Day After Observations

Notes and thoughts from a 72-63 win over Middle Tennessee State …

It was closer than the score indicated, and there’s no shame in that, because Middle is a very good basketball team. Ole Miss fans should know that as well as any others after watching Middle win the last two years against Ole Miss.

Middle is still very athletic but apparently lacks the 3-point shooter right now, going just 4-for-18 yesterday.

While there’s no shame in a close game there was some shame for Ole Miss in getting whipped on the glass 48-27. You won’t go minus-21 on the glass and win many games. Andy Kennedy called it “embarrassing.”

I wrote during the week about the evolving frontcourt and lack of physicality there for the Rebels. You don’t subtract guys like Murphy Holloway and Reggie Buckner and not feel it. That’s what’s happening now. Sebastian Saiz and Dwight Coleby, the latter injured right now, will help this team. They’re not ready yet.

It was good to see LaDarius White have another solid offensive game with 11 points on 4-for-9 shooting. They need him to score, because it doesn’t look the consistency is going to be there with Derrick Millinghaus. Kennedy obviously believes he needs White since he played him for 31 minutes.

It was basically an eight-player rotation yesterday. Anthony Perez got in the game but played only four minutes and did not attempt a shot.

Martavious Newby played 10 minutes but did not impact the game. Averaging 2.9 rebounds, he had none, and given the state of the Rebels’ frontcourt Newby has to help on the glass. He attempted one shot, missed it, and had one steal.

Millinghaus didn’t hit many shots but did have a couple of rebounds, three assists, no turnovers and two steals in 13 minutes.

But on the whole with Marshall Henderson in the starting lineup it was a rather unspectacular day for the Ole Miss bench.

Jarvis Summers continues to impress. He’s really transformed himself into a first-level scorer. He lacks the quickness to always create his own shot, but he gets into the lane and uses his body control to score, and his outside shot has improved. He’s made one of the more difficult adjustments too, and that’s getting past the mental part from looking to pass to looking to shoot.

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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