Big Picture: Ole Miss got its first win against a team in the RPI top 50. The Rebels had been 0-4 in the category.
It also gives Ole Miss (16-7, 7-3 SEC) a win against a team with which it will compete for one of the top four spots in the SEC and the coveted “double bye” come conference tournament time.
Missouri (16-7, 4-6 SEC) went into the game ranked 46 in the RPI, but if the Tigers keep losing this won’t be a top 50 win for Ole Miss.
Right now it gives the Rebels something they didn’t have, but they still need to stack wins on top of wins. They have two road games next week — at Alabama and at Georgia — before Florida and Kentucky visit.
Turning Point: You knew Missouri was going to make a run from its 15-point halftime deficit, and it did. The Tigers shot to tie or take the lead four times in he second half but couldn’t get it done.
A Jarvis Summers 3-point play at the 1-minute mark gave the Rebels a seven-point lead.
Then with 19 seconds left Anthony Perez chased down a rebound off a missed free throw by LaDarius White and hit two free throws of his own for an eight-point edge. The Rebels needed every one of those points as Missouri was shooting to tie with .9 on the clock.
Who’s Your Daddy? Marshall Henderson was in a zone, going 8-for-15 from three including a 6-for-8 performance in the first half. He finished with 29 points and five assists. White had 16 points on 4-for-5 3-point shooting. Summers finished with 16, again hitting big shots late the way he did against South Carolina. Missouri had three players with 20-plus points led by Earnest Ross with 24. He was 5-for-14 from 3.
Of Interest: Perez didn’t seem to have a particularly good game while it was unfolding, but he finished with 11 points and five rebounds. His free throw rebound and the two freebies after that were huge and came at a time that Ole Miss was leaving some points on the table at the free throw line.
White scored his 16 points while attempting only six shots.
Ole Miss scored 21 points off turnovers, most of that in the first half. Missouri turned it over only once in the second half.
The Rebels were plus-1 on the glass.
For all the shooting that went on the first half, Missouri coach Frank Haith said the Ole Miss bigs, Sebastian Saiz and Aaron Jones, were the difference in the game. They were far more physical than his bigs, Haith said.
Next Up: The Rebels are at Alabama Tuesday night at 8 in an ESPNU game.
An incredible shooting half for the Rebels. That’s the good news. The bad news is it’s hard to imagine Ole Miss keeping up that pace in the second half. We’ll see.
What a pace it was. Marshall Henderson led the way going 6-for-8 from 3. He wasn’t the only one. The Rebels were 9-for-16 from 3 with LaDarius White getting into the act twice, Anthony Perez once.
Missouri upped its shooting percentage to 40 near the end of the half.
The Tigers have a number of weapons, and Ole Miss has worked to guard their top two as much as possible. They’ve Jordan Clarkson to 10 points, Jabari Brown to seven, but at times when Earnest Ross has shot he’s been so open it’s looked like he’s been playing horse. Ross, formerly of Auburn, is 3-for-8 from 3 and has 14 points.
When you spurt out ahead like the Rebels did it usually means the transition game is working. Ole Miss has 19 points off 10 turnovers and is plus-3 on the glass.
Maybe they will force as many turnover in the second half, but that’s another pace that will be difficult to maintain.
Lots of energy from the Rebels’ frontcourt guys. Five rebounds each for Sebastain Saiz and Aaron Jones, and Jones has seven points.
We’re about 40 minutes to tip. A little shootaround video here including good shots of Marshall Henderson’s new do.
Tip: 4 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Net
Radio: Ole Miss Network, Sirius 119, XM 200.
Series: Ole Miss leads 2-1.
Last Meeting: Ole Miss won 64-62 in the SEC tournament quarterfinals in March.
Coaches: Missouri, Frank Haith – 193-123 ninth season, 64-22 third season at Missouri; Ole Miss – Andy Kennedy, 188-107, ninth season, 167-94, eighth season at Ole Miss.
Notes: Ole Miss has three home losses this season but is 4-0 in conference home games. … Rebels G LaDarius White is averaging 9.6 points in SEC games. … Ole Miss is on the road twice next week, at Alabama and at Georgia. … Missouri G Jordan Clarkson has been honored as SEC player of the week a league-high three times. … Missouri F Williams had 17 rebounds in a non-conference game, the second-highest total nationally by a freshman this season.
Missouri 16-6, 4-5 SEC
F Johnathan Williams III 6-9 Fr. 6.5 7.3
F Ryan Rosburg 6-10 So. 4.7 4.5
G Jordan Clarkson 6-5 Jr. 18.7 3.3*
G Jabari Brown 6-5 Jr. 20.1 4.5
G Earnest Ross 6-5 Sr. 13.7 6.5
F Tony Criswell 6-9 Sr. 4.6 4.2
G Wes Clark 6-0 Fr. 4.4 2.3*
* – Assists
Ole Miss 15-7, 6-3 SEC
F Aaron Jones 6-9 Jr. 6.7 7.9
F Sebastian Saiz 6-9 Fr. 5.1 6.1
F Anthony Perez 6-9 So. 6.4 3.0
G Marshall Henderson 6-2 Sr. 19.1 2.3*
G Jarvis Summers 6-3 Jr. 17.5. 3.8*
G Derrick Millinghaus 5-10 So. 8.0 2.3*
G LaDarius White 6-6 Jr. 8.0 3.3
- – Assists