Ole Miss and Southern Miss face key conference games today at home.
Southern Miss hosts UTEP at 5 p.m. today in a game that could play a significant role in determining the Conference USA regular season champion.
With four league games remaining, USM (22-5, 9-3) is in a three-way tie for second place in C-USA along with Louisiana Tech and Tulsa.
Ole Miss (16-10, 7-6 SEC) hosts No. 2 Florida (24-2, 13-0). The Rebels need a win to climb back into the top echelon of the Southeastern Conference. They face a Florida team that could be No. 1 next week since current No. 1 Syracuse lost at Boston College on Wednesday.
Mississippi State (13-13, 3-10 SEC) is also at home today, entertaining Arkansas (17-9, 6-7). The Bulldogs have been in an eight-game tailspin.
UTEP (20-7, 10-2) is tied with Middle Tennessee for first place, but the Miners hold the head-to-head advantage over MTSU thanks to a 63-54 win in Murfreesboro, Tenn., on Jan. 16.
A win today keeps USM in the regular season hunt while a loss would all but eliminate it from contention. It's also important for USM to win today to stay on track for a first-round bye in the C-USA Tournament, which begins March 11 in El Paso, Texas.
The top four teams in C-USA receive first round byes.
USM senior forward Michael Craig's status is uncertain for today's contest after he sat out Thursday's 85-56 win over Texas-San Antonio.
Six-foot-8 guard Julian Washburn leads UTEP with an average of 13.0 points a game and 6-foot-8 freshman forward Vince Hunter pitches in averages of 12.4 points and 6.7 rebounds.
Florida has won a school-record 18 straight games, and hasn't lost since a 65-64 game at Connecticut on Dec. 2.
Ole Miss has lost three in a row.