Georgia 75, Ole Miss 73

Notes and thoughts from what was probably a season-ending loss for Ole Miss. …

Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy said his team would embrace the NIT if a bid is extended, but he believes that will depend on Missouri getting an NCAA bid. I haven’t seen any projections that include Missouri.

I thought the Rebels would come out and play hard, but honestly, I thought they would fade a little sooner than they did.

Here’s the Ole Miss postgame:


The leg-weariness did show up with just how far off the mark shots were for Marshall Henderson and Jarvis Summers.

That wasn’t every shot, but there were some that you could just look at and think “legs.”

While players and coaches won’t typically go down that path in a discussion, Henderson confirmed it when he talked about how Ole Miss coaches kept emphasizing technique as the game wore on.

“They kept telling us to get our weight forward, shoulders back, especially me coming up short,” he said. “It’s tough trying to think about that when you’ve got a guy chasing you.”

Stamina aside, the plan was clear for Ole Miss, and that was for Henderson and Summers to keep shooting. The Rebels’ only two consistent scoring threats, Henderson finished with 19 points on 5-for-21 shooting. He was 2-for-16 from 3.

Summers was better, 10-for-16 from the floor for 26 points. I thought the leg-weariness showed up in his 3-point attempts (0-for-4) and free throws (6-for-10).

About the free throws …

There were 51 fouls called in the game, 29 against Ole Miss. Dwight Coleby fouled out with 8 minutes left, Sebastian Saiz with 3:38 to go. That was doubly damaging, because they were both playing well on offense, Coleby with 10 points and three rebounds, Saiz with six points and four rebounds. They were both gone when Ole Miss could not secure the rebound that led to Charles Mann’s game-winning layup, the third Georgia shot on that possession.

Kennedy walked a delicate line on criticism of officiating and could get a call from the conference office.

“It’s unfortunate, and that’s been the case more times than not this year. Some people think it’s good for the game. I don’t really understand it, but we had our opportunities, and you have to adjust to the game as it’s being called. We had foul trouble across the board, and that takes a little away from your aggression. We were playing smaller than I would have preferred against a physical team like Georgia.”

Game Highlights:


While the play of Coleby and Saiz was inspiring that wasn’t the case with all of the supporting cast.

LaDarius White didn’t really factor in, 0-for-2 from the floor and failing to score in 11 minutes.

The bigger mystery was Anthony Perez, so critical in the win against Mississippi State on Thursday, Perez was 0-for-2 from 3, 0-for-4 from the floor including a miss of an easy layup.

The Rebels will need much more consistency from Perez next season.

Here’s the Georgia postgame:


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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  • Karl Hungus

    Hotel Rooms in Atlanta available at big discounts….call 1888Henderlick

  • Karl Hungus

    Well, I hate to admit it, but I was wrong. Looks like the Sharks won’t be a #6 seed in the N.I.T., looks like they’ll be swimming in the same waters as “those pathetic pups” . Karma has bitten the Sharks.

    • Coronel_Panic

      The Rebs are in much better position moving forward than state. We lose 1 player and have a ton of young players who have PRODUCED. State, on the other hand, have a ton of young players who have looked completely inept when playing anyone but the big bad arch nemesis. It’ll be interesting to see how long rick ray is able to stick around.

      • Karl Hungus

        Ricky F’n Ray will get State to the NCAA tournament, before Squidward Kennedy goes again. His recruiting looks a WHOLE lot better than Squidawrds…what a pitiful outlook for the Sharks.

  • Killer_Beeze

    Back & forth game with multiple ties and leads and–once again–terrible free throw shooting was Ole Miss’ nemesis. It cost the Rebels the victory. This had to be one of the worse called games (51 total fouls) I can remember. The new ‘hand check’ rule is so subjective. When you have an Ole Miss player (Jarvis) guarding the basket…literally just standing there with his arms straight up–like the coaches teach you–and a Georgia player brushes by Jarvis on the way to the basket and the ref calls a foul on Jarvis? Un-effin-believable. Could have gone either way. We’ll see who gets the favorable calls today in Katlanta ‘tween the cats & dogs.

