FINAL: Ole Miss 62, Tennessee 56

Special thanks to Kyle Alford for the video.

Andy Kennedy 


Marshall Henderson. Take the time to watch this even if you’re in a hurry.


Cuonzo Martin. The Vols coach gives credit to Marshall Henderson.


Tennessee looks much better prepared than it did in Knoxville. The Vols simply are not letting the Rebels get out in transition, and they are handling the halfcourt trap better than they did in the first meeting.

The story, though, is how Tennessee is owning the glass and not allowing second-chance looks.

Ole Miss is 4-for-13 from the floor, and Tennessee is plus-10 on the glass. Ole Miss has 15 rebounds, only two on the offensive end.

It hasn’t helped that the top two rebounders are in foul trouble, but Murphy Holloway and Reggie Buckner weren’t getting to the glass either.

Holloway played eight minutes in the first half, Buckner nine, and there’s not an offensive rebound between them.

This is a physical, halfcourt game in which Demarco Cox would help if he was healthy.

The Rebels are quite lucky to be down just seven, and that says something for their defense.

They hung tough with the big guys out, though Tennessee was able to get inside the zone a little more easily.

Terry Brutus played nine minutes in the first half, registering two rebounds. He did not attempt a shot and did not turn it over.

Tennessee is shooting 39.3 percent led by Jordan McRae with eight points.

Marshall Henderson has not hit a field goal (0-for-4) and has four points to share the lead for Ole Miss along with Buckner and Nick Williams.

Bob Knight and Rece Davis are across the way, so you know it’s a big game.

A little shootaround video here, including Marshall Henderson, the guy who appears to be in the head of the Vols.


Anthony Perez included as well. Perez had a big shot and some big minutes off the bench at Vanderbilt but was not a factor against Arkansas.

Reggie Buckner taking a few shots as well. If he’s shooting from this spot on the floor during the game there are problems.

We’re about 35 minutes from tip here. Not as many in the seats early with it being a Thursday game, but a sellout crowd is expected.

Tip: 6 p.m. Tad Smith Coliseum (8,876)


Radio: Ole Miss network. Satellite: Sirius 99, XM 199

Series: Tennessee leads 69-40

Rankings: Ole Miss No. 23 AP, No. 24 USA Today; Tennessee N/A

Last Meeting: OleMiss 92-74 in Knoxville, on Jan. 9

Coaches – Tennessee, Cuonzo Martin 89-63, five seasons; 28-22 second season at Tennessee. Ole Miss, Andy Kennedy, 161-93, eight seasons, 140-80, seventh season at Ole Miss.

Notes: Ole Miss is 4-0 in SEC play for the first time since 1936-37 when it started 5-0. The Rebels have never started 6-0 in conference play. … The Rebels’ seven-straight wins comprise the longest current streak in the SEC. … With 924 rebounds, Ole Miss F Murphy Holloway is 21 rebounds by the school’s career leader, Walter Actwood. … G Marshall Henderson leads the SEC in scoring at 18.9 points a game and ranks sixth in the nation with 3.8 made 3-pointers per game. … Andy Kennedy is four wins from tying B.L. Graham for most victories by an Ole Miss coach. … Tennessee freshmen Derek Reese and Armani Moore are combining for 11.5 points and 8.0 rebounds while committing just one turnover in SEC play. … Tennessee is 7-0 – 5-0 this season – when forward Jarnell Stokes makes at least six field goals.


Tennessee 9-7, 1-3 SEC

Probable starters Pts. Reb.

G Jordan McCrae 6-5 Jr. 13.8 3.1

G Skylar McBee 6-3 Sr. 5.7 0.9

G Josh Richardson 6-6 So. 8.8 4.9

F Jarnell Stokes 6-8 So. 11.2 7.8

F Kenny Hall 6-9 Sr. 6.1 5.7

Key reserves

C Yemi Makanjuola 6-9 So. 2.3 3.0

G Trae Golden 6-2 Jr. 9.0 3.6*

Ole Miss 15-2, 4-0 SEC

F Murphy Holloway 6-7 Sr. 15.8 10.6

F Reggie Buckner 6-9 Sr. 10.4 8.1

G LaDarius White 6-6 So. 4.2 2.2

G Jarvis Summers 6-3 So. 8.7 3.7*

G Marshall Henderson 6-2 Jr. 18.9 3.5

Key Reserves

G Nick Williams 6-4 Sr. 10.3 2.6

G Derrick Millinghaus 5-10 Fr. 6.5 1.6*

F Aaron Jones 6-9 So. 3.3 3.9


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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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  • The Ghost of Col. Reb

    Kyle did a great job on the video, I just can’t hear it. I think they make a little blue tooth microphone for your iphone that you can place up on the podium. Make those good folks at the DJ spring for one. Kyle is helping bring us into the future of journalism in real time. Great job kid!

  • Archaeo

    That was one more ugly game. There seemed to be quite a few ‘phantom’ fouls against both teams that made it more so. One thing that I see as a benefit to games like this is that the team knows that even though they can fall behind (and have a horrible shot percentage like the first half) as long as they keep playing they can come back and win. That should be very helpful the further into the season they get.

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