Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy was not happy with his team after the game. As you will hear in the video, he told us we should question his players, not him, about whether they have a sense of urgency. He used the word “coast” several times to describe his team in the second half.
Nick Williams had been listed as probable but did not play. We’ll see what his role is moving on to Missouri. He looked OK in warm-ups to my untrained eye. Martavious Newby did not play for what Kennedy called a coach’s decision.
It was good to see Murphy Holloway get back on track with 24 points on 9-for-12 shooting, but the Rebels are going to need him to be more consistent moving forward.
Marshall Henderson is consistent. He had another strong performance with 31 points, 26 in the second half. When Holloway handled the scoring in the first half Henderson had three assists.
After a 2-0 MSU lead Ole Miss scored the next 19 points. The Bulldogs were hovering around 10 or 11 points back when Ole Miss went on an 11-0 run. The Rebels were up by 22 before MSU hit a 3 at the buzzer.
Andy Kennedy called for more offense from Murphy Holloway and Reggie Buckner this week. Holloway has responded with 14 points on 6-for-6 field goal shooting. He’s playing aggressive, and that’s leading to transition points. Ole Miss has 14 points off nine turnovers forced.
MSU has some foul trouble with Gavin Ware and Roquez Johnson each with 3.
Ole Miss shot 57.3 percent in the first half.
There is basketball tonight. It’s Egg on the Court. Nick Williams is expected to play for Ole Miss after missing the Florida game with a foot injury. How long he can go and how effective he can be remains to be seen. The Rebels need him, and just his presence will be an emotional lift.
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Here’s video of Williams and Marshall Henderson during the shootaround:
While Williams is on the floor, Aaron Jones, with crutches, and Demarco Cox are on the bench, reminders of how thin this team has gotten in the post.