Respect for the Blue Raiders

Ole Miss guard Nick Williams, now a senior, thinks that might have been the case when the Rebels faced Middle Tennessee in Southaven last year.

Williams thinks he and his teammates took the Blue Raiders lightly.

“Coach was telling us all through the week that team was good, and I don’t think we really took him seriously. They won. I know this year will be a lot different. We know what they have and what they can do, and we know what we have and what we can do. We know it’s going to be a dog fight, and we’re prepared for it.”

Middle returns most of the team that beat Ole Miss 68-56 in the DeSoto Civic Center last year. The hot-shooting Blue Raiders pulled away after Murphy Holloway went down with an ankle injury that would sideline him for several games.

“I remember the kid Cintron making a lot of shots, and they were talking a lot. Rightfully so, they made some big shots and did what they needed to do to win. They’ve got two post guys that are very skilled down there and made some things happen,” Williams said.

Raymond Cintron was 4-for-7 from the arc and led four MTSU players in double figures with 18 points.

Middle went on to defeat Tennessee 71-64 in an NIT second-round game before losing to Minnesota in the NIT quarters. MTSU finished 27-7.

Last night the Blue Raiders, off to a 6-2 start, shot 50.9 percent from the field and beat UAB 84-64. Cintron was 3-for-8 from the arc and had 13 points.

Denham Springs, La., native, Mississippian since 1989 with a stop in Meridian before arriving in Tupelo. Daily Journal beat writer since 1996, covering Ole Miss since 2002. Proud Northeast Louisiana alum. Follow me on Twitter @parrishalford and listen to John Davis and myself daily with The Ole Miss Beat on Rebel Sports Radio.

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