Tonight’s Game: (Late tonight) Ole Miss v. Missouri

Ole Miss takes the floor in Nasvhille:

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HALcmGpbS9E&w=560&h=315]

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Alabama just defeated Tennessee 58-48 which is a good thing for Ole Miss’ bubble status. Joe Lunardi had the Vols among his last four in, the Rebels among his first four out.

The Ole Miss-Missouri game could possibly be a win-and-you’re-in game for the Rebels.

Tip: 9 p.m., Bridgestone Arena (13,215)

TV: SEC Network

Radio: Ole Miss network, MSU network. Satellite: Sirius 114, XM 199

Series: Missouri series tied 1-1

Last Meeting: Ole Miss lost 98-79 at Missouri and defeated the Tigers 64-49 in Oxford.

Coaches – Missouri: Frank Haith, 181-115 ninth season, 52-14 second season at Missouri. Ole Miss: Andy Kennedy, 169-99, eighth season, 148-86, seventh season at Ole Miss.

Notes: Ole Miss F Anthony Perez, who hasn’t played since Feb. 27 when he sustained an MCL sprain against Texas A&M, could play this weekend. … Ole Miss is 26-49 in 75 games over 50 SEC tournament appearances. … Last year in New Orleans the Rebels defeated Auburn and Tennessee before losing 65-53 to Vanderbilt in the semifinals. … Ole Miss G Jarvis Summers averaged 12.6 points and 4.4 assists in SEC play. … Ole Miss is 20-3 when scoring at least 70 points. … The Rebels are 17-1 when they forced 15-plus turnovers, 6-7 when they force fewer than 15 turnovers. … Missouri gets 84.6 percent of its scoring, 91.9 percent of its rebounding from players who did not play for the team last season. … Missouri is 10-2 on a neutral court under Frank Haith. … Missouri has won 20-plus games for five straight seasons. … The Tigers average 13.6 offensive rebounds per game (No. 22 nationally) and have turned that into 13.9 second-chance points per game. … Missouri has had six different players record double-figure rebounds in a game this season

 

Missouri 22-9

F Laurence Bowers 6-8 Sr. 14.8 6.3

C Alex Oriakhi 6-9 Sr. 10.9 8.5

G Phil Pressey 5-11 Jr. 11.9 7.1*

G Keion Bell 6-4 Sr. 11.6 4.2

G Jabari Brown 6-5 So. 14.0 3.5

Key Reserves

F Tony Criswell 6-9 Jr.  5.3 4.9

G Earnest Ross 6-5 Jr. 10.3 4.9

 

Ole Miss 23-8

F Murphy Holloway 6-7 Sr. 14.6 9.6

F Reggie Buckner 6-9 Sr. 9.4 7.5

G Nick Williams 6-4 Sr. 8.5 2.4

G Marshall Henderson 6-2 Jr. 19.7 3.1

G Jarvis Summers 6-3 So. 9.2 3.8*

Key Reserves

G LaDarius White 6-6 So. 6.7 2.6

G Derrick Millinghaus 5-10 170 Fr. 5.6 1.9*

F Terry Brutus 6-6 Fr. 1.5 1.9

 

* – assists per game

 

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 questioning in Illinois is wrapping up today, then it’s on to Tennessee. Haven’t heard yet what may have been uncovered in Joliet this week.

    “With so much trouble in the LBC it’s kinda hard being Snoop D O double G.”

    • concernef

      This the NCAA questioning? What ties does Moo U have to Illinois? They are the team in MS that has an active investigation into their so-called football program, so I’m sure that has to be to whom you are referring …

  • Quay Parks

    Rebels fans: Parrish Alford of the Northeast Daily Journal has been publishing article after article criticizing Coach Kennedy! Not once has Parrish acknowledged that Coach Kennedy was named, SEC coach of the year, by NBC Sports. You can go on line and make it known that Rebel fan support our Coach!!! Go Rebels!

    • matchbox20

      This blog is where I found out about it. Click on ‘older post’. Then click the blog “Kennedy honored’.

