Progress for Smith

The post-graduate experiment has had mixed results for Ole Miss basketball early on.

M.J. Rhett has had moments, Terence Smith has had fewer of those.

Rhett was brought in for rebounding help and went into Saturday’s 92-63 win over Austin Peay averaging 5.3 on the glass.

Smith, though, has been needed to score. After a slow start he’s doing more of that.

“Terence since SEMO has really settled in,” Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy said. “It goes back to shot-making. He was really, really struggling with his shot. The last three games he’s settled in to where I think he can really help us.”

And not a moment too soon.

The Rebels open SEC play Tuesday at No. 1 Kentucky.

Here’s Jarvis Summers talking about yesterday’s game and the coming of SEC play:

Smith shot 43 percent from 3-point range last season and was a 1,000-point scorer for three years at Tennessee-Martin.

Before the Southeast Missouri game on Dec. 22 he had scored more than two points for Ole Miss just once, that in the opening game against Charleston Southern.

He exploded for 16 against SEMO, a game in which Summers was held out with back spasms.

He had 10 points yesterday on 4-for-7 shooting against Austin Peay.

Against Dayton, which more closely resembles an SEC team than SEMO and Peay, had five points but that came on only two shots, one a 3-pointer.

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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