There’s been no secret about Ole Miss’ need for scoring from junior college transfer Stefan Moody. Assistant coach Todd Abernethy has described him as the guy who is the replacement for Marshall Henderson.
There was hope Moody would hit some 3s, maybe not as many but at a higher percentage.
It’s been a slow start for a guy who was the top freshman in the Sun Belt Conference two years ago. He and his coaches are hopeful that’s about to change.
Moody had 26 points on 9-for-17 shooting int he Rebels’ last game. He was 3-for-7 from 3, doubling his 21 percent 3-point average for the season. Oddly enough, Moody banked in his first 3-pointer, but that seemed to loosen him up, Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy said.
In the video he talks about his slow start and about the need to hit outside shots. When he does that, Moody’s floor game will have great potential. He’s much quicker and more athletic than Henderson. He can make teams pay for extending too far to guard him.
That quickness makes him a better defender too.
Right now Moody is averaging 13 points but is shooting just 38.7 percent from the floor, 21.4 percent from 3-point range.
He’s getting 24.2 minutes a game. When Kennedy talks about the “three or four” guys Ole Miss needs to play well in order to win Moody is definitely in that group.
Tonight’s tip against TCU is at 8 p.m.
The Horned Frogs are coached by Trent Johnson, formerly of LSU. They’re 7-0. Ole Miss was 5-3 against Johnson at LSU and is 16-18 against current members of the Big 12. Kennedy is 3-1 against the Big 12.
TCU defeated Mississippi State 61-52 in a holiday event in Corpus Christi last week. Senior Kyan Anderson is an All-Big 12 guard who is averaging 12.7 points and 3.7 assists.
The Rebels picked up wins over opponents from the AAC (Cincinnati) and Big East (Creighton) in Florida. A win tonight would give Ole Miss a third win against a noted major conference for the first time in three years.