Archive for February, 2009

HOOPS: Alabama game file

February 28, 2009

About 15 minutes to tip here. The teams are back on the floor warming up.

I’ll have updates below. Leave your questions and comments too.

— PA

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HOOPS: Today’s Game

February 28, 2009

Tide rising — a little — for interim coach

Alabama at Ole Miss
When: 3 p.m. today, Tad Smith Coliseum
TV: Raycom. Live video streaming at ESPN360.com.
XM: 200.
Series: Alabama leads 114-49.
Earlier this year: Alabama won 76-73 in Tuscaloosa on Jan. 21.
Coaches: Ole Miss – Andy Kennedy (81-49, third year; 60-36 in third season at Ole Miss). Alabama – Phillip Pearson (3-5 as interim coach).
Notes: The series is tied at 37 in Oxford, and Ole Miss has won nine of the last 11 against Alabama at home. … Pearson was a walk-on guard under former Alabama coach Wimp Sanderson. … An Ole Miss loss will create a fourth-place tie in the West and will swing the head-to-head tie-breaker to Alabama.
Probable Starters
Ole Miss (15-12, 6-7 SEC)

G – Terrico White 6-5 Fr. 11.9p
G – David Huertas 6-5 Jr. 18.9p
G – Zach Graham 6-6 So. 7.5p
C – Malcolm White 6-9 So. 6.7p
F – Murphy Holloway 6-7 Fr. 8.7p
Top Reserves: G Will Bogan, F DeAundre Cranston, F Terrance Henry

Alabama (15-12, 5-8 SEC)

F – JaMychal Green 6-9 Fr. 10.0p
F – Justin Knox 6-9 So. 5.7p
G – Mikhail Torrance 6-5 Jr. 9.0p
G – Alonzo Gee 6-6 Sr. 15.1p
G – Senario Hillman 6-1 So. 13.5p
Top Reserves: G Anthony Brock, G Andrew Steele, F Yamene Coleman

Parrish Alford

Elsewhere …
Baseball scheduled for two nine inning games against No. 23 TCU, the first at noon, weather permitting.

— PA

HOOPS: The comeback trail

February 27, 2009

This update on injured Ole Miss players Trevor Gaskins, Eniel Polynice and Chris Warren is provided by Tupelo High School student Perrin Crews as part of his senior project.

Sounds like things are going well for Gaskins and Polynice, while Warren is on pace but coming along slower.

— PA

HOOPS: The difference?

February 27, 2009

Ole Miss has two of its last three games at home beginning tomorrow at 3 with Alabama.

You look at records for Alabama and Arkansas and an interim coach at Alabama, and there’s the temptation to think winning two out of three will be easy.

It won’t be, particularly not Saturday, and the biggest reasons are Alonzo Gee and the confidence he’s bringing to the Crimson Tide right now.

Gee has always been a multi-purpose threat on the floor, but he comes in having hit eight of his last 10 3-point shots and scored 23-plus in two straight Alabama wins.

Interim coach Phillip Pearson cites improved team defense, and I’m sure there’s some of that going on, but Gee is clearly the difference on offense for Alabama right now.

Now …

Everybody plays better at home. That’s where the Tide has won the last two games, and that’s where confidence begins when a team is struggling.

It won’t be easy to translate that energy on the road, and the Rebels need a fast start to take full advantage of the added boost that everyone gets from their own zip code.

— PA

HOOPS: Print edition coverage

February 26, 2009

Auburn 77, Ole Miss 64. Auburn jolted the Rebels with a fast start in the second half then clamped down and kept them at bay. Frustration built for Ole Miss and was on display for all to see with players bickering among themselves.

— PA

HOOPS: Auburn game file

February 25, 2009

About 30 minutes to tip here in the electric atmosphere that is Auburn basketball.

I think Ole Miss has some late-arriving fans, but these folks are like Dodgers fans. Maybe they’re all out on the concourse, and I just don’t see them. It is “Economic Stimulus” night at the concession stand.

