Halftime: Ole Miss 34, Arkansas 26

If we were moving along unobstructed in this game we’d be about 20 real-time minutes from the finish.

The delay and the two subsequent whistles after the delay have slowed things down considerable. Most things. It hasn’t really slowed the pace.

Lots of defensive energy from Ole Miss, the energy the Rebels showed at home last week against Missouri but lost for much of Tuesday’s comeback win at Vanderbilt.

Arkansas is playing with defensive energy too. That was reflected in seven early turnovers by Ole Miss, but the Rebels have turned it over only two more times while forcing 12 turnovers of their own.

The Hogs are really struggling with the Rebels’ halfcourt trap. Arkansas is shooting 32.4 percent to the Rebels’ 34.2 percent.

Ole Miss hit just four of its first 18 field goals, 22.2 percent.

Murphy Holloway has nine points and eight rebounds to lead Ole Miss. Reggie Buckner has seven points and five rebounds. Marshall Henderson, while going 0-for-6 from 3, has seven points.

The lights are back on over the playing surface, but lights are not on in the seating area, which means its even darker in that visiting press seating area than it normally is. Poor guys. Video boards are also gone, and Phil Jones, of Tupelo, says this is a good thing, because the Rebels are back to the same scoreboards they used the last time they started 4-0 in SEC play.

Some shootaround video here. Marshall Henderson was getting praise and adoration from the student section for his game-tying shot at Vanderbilt.

Speaking of Henderson, I was web trolling and came across this from Tennessee coach Cuonzo Martin in an interview with Vince Ferrara of Examiner.com.

On whether Ole Miss guard Marshall Henderson’s on-court antics go too far:

“When I was a player that didn’t bother me. The best way to stop that is beating him. As a ball-player you expect that. Our guys in the summertime, you talk trash to teammates. That wouldn’t affect me.”

Here’s the video:

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You don’t usually see the “Do you have extra tickets guys” at basketball games. This being a sellout, those guys were in the parking lot hours before the game.

There were more people in their seats well before the tip, still 12 minutes away, than I’ve seen in a long time. More people on the floor with cameras, media credentials, etc.

Several Ole Miss players are wearing red t-shirts with “Rebels” on the front and “Holloway” with the No. 31 on the back. I asked Nick Williams about it, and he gave a very detailed answer. “I don’t know about that.”

Some of the shirts are appearing in the student section but not that many at this point.

Ole Miss has won eight of the last nine in the series and 21 of the last 29.

We’re about 30 minutes from tip. At some point the lights went out, which made it darker than usual, but they’re slowing coming back.

Tip: 12:30 p.m. Tad Smith Coliseum (8,876)

TV: SEC Network (WCBI)

Radio: Ole Miss network. Satellite: Sirius 123, XM 199

Series: Arkansas leads 41-29

Last Year: OleMiss 71-63 in Oxford, and Ole Miss 77-75 in Fayetteville.

Coaches – Arkansas, Mike Anderson 229-117, 12 seasons; 29-19 second season at Arkansas. Ole Miss, Andy Kennedy, 160-93, eight seasons, 139-80, seventh season at Ole Miss.

Notes: Ole Miss is seeking its first 4-0 SEC start since the FDR administration (1936-37 season) … Ole Miss F Murphy Holloway is 32 rebounds from tying Walter Actwood (1974-1977) at the top of the school’s career list. … G Marshall Henderson has surpassed 25 points in two of three SEC games and leads the league in scoring at 19.1 points a game. … Andy Kennedy is five wins from tying B.L. Graham as the school’s winningest coach with 144 victories. … Graham was was 144-168 in 13 seasons as coach. … In two games against Arkansas last season, F Reggie Buckner had 15 blocked shots, including a school-record tying eight blocked shots in the Fayetteville game. … After averaging 7.1 points in non-conference, G Jarvis Summers is averaging 14.0 points in three SEC games.


Arkansas 11-5, 2-1 SEC

Probable starters Pts. Reb.

G Rickey Scott 6-3 Jr. 4.7 2.1

G B.J. Young 6-3 So. 17.4 4.5

G Fred Gulley III 6-2 Jr. 1.8 1.9

C Hunter Mickelson 6-10 So. 7.1 4.3

F Marshawn Powell 6-7 Jr. 15.2 5.8

Key reserves

G Kikko Haydar 5-10 Jr. 3.3 1.5

F Jacorey Williams 6-8 Fr. 4.3 2.5

G Michael Qualls 6-5 Fr. 3.3 2.4


Ole Miss 14-2, 3-0 SEC

F Murphy Holloway 6-7 Sr. 15.9 10.6

F Reggie Buckner 6-9 Sr. 10.4 8.0

G LaDarius White 6-6 So. 4.0 2.1

G Jarvis Summers 6-3 So. 8.4 3.5*

G Marshall Henderson 6-2 Jr. 19.1 1.6*

Key Reserves

G Nick Williams 6-4 Sr. 10.1 2.6

G Derrick Millinghaus 5-10 Fr. 7.0 1.6*

F Aaron Jones 6-9 So. 3.5 3.8


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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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