return two starters who were key components in their run to the NIT title, starting with 6-foot-8 senior forward Chris Wright, a member of the Naismith Watch List, who is averaging 17 points and 11 rebounds a game.
Forward Devin Searcy, 6-10, adds 12.5 points and 11.5 rebounds.
The Flyers have wins against Mount St. Marys (67-52) and Akron (76-68) and have a plus-19 rebounding margin in two games, out-rebounding opponents 48-29.
Ole Miss (2-0) is coming off a 77-61 win over Murray State.
Point guard Chris Warren had his streak of 46 game with a made 3-point halted, but there was plenty of other good news for Ole Miss, most notably Zach Graham and Nick Williams, who put up 22 and 21 points respectively.
The Rebels were 22 for 23 from the free throw line against Murray State, the 95.7 percentage the second best for a single game in school history.
Through two games Ole Miss is shooting 89.7 percent from the line, tops in the SEC.