Big Picture: A 9-4 record going into SEC play is not a great start to building a resume for the NCAA tournament.
Continuing problems in the frontcourt give the Rebels the look of an NIT team … provided they begin to rebound better and find scoring support for Jarvis Summers. Ole Miss will play the next two games — the SEC opener at home against Auburn and Saturday at Mississippi State — without Marshall Henderson.
Turning Point: It was back-and-forth with neither team establishing a lead of more than six points. The game didn’t turn until Dayton’s Devin Oliver banked in the winning 3-pointer.
Who’s Your Daddy? Oliver had 26 points, 11-for-14 from the field, 3-for-4 from 3-point range.
Ole Miss guard Jarvis Summers had a career-high 29 points. He was 9-for-15 from the floor and 10-for-12 from the free throw line.
Of Interest: Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy sees the need to get better up front and talks about that in the video below. He’s trying to do that with the freshmen, inserting Sebastian Saiz into the starting five and getting more minutes for Dwight Coleby, who had been hampered by a lower leg injury. It was interesting to note that Saiz was in the game at the end.
Next Up: The Rebels are at home Thursday night at 6 in their SEC opener against Auburn.
Ole Miss has overcome incredibly poor shooting with 14 points at the free throw line where it is 14-for-18.
The Rebels’ field goal percentage got better later and has actually risen to 33.3 percent. They’ve put together a few stops and have gotten Dayton down to 37 percent. The Flyers were shooting at 42 earlier in the half.
The key swing here is in 3-point shooting. Dayton has knocked down five, Ole Miss one.
The Rebels look better on the glass at the beginning and at one pointer were plus-5. Here at the half they’re minus-4.
Jarvis Summers leads Ole Miss with 14 points, the only double-figure scorer in the game so far. No other Ole Miss player has more than four points. Marshall Henderson is 0-for-4, all 3s, and has not scored.
A little shootaround video from Tad Smith as the Rebels prepare for Dayton. We’re about 30 minutes from tip. Ole Miss comes in with a 66 RPI, Datyon 53. This is the last non-conference game which means the Rebels will play twice without their leading scorer after tonight. Marshall Henderson will miss the Auburn (Thursday) and at MSU (Saturday) games as part of his suspension announced before the season.