      • Quay Parks

        Alford, just don’t like Kennedy! Kennedy is not a politician and he is not a “slap your back,” “kiss the media kind of guy,” but he can coach. Most the people who run down a coach…NEVER played the game on a high level. PE ball..loll

        • UMBBFan

          Coaches should be successful to retain their job. Success in college basketball is measured by making the NCAA tourney. Kennedy has not done that yet. He may be a great coach, but his kids play stupid and selfish much of the time. Winning 20 games really means nothing when it comes to making the big money. I hope he makes the tourney this year and many years to come, but that will always be the yardstick by which we measure success.

          • Quay Parks

            Yes, he has…..this year! We’re going to the NCAA.

            Winning 20 games fills up the “Tad Pad!” It’s SOMETHING. The “Tad Pad” has been full most of the season.

            All 18-22 year old kids make stupid plays and are selfish at times.. Duke does it… every team does. We’re no different.

        • matchbox20

          Did you ever think it was you not liking Alford or his style of writing? You’ve already be proven wrong once. He did mention it the Coach of the Year honor. It’s possible that it’s your interpretation of what’s written. If you already have a preconceived notion before you start reading an article, then whatever you read is never good enough. Once again, the sugarcoated, watered-down version is always on that school’s website.

          • Quay Parks

            “Did you ever think it was you not liking Alford or his style of writing?” No… based on what he says!

            Can you provide a link where Alford said Kennedy was Coach of the Year? In the Journal, not a blog!!!

          • matchbox20

            My God! Quit complaining! Be Happy for the Rebels. With you, it’s damned if we do, damned if we don’t.

          • Quay Parks

            I read the paper everyday and Alford hasn’t mentioned the Coach of the Year honor. That award was given a week ago. Had my say……

          • Parrish Alford

            Parks, if Andy is named coach of the year by AP there will be a story in the print edition. It’s quite common for magazines, websites and blogs to choose a coach of the year.

          • Quay Parks

            Alford, while you were ripping Kennedy every time you picked up your pen, why did you not mention that in your column that he won Coach Of The Year? All you write is negative crap.

          • matchbox20

            I think he explained the award IS NOT from the ‘big boys’ (The SEC Coaches or Associated Press). It’s from NBC Sports and worth mentioning, but not worth beating in the ground. Coming from them, it’s like Mrs. Suzy’s kindergarten class naming Joe the Plummer Citizen of the Year. Things are looking good for the Rebels, NCAA tournament-wise, and all you can do is focus on something that doesn’t carry a lot of weight. Please let it go and lets all try to show a unified front in support of the Rebels.

          • Quay Parks

            Well, if i didn’t know better, matchbox20 and Alford could be the same person. Since you know so much about this… got’ch!

            WRONG… this has NOTHING to do with my support of the Rebels. I PLAYED basketball for the Rebels, Boxy! Alford is the one that should support our programs.

          • matchbox20

            You don’t know better, Quack Pack. Quit b*%tching or maybe that’s all you have to do now since the decades ago of your playing days.

          • Quay Parks

            Boxy, where did you play? Were you “pretty good” at church ball?! Where did you coach, Boxy? Church league again… Anytime you want to play a little one on one, Boxy…bring it on!

            Would bet a buck or two you and Alford are the same person. If not, you must work for the Journal.

          • matchbox20

            Quaker Jack, No wonder you’re broke and washed up. Get over yourself. It’s very doubtful you go to church, so that option is down the drain as well. As far as playing you, I’ll hire a midget to take care of the lightweight.

          • Quay Parks

            bring it on, Pilgrim!

          • matchbox20

            Should have never taken it this far since you are my elder. But actually you brought this on yourself. Here’s what you do. Take your 66-year-old body and your lifetime supply of Bengay. Rub it, sniff it, snort it – do whatever it takes to keep your ticker beating. And you can continue harping on why NBC Sports Coach of the Year is not mentioned every time Andy Kennedy’s name appears. Don’t know where you got me taking a shot at Andy Kennedy and Ole Miss because it was you that started all this nonsense in the first place. Sometimes the truth hurts and we want to blame others which is exactly what you’re doing. Considering your age, you should have a better concept of life and know that everything does not go how you think it should.

