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Ole Miss vs. Kentucky time changed: SEC men’s basketball 2016

The Ole Miss men’s basketball team’s Southeastern Conference opener against No. 6 Kentucky will start an hour later than originally scheduled.

The Dec. 29 game will tip at 7 p.m., Ole Miss announced Tuesday. It will be aired on ESPN2.

Ole Miss (8-3) will continue its four-game homestand against South Alabama on Thursday (8 p.m., SEC Network) before hosting the sixth-ranked Wildcats at The Pavilion. Coming off a thrilling 103-100 win over then-No. 6 North Carolina on Saturday, Kentucky (10-3) will travel to take on in-state rival Louisville on Wednesday.

The gold standard in the SEC, Kentucky will provide Ole Miss with one of its best opportunities to put a quality win on its resume for the NCAA Tournament. The Wildcats, whose only loss came to No. 2 UCLA, are ninth in the NCAA’s RPI rankings and fourth in the updated KenPom ratings.

The only opponent left on the Rebels’ schedule with a higher RPI is Baylor (No. 2). Ole Miss, which has an RPI of 41, doesn’t own a top-50 RPI win and has one win against a team in the top 100.