Some holiday morning links here. I have covered many wild finishes in the Battle for the Golden Egg, and last year certainly fit into that category. Ole Miss players remember it. They used words like embarrassing, heartbreaking and disgusting to describe it. If a Cotton Bowl bid isn’t enough to motivate them, last year finish should be.
The basketball Rebels got off to a slow start last night and looked like they were going to get run out of their own gym, as Andy Kennedy put it. The shots began to fall, and that seemed to coincide with Kennedy’s move from man defense to zone. UCF looked like it had never seen a zone. “We were just in a 2-3. They really need to work on that,” said Ole Miss guard David Huertas, offering his advice to the Golden Knights.
The Rebels have a lot of athleticism, and they defend with energy. They’re going to struggle with teams that back them down into the post and play physical — much the way they played last year — but if DeAundre Cranston keeps coming along they’ll get better there.