Kennedy, others from SEC tourney presser

The videos inserted throughout were taken from the open locker room portion of the media opp. They frown on taking video of players and coaches who are at the table in the media room. For Ole Miss, that was Jarvis Summers, Marshall Henderson and Rebels coach Andy Kennedy.

No matter the circumstances nobody handles a media room like Kennedy.

This SEC tournament doesn’t have the same feel as last year’s did for Ole Miss. There’s nothing short of winning the whole thing that will get the Rebels in the Dance. Last year there was debate about that, but an Ole Miss team that was 12-6 in the league – three games better than this year’s – won the title and eliminated the debate.

Jarvis Summers said what many others have said but with a brutal honest that players rarely show.

“We’re not the team we were last year,” said Summers.

It’s not for lack of his own effort, but for spotty production in the frontcourt that Kennedy has addressed repeatedly throughout the season.

“We’re still searching in the frontcourt. I’m still thinking about who to start on our frontcourt. That’s never a very good sign when you’re embarking on your conference tournament, but it’s just who we are. These two guys have to play well,” said Kennedy.

Here’s Anthony Perez video:


Summers went on to list himself and several teammates, the experienced players, as guys who can make a difference if they’re clicking on all cylinders.

“But we got Marshall, me and AJ. We’ve got some returners from last year’s team. We’ve just got to step up to the challenge and get it done,” he said.

Kennedy agreed.

“Anthony, Snoop, now that Derrick is back with us, along with Newby, those guys are getting the majority of the minutes on the perimeter. Of those four, we need two of them to bring their A game. If all four bring their A game we could play till Sunday, but we need two of those four to really be productive for us. If we get that, and we can at least hold our own up front, this team has shown capable.”

Some Martavious Newby video:


Toward the end of the pressure Kennedy was speaking about his Thursday game, whether against Vanderbilt or in-state rival MSU, and joked about MSU possibly ending the Rebels’ season.

They’re on what 13 straight, a little bit of a schneid? Obviously if State wins tonight, and we have the opportunity to play them, it would be their Super Bowl. Maybe they could go ahead and put us out of our misery. Whoever we play, simply because we have played them both twice, and we are very familiar with them, we know what we’ve got to do, we’ve just got to go out and perform.”

Derrick Millinghaus video:


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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