Ole Miss was 38-for-44 from the free throw line. Andy Kennedy’s response to free throw success is usually to say, “We had the right people shooting.” That wasn’t the case tonight.
Murphy Holloway was 7-for-8 from the line, Reggie Buckner 7-for-9. That’s a combined 14-for-17 night from two sub-60 percent shooters. Buckner began the night shooting 57.4 percent from the line, Holloway 48.4 percent.
Add those two guys to the Rebels’ go-to free throw shooters — Marshall Henderson and Jarvis Summers were a combined 21-for-23 — and you have a great night at the line.
The game was an 8- to 10-point spread most of the night before the Rebels pulled away late. If Buckner and Holloway aren’t knocking down free throws things could have looked a lot different.
Kennedy says it’s too early to look at RPI, and that one game can make for drastic swings in the RPI. That turned out to be the case in a good way for Ole Miss. After the win WarrenNolan.com had the Rebels at 46 in the RPI, a jump of about 20 spots from where he had them during the week.