Monday Morning Update

Notes and thoughts on a Monday morning. …

Not long after the NFL draft concluded Saturday Ole Miss basketball forward, now former, Murphy Holloway was on Twitter telling the world he had signed a free agent deal with the Baltimore Ravens. NBC Sports discusses Holloway’s signing here.

It’s kind of unusual to see four graphs written about Ole Miss basketball on a national blog and no mention of Marshall Henderson.

Still no mention of Randall Mackey and a free agent deal that I’ve seen. …

Here’s a little perspective for Ole Miss baseball relative to the Rebels being swept at home by Vanderbilt. The commodores completed another league sweep Sunday, this one in Nashville against Mississippi State. Vanderbilt is 19-2 in SEC play, best mark ever for a conference team through 21 games.

The Ole Miss series loss against Kentucky put a damper on recent strong SEC play for the Rebels who had climbed to 10-8 after a 4-8 start. As with Vanderbilt, Ole Miss had its chances against Kentucky. Bottom line is there’s not enough offense. The Kentucky series — like Alabama and Tennessee before it and Auburn this weekend — was important, because Kentucky is not Vanderbilt or LSU, and the Rebels need to make up some ground during this portion of the schedule.

There are three SEC regular season series remaining, and it will put more pressure on Ole Miss for the final two if the Rebels have not solidified SEC and NCAA seeding by then. MSU is in Oxford May 10-12, and the Rebels are at LSU to close the regular season. The Bulldogs will be a difficult and emotional series, and judging by the Rebels’ SEC record at Swayze this season being at home will be of no particular advantage. Then there’s LSU, which at 16-5 is still the SEC’s other Superpower, though the Tigers lost two of three at home against South Carolina this weekend.

The West looks like this as the week begins: LSU 16-5, Arkansas 13-7, Alabama 11-9, Ole Miss 11-10, MSU 10-11, Texas A&M 7-13, Auburn 7-14.

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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