    From the Clarion-Ledger Ole Miss Blog:

    “”It was a clear-cut demonstration of the worst of the new hand-checking rules, which were the talk of college basketball at the beginning of the season but had largely been forgotten as the season wore on.
    “Unfortunately that’s been the case more times than not this year,” coach Andy Kennedy said. “Some people think it’s good for the game. I don’t really understand it.”
    Said Georgia coach Mark Fox: “The officials have an impossible job. It’s just the new rules are so hard to interpret.””

    On a brighter note #12 Ole Miss beat THE NUMBER ONE COLLEGE BASEBALL TEAM South Carolina 6-4 last night.
    Diamond Rebs play a double-header today against the Gamecocks. Game 2 at 2pm and Game 3 at 6pm. Catch it “live” on ESPN3.

    • Karl Hungus

      Good grief…bad calls, bad calls…bad calls. Ya got beat and you ain’t going anywhere but home…not even good enough to sniff the rear end of the NIT.

      • Seth Mohundro

        Gosh man… this is getting old. Do you know anything about sports? Much less a complex team game of basketball? If you actually watched the game last night you will realize that the whole game, especially the last 6 minutes, it was like the referees were playing instead of the 10 players on the floor. A game should never be controlled by the refs. Every small hand-check and bump was a foul. The players didn’t know how to defend because the correct way was a foul all night. And who has MSU beaten in baseball? That’s what I thought.

        • Karl Hungus

          Excuses are useless…the game is over…State got several bad calls in the game against Ole Miss…thats just the way the complex cookie crumbles…State will end up in Omaha and once again possess the Egg.

          • TheGiantRebel

            this is from the guy that was making excuses for the loss to Ole Miss. *IF*msu gets back to Omaha they will have to do it on the road. you wont be hosting this year. and the Egg will return to Ole Miss where it belongs…

          • Karl Hungus

            There’s an old saying that goes like this…Ole Miss is a school that believes that it’s widely known for it’s football tradition, but unfortunately it’s only known in the red clay hills of northeastern Mississippi. It’s a case of thinking you’re something you’re not.

          • Karl Hungus

            Ole Miss has received a ton of publicity lately in papers such as NY Times, Wall St. journal, Chicago Tribune. Unfortunately it’s been about all the players being arrested. This is not a new thing for Ole Miss. It’s not a trend, for this has become a traditional thang.

          • Karl Hungus

            The Egg resides where it has lived for the majority of the last DECADE!!! Look it up, fellas. It’s been a decade of DOMINANCE. Mississippi State Style!!!

          • Seth Mohundro

            If you are talking about the 2000’s to now, the series is tied 7-7. You look it up before you speak. I don’t see any more dominance from State than I see from Wyoming. You need to look at the history and you will see dominance from Ole Miss is the overall series. Ole Miss won 14 of 16 straight years. The other 2 games were ties. If you look at streaks, Ole Miss has had 10 times where they had a winning streak of 3 or more games in a row, State has only had 3 times where they have achieved 3 or more games in a row. Stop going on what you saw during the 3 years recently where State beat us. These are FACTS! NOT OPINIONS! Actually research it. You will learn a thing or two. Ole Miss leads big in overall series 61-43-6.

          • karl Hungus

            Well Dr.Doofensmirtz, I am talkin bout the last 10 years from 2005…7 and 3….not back in the days of the Model T. Not in the day of the most lopsided win, when State won 65 to 0..not when Vaught refused to schedule Alabama for 11 years…you best get your facts together.

          • Seth Mohundro

            Actually President Doofensmirtz, it’s 6-3 because 2014 hasn’t been played yet. It has been relatively close when you talk about scoring margin but once again, Ole Miss has a higher scoring margin at 17 compared to barely 16 for State.

