HOOPS: Kennedy vs. Huggins

Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy meets former Cincinnati coach Bob Huggins, who Kennedy calls his coaching mentor, tomorrow night at 8 at Tad Smith Coliseum.

Kennedy was an assistant at UAB when Huggins hired him to be his lead assistant and recruiting coordinator at Cincinnati at 2001.

“Andy just has a great way with people. He meets everybody so well. He was terrific with the players, and I though with recruiting for us, his experience having played for coach (Gene) Bartow, I knew he would do a good job on the floor. There are a lot of guys who have coached this game that don’t have the feel that Andy does,” Huggins said.

Huggins said he was not surprised that Kennedy was not retained at UC in spite of a 21-13 record and a near-NCAA bid while playing through scholarship limitations and injuries.

“I wasn’t surprised, because I knew the inner workings,” Huggins said.

West Virginia is 4-1 after dropping a 54-43 decision to Kentucky in the championship game of the Las Vegas Invitational.

Ole Miss has won 25 straight non-conference home games, the last loss coming in December of 2006 — Kennedy’s debut season — against Memphis.

More on the Ole Miss-West Virginia game in Wednesday’s print edition.

— PA

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3 Responses to “HOOPS: Kennedy vs. Huggins”

  1. ripleyreb Says:

    OK all you Rebel fans, I know everyone is still on a football high, but let’s make Coach Kennedy happy and pack the Tad Pad Wednesday night. You know he would love to get a win over his former boss. Big Game!!!!!

  2. Jay Stokes Says:

    i agree with ripleyred….it would be nice to have a big crowd on hand….

    it would be HUGE for the team if they could somehow pull out a win tomorrow night. they’ve been playing through mistakes and learning as they go, but they won’t have chances to learn on the fly against WVU. they’ll have to play well in both halves and come out flying around with lots of energy. i’ve thought for a while they could break out if somebody down low steps up and starts having double digit nights every game. i think cranston and holloway are the most likely candidates….but they’ve all got plenty of talent to get it done.

    PA…what do you think about malcolm white’s production so far? he’s been a rebounding machine, but i’ve been surprised at how low his point totals have been.

  3. rebel2011 Says:

    on the football side, I cant believe that Juan Joseph won the Conerly Trophy. I know its great for him considering that Peria and Michael will get a lot more recognition in the long run but you cant tell me that a Div 3 QB is better than two potential all americans and 1st round draft picks. I guess the ole miss votes were split up too much which allowed him win. Nevertheless congratulations, because our guys have plenty more accolades coming their way.

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