The road beckons so a few quick thoughts but lots of video.
Let’s start with Marshall Henderson after a rare appearance in the media room:
There’s a tendency to say this was Marshall Henderson’s night, but the win would not have been possible without the light coming on for freshman forward Sebastian Saiz, who was more physical and finished at the time in ways he has not done — or come close to doing — in previous games. Saiz had 20 points and nine rebounds. He was 8-for-11 from the floor, 4-for-5 from the free throw line, and his missed free throw turned out to be the Rebels’ best play of the night. Aaron Jones got a hand on the rebound and tipped it Henderson’s way. He drained the 3, and Ole Miss quickly had a seven-point overtime lead after the five-point trip.
Henderson had 25 points on 7-for-16 shooting overall, 6-for-12 from the arc.
Jarvis Summers was 4-for-11 from the floor, 10-for-10 from the free throw line for 20 points.
The Rebels were impressive in their zone defense, limiting LSU’s talented frontcourt duo of Johnny O’Bryant, the Cleveland sophomore, and freshman Jordan Mickey to 2-for-10 shooting, both going 1-for-5. O’Bryant entered the game averaging 12.0 points, Mickey 13.9. O’Bryant had some key plays in the second half before fouling out with 2:24 left in the overtime, but by and large they were befuddled by the zone, and Ole Miss was plus-8 on the glass, winning the rebounds 49-41 after going six-straight games of being outrebounded before going plus-10 at MSU.
More in Day After Observations tomorrow.
Andy Kennedy is indeed playing younger guys more minutes and Sebastian Saiz is playing very strong around the goal, stronger than I’ve seen him play this year.
He’s 6-for-7 from the floor for a game-high 12 points and also has three rebounds.
His response to the chance for more minutes yesterday was, “I’m ready.”
The Rebels have overcome a nine-point deficit going back to the 13:46 mark of the half.
Demarco Cox has shown more energy, but he’s played only three minutes, and if Saiz continues to play this week it will be hard for Cox to get back on the floor. In his three minutes he has a field goal on a strong move to the rim and an out-of-area rebeound.
Ole Miss overcame a horrid 1-for-12 shooting start to hit nine of its next 16 attempts. The Rebels are 11-for-33 for the half, but they’re 9-for-12 at the free throw line. That’s as many attempts as they got all last Saturday at MSU.
Ole Miss has been mostly in zone, and it’s been effective. The Rebels have limited LSU’s penetration and through 20 minutes they’ve held LSU’s frontcourt duo of Johnny O’Bryant and Jordan Mickey to 1-for-6 shooting and five rebounds.
We’re about 35 minutes from tip. Here’s a little shootaround video as Ole Miss warms up for LSU.
A guy behind me just yelled, “Marshall, I came from Fort Worth to watch you hang 40 on ’em.” No response from Henderson.