The result was unfortunate for the Rebels but not altogether surprising.
They have struggled offensively on the SEC road this season, and that’s a trend that continued. Ole Miss has shot 38.5 percent or worse for the fourth-straight SEC road game.
After a competitive first half in which the Rebels shot 44.8 percent and were tied at 33 at the break, they shot only 28.6 percent in the second half.
Marshall Henderson was 5-for-16 from 3, 5-for-18 from the floor. Ole Miss isn’t good enough for him to shoot like that and still win on the road. He had 16 points.
Henderson is now 17-for-53 from 3 over his last four games. That’s 32 percent.
Jarvis Summers had his best road game in a while. He had been 10-for-34 shooting over the previous three road games but was 7-for-12 and finished with 18 points.
Former Ole Miss signee Jamal Jones, a 6-8 forward, who is now a first-year junior college transfer at A&M, had 21 points on 4-for-13 3-point shooting.
The Rebels did continue their recent trend of improved rebounding by finishing plus-1 on the glass.
They only turned the ball over seven times. They just didn’t shoot, and they didn’t force enough turnovers — just six — to get easy transition baskets.
Ole Miss drops to 17-12 overall, 8-8 in the SEC. The Rebels have probably solidified themselves a Thursday game at the SEC tournament.
They’re a game out of the top four with a road game at surging Arkansas on Wednesday. The top four SEC teams receive the double bye.
The bottom four have to play an extra game, a “play-in” game to the old four-day format. Those games are set for March 12, the Wednesday of tournament week. The top team among the bottom four right now is Alabama, which is 6-10. If the Rebels lose out and Alabama wins out, the tie-breaker would swing Alabama’s way if it ends in only a two-team tie.
That scenario would mean that Alabama had won at Kentucky this Tuesday night, and that win would have Alabama seeded higher than Ole Miss.