With two wins in the Barclays Classic, Ole Miss basketball is now 6-0.
I didn’t think the Rebels would escape Brooklyn unscathed, but they got a number of contributions from different people through the Friday and Saturday wins.
Demarco Cox had a dominant frontcourt performance with 15 points and 13 rebounds in a 77-67 win over Georgia Tech that really wasn’t that close.
Ole Miss was able to score 77 points with very limited scoring from Jarvis Summers, who attempted just three field goals and finished with six points.
Derrick Millinghaus continues to take a lot of shots but score a lot of points … kind of like a poor man’s Marshall Henderson. Millinghaus was 5-for-13 from the floor for 16 points against Tech, 6-for-16 for 14 points in Saturday’s 79-76 win over Penn State.
Speaking of Henderson, he’s still coming off the bench and still scoring, though at slightly less than the 20.1 clip he scored last year.
He was 5-for-16 from the floor, 4-for-14 from 3 for 15 points against Tech, 6-for-14 and 4-for-9 from 3 against Penn State for 19 points. He played 27 minutes against Tech, 22 against Penn State.
Summers was on against Penn State with 7-for-10 shooting and 19 points.
Ole Miss got eight points from Anthony Perez and seven from Sebastian Saiz against Georgia Tech, while Millinghaus, Henderson and Summers shouldered the load against Penn State.
The Rebels were minus-1 in rebounding for the two games but committed only a combined 17 turnovers.
Here’s how basketball data guru Ken Pom views the teams the Rebels just defeated and a couple of upcoming foes.
Georgia Tech is No. 113 in Ken Pom’s power ratings, Penn State No. 72.
Thursday’s road opponent, Kansas State, is No. 92.
The Rebels have pre-SEC home games coming up against No. 35 Oregon and No 36 Dayton.
Ole Miss is No. 57 in the Ken Pom ratings, one spot below Alabama.
Some interesting data here: Since losing at Mississippi State last year, Ole Miss basketball is 12-1.