          • Quay Parks

            hey, this is America… I’m entitled to an opinion! don’t be such a “drama queen!” The sun will come up tomorrow. Look, I like AK, and think he know the game. Simple… all there is too it. Alford should have mentioned that he was Coach of the Year. I’ve a neighbor, and we walk together everyday, he is a retired President of a college… He said the same thing. And, you were the one that got smart first, not me. Read the threads. Thought this conversation was between Parrish and myself.. you horned and put your “two cents” in the mix. That is okay.. what this forum if for. But, you took the first punch.

            Have a nice day…btw, I’m very good shape for a 66 year old man. Plus, I can still shoot the basketball. If you want to play, I will play. Just name the time and place.

          • matchbox20

            Please, don’t bother trying. Went back and read where you said you played at Ole Miss from ’64-68 and that told me your age. I went way out of my league. PA mentioned the Coach of the Year. It just wasn’t where you want it to be. But if it will prevent cardiac arrest from happening, I wish he would in an article just once. This should be a happy time for Ole Miss and logically speaking, the negative aspects should come from a Rebel hater but you’ve added a new twist. You’re right, this is a blog and it’s public. It accepts comments from anyone. A private matter would be better suited via email or twitter. You seem to respond to quite a few other than me…so guess who’s in the minority.

          • Quay Parks

            Andy Kennedy made his own statement today!

            Matter is closed.

          • matchbox20

            Good! I’m glad it is. We need to focus on the task at hand…and that’s Wisconsin.

          • Quay Parks

            You got that right!

          • matchbox20

            You see, this is how it should have been all along.

          • Parrish Alford

            I’m glad you guys are mending fences. I’d still like to see this one-on-one matchup with proceeds going to charity.

          • matchbox20

            Unfortunately, I don’t live in Mississippi anymore. I have friends that do. Maybe whenever I come up for a visit.

          • Quay Parks

            Hey, you might be real good…I’ve no idea, but i will NOT back down from anyone. You want a fight…well Pilgrim, you came to the right place. You might “wax me good”…but, I’ll fight you to the last breath…. and shake your hand after it over.

          • Quay Parks

            One more thing, Pilgrim… how about those Rebels winning the SEC championship! And, how about the Coach…not bad, hey!!! Would you and Alford like to take another shot at the coach?!!! lollllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll

      • Quay Parks

        don’t want a blog, should be in the paper(period)

    • Doug

      I would argue that he hasn’t been critical enough. The truth is probably in the middle, where it should be.

      No coach in America has lower expectations placed on them – and Kennedy lives down to them each year. It’s time for a change.

      • Quay Parks

        Do you have a resume on who can coach and who can’t coach, Doug? I coached high school for 11 years and played for the Ole Miss (64-68). What part of his coaching that you don’t like? Defense, offense, recruiting, etc. 20 wins 6 years in a row, won more games than any other coach, Coach of the Year, etc. If you’re going to make a case, let get down the “nuts and bolts” of the matter.

      • Quay Parks

        so, how about that Coach that doesn’t know what he doing…lolllllllllllllll

  • Parrish Alford

    Sorry I’m late to the party on this conversation. Nine o’clock tips tend to steer your attention elsewhere. As Matchbox points out, I did in fact post the coach of the year recognition as soon as I learned about it.

    Any time anyone calls you “coach of the year” it’s notable, but if it comes from the SEC coaches or the AP it will generate more coverage.

    That does not diminish Kennedy’s season. He tied a school record with 12 SEC regular season wins. In this particular environment that alone would not have gotten Ole Miss into the NCAAs. Kennedy is also responsible for the losses at South Carolina and MSU. The league is in a weakened state right now, and beyond Florida there aren’t any teams you look at and think “good loss,” but the losses to South Carolina and MSU, given the state of their programs, were particularly bad.

    Andy Kennedy is the most media savvy coach I’ve ever covered. He has repeatedly accepted responsibility for the losses — as he did in very pointed comments after the MSU game — and shared credit for the wins.

