About Last Night

Notes and observations from a busy day in Ole Miss sports spring football aside …

I didn’t see the basketball game last night, so I’m hesitant to be too critical of the effort. There was a point at the 11:10 mark of the first half when Ole Miss led 17-16 going into a media timeout.

So there was effort for some period of time.

It certainly looks like that was a small window.

From that one-point deficit the Hogs built a 46-point lead with 10:09 left in the game.

The Rebels made a run to close the final margin after Arkansas coach Mike Anderson emptied the bench. Forty-six was enough I guess.

There had been a media opp scheduled for this afternoon. There’s not much to say about last night’s game, but the question moving forward is will the pride factor kick in for the final regular season home game Saturday afternoon against Vanderbilt?

It will in all likelihood be Marshall Henderson’s last home game. As good as he’s been on the floor for most of his two years he’s struggled in recent games, and it’s no surprise the Rebels have struggled with him.

Henderson was 3-for-11 from 3 last night and is 20-for-64 from the arc (31.2 percent) over his last five games. …

If Ole Miss or Mississippi State are fortunate enough to host a baseball regional this season, Memphis is the regional team they won’t want to be invited.

The Tigers have now beaten them both and have won the last three times they’ve played Ole Miss.

Last night it was 4-1. An Ole Miss team that got all the clutch hits last week and went into this week fifth in the SEC in runs score couldn’t get the timely hits after falling behind 2-0 in the first. The Rebels stranded 11 runners.

Ole Miss got nine hits, three of them from Auston Bousfield.

The very good starting pitching the Rebels have gotten on the weekends has not translated to the mid-week games.

The bright spot was that Aaron Greenwood had his best outing yet out of the bullpen, throwing three scoreless innings with two hits, one walk and three strikeouts.

The Rebels are 11-2 and play at home this weekend against Arkansas-Little Rock. …

Women’s basketball copy on this blog doesn’t generate much interest, but the team’s improvement under first-year coach Matt Insell needs to be noted.

The group won only two conference games this season, the same number as last year. The margin of defeat in 12 SEC losses improved slightly from 18.75 to 13.85

But the Rebels were in more SEC games with a chance to win and the end and now are on a two-game win streak. After defeating Arkansas 63-62 in the opening round last night they face Auburn tonight in the SEC tournament.

The team’s two best players are playing better under Insell.

Valencia McFarland averaged 11.4 points and 5.3 assists last year while upping those numbers to 16.8 points and 6.2 assists this season.

Tia Faleru came off the bench last year and averaged 11.4 points and 5.0 rebounds while shooting 41.1 percent. Her numbers are significantly better this season, putting her among the SEC’s top players. She’s been a double-double machine, averaging 16.8 points, 9.7 rebounds and shooting 47 percent.

The biggest thing the Rebels have done under Insell is continue to play harder. Maybe some recruits are taking notice …

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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