Day After Observations

Notes and thoughts from the Rebels’ 65-62 loss at Middle Tennessee …

Regular readers here have seen me write that once is an isolated incident, twice is a trend. It’s been four games now since Marshall Henderson has shot what would be considered a good 3-point percentage.

The threat that he could go off is always there. He was key against Rutgers with 3s on back-to-back trips to help the Rebels on a big second-half run. He had the big 3 to tie the game late against Middle yesterday.

But Henderson, after shooting 47.1 percent from 3 earlier in the year, is 10-for-46 from 3 (21.7 percent) over the last four games.

Andy Kennedy for the first time yesterday implied less playing time for Henderson, last year’s junior college national player of the year.

“To be honest, we run action for him because we think not only can he get shots, but a couple of times he had some penetration. Again, not strong with the ball, we had a lob or two, and they deflected it, things we can counter off of that based on spacing. But many times when, he pulls that thing up off one pass, and you say, ‘Boy, that was a bad shot,’ That’s what I say, ‘Boy that was a bad shot.’ I’ll show him the tape, and we’re going to get that corrected, or he’ll be sitting by me,” Kennedy said.

This team needs Marshall Henderson to shoot the way he was recruited to shoot, the way he shot last year at South Plains College. Henderson is Kennedy’s answer to the woefully inconsistent perimeter shooting from the Rebels last year.

Without him this is just last year’s shooting team. Nick Williams is not bad but isn’t a volume shooter. Same with Jarvus Summers.

Henderson is a volume shooter. He’s had the green light everywhere he’s been. Having that green light when he got here might be causing him to struggle somewhat with shot selection.

Elsewhere Saturday, the Blue Raiders really made the Rebels’ backup point guards look weak, taking the ball from LaDarius White and Derrick Millinghaus at the key, the two of them combining for seven of the Rebels’ 18 turnovers.

Millinghaus was pressing. There’s a difference in up-tempo and out of control. He had a team-high four turnovers in only six minutes of action.

There was an interesting tweak to the playing rotation. The box score shows that Anthony Perez got in the game, but I must have missed it. If he did, his playing time totaled less than 1 minute.

Martavious Newby, who sat the Rutgers game for missing the team meal, was back. He entered in the second half and did bring some energy defensively but didn’t really change the game.

Aaron Jones had an active 11 minutes with a bucket, three rebounds and a blocked shot.

White didn’t shoot as well as he did at Rutgers, which is reminiscent of his freshman season when he would have an occasional big game. If he would show the Rutgers form more often it would be a big lift for this team.

There’s still a lot of talent on this team, and also lots of things to work on moving forward.

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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  • Bill Brown

    The troubling part of this defeat is that teams that are March bound don’t lose games like this. Seems to be a pattern with Andy………….something’s missing.

  • Killer_Beeze

    This was a sloppy game to put it blunt. The Rebels were definitely not focused. Improved free throw shooting and not turning the ball over would have been the recipe for a win against a pretty good Blue Raiders team. Henderson has got to regain his confidence and start knocking down those shots beyond the arc before they head out west for Christmas.

  • Parrish Alford

    Kennedy usually has a good non-conference win along the way but hasn’t won enough in the conference to get over the hump.

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