    I just try to lay the facts out there. This particular season the facts are that Ole Miss can be really, really good, but lapses in certain games have placed them on the bubble.

    Successful coaches are judged by whether they make the NCAA tournament. Kennedy knows this and has stated it to us on numerous occasions. It’s not an unreasonable expectation at Ole Miss.

    Hopefully he and the Rebels will make it this year. Maybe a win today locks it up. Maybe last night’s win was enough. We’ll know tomorrow evening.

    • CountingFreeThrows

      I think PA has been too easy on AK myself. Yes, he has had 20 win seasons but most of them come from non-SEC poor RPI teams. Last night was impressive and fun to watch. The problem with Kennedy is consistency and being able to make adjustments during the game. Last night I noticed him say, “play basketball,” and “keep your mouth shut Marshall” several times. He has been a players coach and more of a friend to his players, than a coach. Reminds me of HDN trying to go from friend to disciplinarian.

      I ask the question last week, are we getting our money’s worth with AK? We have to compare with other Universities that win SEC titles and get to the dance. I don’t know the answer to this, but I know he has never been to the dance, never won the SEC. That alone is cause for re-evaluation unless you are content with mediocrity.

      Attacking Alford as being too hard on AK is baseless. If anything, PA is a bit shy to ask hard questions. He doesn’t like to ruffle feathers or get too involved in the media circus and would rather gather his information from listening rather than asking. It’s just not his style to get in a heated exchange with a coach. He just reports the basic facts. The facts in the case of AK are no SEC champ and no NCAA dance. I hope both those facts change and sooner rather than later.

  • Quay Parks

    Parrish, I’ve always thought you were one of the good guys!

    I’m in for charity! And, a lot of good laughs!

    • matchbox20

      I thought about it but I just can’t play you. I am a freshman and between classes here at Tulane. My high school team lost in the state championship last year. So you win. It would be wrong to play you even if it is for charity.

      • Quay Parks

        So, you played high school ball in La.?

      • Quay Parks

        Are you Parrish’s son?

        • matchbox20

          I’ve only seen Parrish’s picture in the newspaper.

          • Quay Parks

            got’ch! Good luck at Tulane! Great school.

          • matchbox20

            Playing days of basketball has now become a pickup game here and there. Focus now is education and a great career.

          • Quay Parks

            I’m sure that you will be very successful! Wish you the best!

          • matchbox20

            Thank you! Now let’s do what we should have been doing all along – getting behind Ole Miss. We’ve turned into giant-killers and have learned that what seems impossible is, in fact, possible. Go Rebels!!!

          • Quay Parks

            Knew this team was going to be special early in the year. They have good chemistry. If Murp and Buck play good in the tournament, we could make a lot of noise!

          • Quay Parks

            I’m hoping that Coach Kennedy will give strong consideration to keeping LaDarious White at the point guard. He looks like a natural. He doesn’t force thing, handled the press, made good decisions, took good shots, and when he has the ball..he projects a certain confidence that Jarvis doesn’t.

          • matchbox20

            True. Lots of guys my age don’t realize there’s more to a game than scoring. There are so many things that are not projected in a score book that makes a team work as a unit.

          • Quay Parks

            Both Millinghaus and Summers look for the shot first and then the pass. Always wanted my point guard to be the opposite. A good point guard that is a coach on the floor is the most valuable player on the team.

    • Parrish Alford

      Quay, you guys still need to consider the charity matchup.

      • Quay Parks

        MB took pity on me, Parrish! He said they finished second the state tournament last year! I can still shoot he long one (think i can;been a few years since i shot one)… I’m game…would be a lot of fun.

        • matchbox20

          Called home after getting out of class today and told my mother about this blog. She called back and was furious with me. I was not raised that way and she demanded I apologize. So, Mr. Parks, I am so sorry. There are ways to express an opinion, but I took it too far.

          • Quay Parks

            Please tell your Mom that I was not offended in any shape, form, or matter…. actually, tell Mom, that Mr. Parks was very impressed with the way you handled our debate. She has done a great job teaching you how to behave like a fine young man. No apology necessary my friend.


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