HOOPS: The difference?

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

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4 Responses to “HOOPS: The difference?”

  1. JB Says:

    GO REBELS!!!!

  2. JB Says:

    Amos 5:18-20 (New King James Version)
    18 Woe to you who desire the day of the LORD!
    For what good is the day of the LORD to you?
    It will be darkness, and not light.
    19 It will be as though a man fled from a lion,
    And a bear met him!
    Or as though he went into the house,
    Leaned his hand on the wall,
    And a serpent bit him!
    20 Is not the day of the LORD darkness, and not light?
    Is it not very dark, with no brightness in it?

    My Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, The Son of The Living Almighty God, states:
    John 8:12 (New King James Version)
    12 Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”

    Praise The Lord!!!

  3. PBeez Says:

    I don’t think we can count on anything with this team except inconsistency. We will push a top ranked team to the wall (I am thinking LSU) and then turn around and not even show up, (I am thinking LSU at home). Its crazy. As soon as I think we’ve turned a corner on confidence and our play, we implode. UGGGHHH!

    Why is this happening? I do think the youth of our team contributes to this. Certainly, you can’t over look our opponents, but Auburn is not that good. That is a game, that on paper, we could’ve won, and we sure needed it for the conference standings/tourny seeding.

    Am I crazy here, or worse – have you all been discussing this and my inattention to PA’s outstanding blog mean I am bringing up an old point? (its mid-terms, I am drowning in papers & blue books)

  4. djrebel Says:

    Not an old point PBeez. The easy answer is youth, though you’d think by this time in the season they ought to be able to apply more of the lessons of they’ve learned. I think youth and inconsistency are cousins, but I watched the Rebels miss shot after shot Wednesday night and just kept thinking one or two would fall. They never did.

    One of the problems is they’re counting on only two guys to take those perimeter j’s. The lack of a back-to-the-basket post player is a problem. You can throw the ball into Malcolm White, but he’s going to turn and shoot a fade. There is no back-to-the-basket guy to offer a few buckets and make the other team play honest. Imagine the open looks White and Huertas would get if that did exist.

    Now, Murphy Holloway going from double-double to single-single — and a small one at that — I do think is youth. It’s the other team scouting you, taking away your quickness by denying the path to the basket, and then you being unable to recover. When he’s been in the league longer, he’ll have seen this more often and will have his own counter plan.

    For now, Murphy depends on a crease to the bucket, and he didn’t get it from Auburn, not with a lane to create his own shot and not with a chance to get an offensive rebound.

    Ole Miss basketball is a pretty good story right now, but it’s a story that still needs a strong conclusion. Another win or two would provide that.

    — PA

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