Andy Kennedy offered no explanation for the loss to the SEC’s worst team and called it “inexcusable.”
Here’s Kennedy at the beginning of his presser.
He addressed his job status at the end, basically saying to refer all questions to Ross Bjork, although he didn’t name Bjork.
Kennedy: “That question should be asked to the person who’s in charge of my job, not me. I’m going to coach this team at Ole Miss … to me this is a priviledge. I grew up right up the road. When I was driving in here last night I saw 25 (miles) to Louisville. That’s where I was born and raised. I’ve been in this building a hundred times watching Bulldogs and Rebels. This is a privilege for me to coach at Ole Miss and to be a head coach in the SEC. I’m the all-time winningest coach in the history of this program. I am very proud of a lot of things we’ve done. Am I satisfied? Not close, but I work at the pleasure of my employer, and if he tells me today, ‘Andy you’re no longer the head coach at Ole Miss,’ I’m going to thank him. I understand the frustration of the fans. I feel that same frustration. You’re talking about a guy who’s got blood, sweat and tears in this for seven years. I’ve been dancing on this fence for a long time. All I do … I control what I can control. All those questions, all of that speculation should be answered by the person who has the ability to make those decisions, not by me.”
I mentioned to former MSU coach Richard Williams my theory that a team that recently lost by eight at Alabama could beat an Ole Miss team that lost at South Carolina.
He laughed. Maybe after another half of basketball Ole Miss will look back on this and laugh, but nothing’s funny for the Rebels right now.
MSU is getting clean looks inside, and if the Bulldogs aren’t scoring, they’re getting to the free throw line.
They’re faking and Ole Miss player are leaping. Marshall Henderson has two fouls, and both have come as he’s tried to help on post defense.
If the Rebels can find a way to limit the Bulldogs looks in the paint – as the Bulldogs are doing on the other end – it seems unlikely that MSU will win with perimeter shooting.
Ole Miss is shooting just 37 percent, not terribly less than State’s 43 percent, and Ole Miss is plus-2 on the boards.
Simply put, the Rebels are getting out-hustled. They’ve turned it over seven times, several of them unforced.
Holloway and White each have six points. Millinghaus, Buckner and Henderson have five.
If things don’t change in the second half you will no longer hear me speculate about NCAA chances. It will be about NIT seeding.
Technical difficulties on the shootaround video, but nothing unusual to report. Anthony Perez isn’t dressed, and while he is listed day to day, that isn’t really surprising given the way that knee buckled Wednesday night.
Ole Miss does have a new walk-on for this game. His name is Bryce Drew. True story.
We’re about 15 minutes from tip, and I don’t think I’ve ever seen Humphrey Coliseum so abandoned this close to the stat of a game. I started covering MSU in 1996 and moved to Ole Miss in the spring of 2002.
I’m told the student turnout is much better today. Free t-shirts are a draw, plus the fact that MSU coach Rick Ray was out on campus this week seeking support from students. Last week for the Vanderbilt game there were 37 students in attendance. Looks like most student seats are filled today, but most paying seats are not. One student has blown up the Marshall Henderson photo of the tongue and the girl in the bar.
Tip: 4 p.m., Humphrey Coliseum (10,500)
TV: Fox Sports Net
Radio: Ole Miss network, MSU network. Satellite: Sirius 138, XM 201
Series: MSU leads 139-106
Last Meeting: Ole Miss 93-75 on Feb. 6 in Oxford.
Coaches – MSU: Rick Ray, 7-20 first season overall. Ole Miss: Andy Kennedy, 167-98, eight seasons, 146-85, seventh season at Ole Miss.
Notes: Ole Miss is going for its first season sweep of MSU since 1998. … MSU has swept the series 10 times in that span. … The Rebels’ last win at Humphrey Coliseum was 67-63 in 2009. … Ole Miss G Marshall Henderson has 111 3-point field goals and break Chris Warren’s single season record with his next make. … The Rebels are 6-6 away from home, 3-4 in SEC road games. … Against Texas A&M Wednesday Ole Miss F Murphy Holloway had 16 points and nine rebounds and became the 23rd player in SEC history with at least 1,250 points and 1,000 rebounds. … MSU has won three straight at 13 of the last 14 against Ole Miss at Humphrey Coliseum. The last 10 of those wins have been by an average of 12.3 points. … Since committing 23 turnovers at Alabama, MSU has had 25 turnovers over its last two games. … The Bulldogs’ 13-game SEC losing streak is their second-longest such streak in program history. … MSU has held a lead for a total of 40 seconds in its last six games. … MSU F Roquez Johnson remains suspended indefinitely.
MSU 7-20, 2-13 SEC
Probable starters Pts Rebs
G Trivante Bloodman 6-0 So. 6.0 2.4*
G Craig Sword 6-3 Fr. 9.8, 2.8
G Fred Thomas 6-5 Fr. 9.6 3.5
F Colin Borchert 6-8 Jr. 7.9 4.6
C Gavin Ware 6-9 Fr. 8.7 6.4
G Jalen Steele 6-3 Jr. 9.7 3.0
G Tyson Cunningham 6-3 Jr. .6 2.2
Ole Miss 21-7, 10-5 SEC
F Murphy Holloway 6-7 Sr. 14.5 9.4
F Reggie Buckner 6-9 Sr. 9.7 7.7
G Nick Williams 6-4 Sr. 8.6 2.4
G LaDarius White 6-6 So. 6.4 2.4
G Jarvis Summers 6-3 So. 8.9 3.9*
G Marshall Henderson 6-2 Jr. 19.6 3.2
G Derrick Millinghaus 5-10 170 Fr. 5.6 1.7*
F Terry Brutus 6-6 Fr. 1.5 1.8
* – assists per game