HOOPS: About last night


Ole Miss put on a defensive show against Georgia, particularly in the post where Malcolm White had five blocked shots, one on a dunk attempt.

It should be noted here that Georgia is bad. It’s hard for me to imagine the team I saw yesterday beating Florida, but I chalk that up to the blind squirrel finding the acorn. It happens.

Several Ole Miss players, most notably Terrico White, admitted to taking the Bulldogs’ lightly, which isn’t surprising for a young team, but it could be costly. Perhaps a lesson was learned in the victory.

The Rebels looked out of sorts in the first half. White finished 8-for-18 from the floor, which isn’t terrible, but he was just 1-for-5 from 3-point range. He’s had much better success out there of late.

Murphy Holloway had defensive energy in the first half but didn’t always have defensive intelligence. He wasn’t finishing around the rim early, but that got better in the second half.

It would help this team to get more out of Zach Graham on offense. He has the skills, but he’s not producing consistently. Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy equates that to his injury situation, one where he doesn’t practice during the week and sees full-speed action only during games with the hope his knee will hold out until the end of the season. That arrangement has affected Graham’s timing on offense, Kennedy says.

To his credit, Graham has become a much better defensive player than he was at the beginning of the season. That was the biggest concern when Eniel Polynice went down … Graham’s ability to fill the defensive void. He’s done well, and it’s taken a mental makeover on his part.

It was a nice, focused second half for the Rebels.

If this was the Georgia team Ole Miss faced in the first round of the SEC tournament last year, Kennedy would have gotten his first NCAA bid.

— PA


5 Responses to “HOOPS: About last night”

  1. countrygrahamfan Says:

    I continue to be amazed at the resilience of this injury ravaged team. That speaks to the coaching and recruiting ability of the current staff.

    I enjoyed the halftime program introduction of those members of (in the cases of “Country Graham and Denver Brackeen, relatives of) the Team of the Century. Maybe it’s just me, but because the PA system is difficult to hear plainly, I wish they had displayed the names and relevant information for each team member on the screen.

  2. JB Says:

    “About last night”. That was basketball. Now about this week-end this is Rebels baseball. The Rebs went off down to the port city and lost two of three games. The #6 team in the nation has got to perform better. Three player out for disciplinary reasons, that is not a reason, excuse, or justification for those two loses. They have to perform much better. I think that they will.

  3. ripleyreb Says:

    countrygrahamfan, no it is not just you. We have to have the most awful sound system ( basketball and football ) in the entire country. I love Ole Miss, but I’m embarrassed by our sound systems.

  4. OLineCoach Says:

    Will the 3 players that are down with knee injuries be given medical redshirts?

  5. rebel2011 Says:

    Gaskins and Polynice will be. if Chris didnt play in more than 30% of our games then he will too. which i think earlier this year when i did the math we must play 7 games in the SEC tourney and postseason combined for him to get a medical redshirt

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