Auburn basketball is the only place where I walk through the inflated team mascot tunnel to get to my seat. That’s not good or bad, just interesting.

This is a big game for both teams. I figure the Rebels will have to guard the perimeter pretty hard and take away Tay Waller. He was 0-for-5 from the arc in Oxford in the first round, but he’s been pretty hot of late, second in the SEC in 3-pointers made.

Leave your questions and comments below.

— PA

FOOTBALL: Two dropped from squad

February 25, 2009

This from Ole Miss media relations.

Sanders was about to get lost in the shuffle at DL. Scott, though … On paper he looks like a guy who would have competed to start at corner, a place the Rebels could use some help.

— PA

OXFORD — Ole Miss head coach Houston Nutt announced Wednesday that Justin Sanders and James Scott have been dismissed from the Rebel football squad for “violation of team rules.”

A defensive tackle from New Market, Ala., Sanders did not see action in his two seasons at Ole Miss. He was as a SuperPrep All-Region selection in high school and rated the No. 27 recruit in the state of Alabama.

Scott transferred to Ole Miss from Ohio State in September and sat out the 2008 season due to the NCAA transfer rule. The Daytona Beach, Fla., native saw action in nine games for the Buckeyes in 2007 and was credited with six total tackles.

FYI: Checking in from the road

February 25, 2009

I have set up a base of operations here in Birmingham, and I’ll resume the trip to Auburn shortly. I’ll have a game file going tonight, assuming the wireless set-up is OK.

Baseball is back in action at 3 p.m. I enjoyed doing the game updates yesterday, but we won’t be doing too many non-conference baseball games while basketball is going on.

In other news…
Longtime Lady Rebels coach Van Chancellor coaches against Ole Miss at Tad Smith Coliseum Sunday. I spoke with Van a little bit this morning. I’ll have more on him in Sunday’s paper and will cover the game also.

— PA

BASEBALL: Ole Miss 10, UCA 2

February 25, 2009

Rebels christen renovated Swayze Field with big hits in the middle innings to take control.

— PA

HOOPS: Today’s Game

February 25, 2009

ADVANCE: Win out? Holloway says it’s “realistic”

Ole Miss at Auburn
When: 7 p.m. today, Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum
TV: None
XM: 201 (Ole Miss)
Series: Auburn leads 70-47.
Last time: Ole Miss defeated Auburn 78-59 in Oxford on Feb. 4.
Coaches: Ole Miss – Andy Kennedy (81-48, fourth year; 60-35 in third season at Ole Miss). Auburn – Jeff Lebo (189-137 11th season overall, 74-74 in fifth season at Auburn).
Notes: Auburn has won four of its last five since losing at Ole Miss, the only loss in that time at league-leading LSU. … Auburn’s Ty Waller is second in the SEC in 3-point makes with 78, while Ole Miss’ David Huertas is third with 70. … Ole Miss forward Murphy Holloway has recorded four double-doubles and three in a row.
Probable Starters
Ole Miss (14-11, 5-6 SEC)
G – Terrico White 6-5 Fr. 11.9p
G – Zach Graham 6-5 Fr. 7.5p
G – David Huertas 6-5 Jr. 18.9p
C – Malcolm White 6-9 So. 6.8p
F – Murphy Holloway 6-7 Fr. 8.7p
Top Reserves: F Terrance Henry, F DeAundre Cranston, G Will Bogan

Auburn (17-10, 6-6 SEC)
C – Korvotney Barber 6-7 Sr. 12.p
G – DeWayne Reed 6-1 Jr. 13.2p
G – Rasheem Barrett 6-5 Sr. 8.9p
G – Quantez Robertson 6-3 Sr. 5.9p
G – Tay Waller 6-2 Jr. 12.6p
Top Reserves: F Lucas Hargrove, G Frankie Sullivan, C Brendon Knox

— Parrish Alford