As mentioned below, tonight’s game reminded me of the last time the Rebels had a great RPI opportunity at home, and they were terribly flat in a 102-76 loss to Vanderbilt.
This team looked very different, very focused from the outset and played hard throughout. Ole Miss has been prone to lapses in play in its non-conference games here. Not tonight.
Kennedy had a quick and short answer to the Vanderbilt comparison: “Different year, different team.”
Here’s Kennedy’s postgame:
Great game from Murphy Holloway. He said the Tigers were well aware of his left-side preferences, but you still have to stop it.
Here’s Holloway’s postgame:
More in Day After Observations tomorrow morning.
Great first half for Ole Miss. The Rebels came out fast and focused. I recall the Vanderbilt last year, a talented opponent with real NCAA implications on the line, and the Rebels were flat. Then the Jelan Kendrick blow-up after.
Obviously the implications aren’t the same this early in the season, but the Rebels look very different tonight.
Rebels shooting 37.5 percent, Missouri 33.3. Who would have thought Ole Miss would be 4-for-11 from 3 right now with only one of those 3s belonging to Marshall Henderson.
Henderson picked up his second foul at the 9:40 mark and went to the bench. That usually means not to return under Andy Kennedy, but Henderson got back in the game.
Henderson has 3 points and 3 rebounds, 1-for-4 from 3.
Mizzou looks as though it didn’t get the scouting report that Murphy Holloway goes to his left. Holloway has seven points on 3-for-6 shooting and five rebounds.
The surprise impact player of the first half is Derrick Millinghaus. He’s played more than Jarvis Summers and has eight points on 3-for-4 shooting, a couple of big 3-pointers.
Good defense by Ole Miss early in the half, and Missouri looked out of sync. The Tigers aren’t out of sync now, and it will take a great half of basketball in the second for Ole Miss to get the upset win.
When you hear those Hotty Toddy cheers from the student section tonight they may not all be live.
Here’s video of the Fox Sports Net photog videoing the student section a few minutes ago. The fix is in.
About 33 minutes to tip here. Both teams are out of the floor warming up.
The Rebels last beat a ranked team when the defeated then-No. 15 Mississippi State here last year. They last defeated No. 10 when they beat Kentucky here in 2011, the Chris Warren 3 at the buzzer.
There are people in seats that aren’t normally filled right now.