HOOPS: Kentucky 71, Ole Miss 58

A few quick thoughts here.

Terrico White is amazing. He became the best player on this team when the team needed him most. For a half today it looked like he might be enough to carry the Rebels to another win.

Kentucky guarded him much harder in the second half, trying as hard as they could to limit his touches, and the Wildcats were successful for the most part.

For much of this season the Rebels had another answer when Terrico needed help, but David Huertas has been limited by his foot the last three games, and that’s affected his shooting. It hasn’t affected his pushing off and technique so much, though that’s been part of it, but his rhythm has been off because of the practice time he’s missed.

Andy Kennedy early this season talked about the need to develop a third scorer. That was painfully evident today. When you get past Terrico’s 21 and David’s 15 on the box score you see six points from Murphy Holloway, Malcolm White and Zach Graham. That’s not enough from the supporting cast.

Graham played good defense against Kentucky’s Jodie Meeks again, but Meeks is more than a 3-point shooter. He was 1-for-4 behind the arc but got his points in other ways and was 9-for-15 from the floor. A couple of times he lost Graham on the dribble and was fouled by an Ole Miss post player.

The Rebels went a stretch of 7:17 between field goals in the second half. A big part of that was due to Kentucky center Patrick Patterson. Terrico wasn’t getting off his shots, and when Huertas, Graham and others tried to get it inside, Patterson had three blocked shots in the second half.

Kennedy came into this game believing Ole Miss needed a win to be in the conversation for the NIT, and I agree. The official word on postseason will come down Sunday night, but I think the roller coaster ends here. We’ll see.

If that is in fact the case, it was a great job of coaching and bringing together players who didn’t expect to play the roles they were asked to play in late December.

Finally, with Huertas’ bruised foot and the impact that head on the Rebels’ leading scorer, Ole Miss had the injury it couldn’t overcome and ran out of gas at the end.

— PA

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7 Responses to “HOOPS: Kentucky 71, Ole Miss 58”

  1. VA Reb Says:

    All things considered, a great job of coaching and team playing by the Rebs this season. Looking forward to everyone being healthy next year.

  2. JB Says:

    I agree with VA Reb, congrat Rebs, hope to see you next season.

  3. djrebel Says:

    JB, did you make it down here?

  4. colreb420 Says:

    PA do you think the rebs will play in the CBI if they dont get into the NIT?

  5. JB Says:

    No PA, I have been getting my lawn equipment ready for the spring and summer season. Hope you and Brad had or still having a good trip and enjoyed yourselves. Thanks for all the great work that y’all are doing for us. Now its to baseball, the Rebs got to settle down and play baseball. I think that they have the potential for a great season. Just got to brush up on fundamentals a bit.

  6. djrebel Says:

    Colreb, Pete told me a while back that he would not play in anything less than the NIT. I don’t think that would be a good move anyway. No. 1, what are you gaining in a tournament that celebrates the 97th best team with its champion? No. 2, Huertas’ foot is the kind of injury that isn’t going way soon. Without him it’s anybody’s guess as to whether the Rebels will have scoring help for Terrico. I think Ole Miss did remarkably well, considering the circumstances, to get to 7-9. I don’t think the CBI adds much to the season. The NIT would allow you to play in meaningful postseason for a third straight year. Nothing gained by the CBI.

    — PA

  7. colreb420 Says:

    thanks

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