FINAL: Ole Miss 66, Florida 63

It’s been chaotic. I am hunkered down in a hotel room awaiting the selection show.

The Rebels will watch it at Tad Smith Coliseum, and the public is invited. That’s at 5 p.m.

Anyway …

Here is the net-cutting ceremony:

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0KoWNJqkQRQ&w=560&h=315]

Here is the scene immediately after the game:

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FcRPTsy0Udg&w=560&h=315]

Some name-dropping of those in attendance. Hugh Freeze was on hand, and the start of spring football was pushed back from 3 to 4.

Remember, Freeze is a former girls basketball coach. He enjoys the sport.

Also on hand was former Ole Miss defensive coordinator Tyrone Nix, now the DC at nearby Middle Tennessee.

He was yelling for Kennedy after the game. I don’t know if he ever got his attention.

We have reached the mid-way point, and this one is playing out much like the Rebels’ loss in Gainesville did.

Florida has grabbed an arm’s-length lead and is keeping the Rebels at bay.

Ole Miss is hitting shots – which wasn’t the case early – but can’t follow a basket with a stop.

Early on the Rebels were getting good looks and couldn’t get them to drop.

The Gators are doing a good job of chasing around Marshall Henderson. He’s looking frustrated at times and is 1-for-6 from the floor – 1-for-4 from 3 – with three points.

This is not a team that Henderson is going to be able to take off the dribble and get to the free throw line.

The effort is there from the bigs, but they don’t have the advantage of superior athleticism in the post as they did against Vanderbilt.

Both teams are playing on three-day legs. That seems to affect Ole Miss a little more than it does Florida right now.

The Rebels didn’t let the Florida game become a blowout in the second half.

We’ll see what happens here. This is a thinner Ole Miss team than the one that played in Gainesville. Even though Aaron Jones and Nick Williams missed that game, the Rebels had Jarvis Summers. He’s not available today, and his status moving forward is unclear.

There is forward movement after this game, and that could be a problem if the Rebels start thinking too much about the Selection Show in the second half.

The real goal for Ole Miss was achieved yesterday if not the previous day against Missouri.

Jarvis Summers is on the bench in sweats and will not play. Not surprising, even though Andy Kennedy didn’t rule him out yesterday. Concussions take a while.

This was the scene about 10 minutes ago. Teams are still on the floor warming up as some guy mauls a Johnny Cash tune on the loudspeaker.  Should have just played Cash himself.

Shootaround video:

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ah5WpEeHHfA&w=560&h=315]

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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    Mr K and his Rebels will live to fight another day. JB


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