Kennedy expects injured Gators shooter to play against Ole Miss

Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy has seen the news coming out of Gainesville, but he’s not ruling out Michael Frazier II for the Rebels’ trip to Florida Thursday.

The Gators’ leading scoring has a high ankle sprain. He was 6-for-8 from 3 and had 27 points against Ole Miss in Oxford last month.

“I know Frazier’s status is up in the air, day to day. We’re obviously going to prepare as if he’s there. He’s there main scoring option, a veteran, a guy who’s made big shots for them. They got to him at the end of the shot clock. He didn’t play the whole second half of the Kentucky game. They had to adjust by spreading the floor. Their quickness … they were playing two small guards the majority of the game,” Kennedy said.

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The video didn’t pick up Kennedy making fun of my phone, an iPhone 4, circa 2011.

The possible absence of Frazier doesn’t necessarily create a defensive advantage for Ole Miss, Kennedy said. That doesn’t really matter, though, since he fully expects to see him.

“The only thing I would think it would do is it’s one less guy to locate, especially when we’re in that zone. If we’re scrambling around trying to do some things in that zone in the halfcourt. You really get leery of where he is. That’s one less guy you have to locate, but we’ll prepare as if he’ll play. I’d be surprised if he didn’t.”

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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  • Jb

    Thanks PA and JD for your outstanding Ole Miss sports reporting . Andy Kennedy is a winner and a very good college basketball coach, i see him leading the Rebels to another 20 season winning outcome and possible an at large trip to NCAA tournament play, but I think they will lose this Gator game, Rebels only beat the Gator by one point in oxford and this game in a very hostile place, rebels are winners on the road but not in this case, Gator are very good on their home court..

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