        • Karl Hungus

          Three things…a. I watched every agonizing minute of the game, thought Georgia was going to blow it…2. State took 2/3 from a scrappy Georgia team that had an 11 game win streak and finally…z. If, ifs were fifths, we would all gang up and beat one drunk dude near death at a frat party, drive off laughing and cheering at our disgusting deed, then deny what we had done, cause our chance of going back to the Idaho Potatoes Bowl depended on it.

        • Karl Hungus


          • Seth Mohundro

            There is no evidence against them. The guy that got knocked out said he never saw who hit him. He said he took the word of someone who was at the party. By the way, he was the only one that said it was the Dkemdiche brothers. Ask anyone who knows anything about it and they’ll tell you what I just did. And watching one dang game doesn’t make you educated on how basketball works and sure doesn’t mean you know the rules. I have watched a few games of soccer and still don’t know the rules so once again an invalid argument. Like I told you yesterday, I have played basketball and baseball since I could pick up the ball. I have been a starter, never a benchwarmer. I can tell you how you most things about both sports. If I played in the game last night, I would’ve been frustrated because it shouldn’t have been officiated like it was. You are right though. It’s over and it came down to making more plays and the ball bounced the other way. Don’t talk about my boys like they didn’t give the effort. It’s disrespectful and straight up foolish. Don’t ever doubt a players effort or work ethic unless you have been there and know how much it takes to keep relentlessly running 96 feet for 40 minutes. I’m sure it was hard for you to watch the game seeing as are watching to criticize every mistake. That’s despicable.

          • Seth Mohundro

            Also, everything you are saying are theories. There is no fact behind any of it. And we will just wait for the baseball showdown. It should be 3 good games. Get some facts before you speak, otherwise just sit on your couch and keep thinking you know anything about Ole Miss players and coaches. Just wait for the Egg Bowl as well. We will see if Prescott fakes an injury just so he can come in and act like a hero. We run this state, recruiting and all.

    • Karl Hungus

      Bianco avalanche warning…the ugly truth is, after Ellis, the Sharks have nothing…you’re not playing the Arkansas School for the blind, anymore.

  • Karl Hungus

    There was a second gunman on the grassy knoll…I have no idea what you’re talking about…what?

    • Seth Mohundro

      That fight you were talking about sounded exactly like the football players at Ole Miss that “allegedly” knocked a guy out and it hurt him pretty bad but it ended up they really didn’t do it.

      • Karl Hungus

        Seth, you got me thinking about the frat beating. It’s has many intriguing aspects. Like, why would anyone say they saw football players “allegedly” kicking and stomping a unconscious body? Especially when they are students at that university. The victim lives on St Simons Island, which is a rather affluent area, so he doesn’t need the money, Why would a lawyer take the case if there’s no evidence? The victim according to the complaint filed, was unconscious for 12 to 15 minutes and was convulsing, when his friend jumped on top, to protect him, he was also kicked and stomped. Witnesses reportedly said that the alleged culprits heard or saw cops coming and got into a car, driving off laughing and cheering. If they’d not done anything, Allegedly, why would they have run from cops?

        • Seth Mohundro

          Not everyone at Ole Miss like the football players. Some are just there to get an education and don’t care two cents about the school. It was one guy that said that it was the brothers on the team. And maybe he took it because he is their own lawyer and not just hired by them. Just wait for the judge to decide to throw out the case because lack of evidence. They were at the frat party but left before that even happened.

  • karl Hungus

    Certainly not harkening back to the 30s and 40s, when State won 11 straight or back in teens, when unruly Sharkfin fans were so upset over getting trounced that they started a riot and ended the Egg bowl for a few years. Of course you have to discount at least 20 of Ole Miss Egg bowl. wins, because of their cheating..soooo.those are the facts.

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