A few thoughts from a tough loss.
One, Arkansas has shown steady improvement defensively since the Rebels wore them out with 74.1 percent first-half shooting and 56.4 percent for the game in a 96-82 win in Fayetteville.
The difference was Ole Miss’ 37.9 percent shooting compared to Arkansas’ 47.5 percent.
The Rebels had solid effort and energy, but Arkansas was over 50 percent shooting most of the game.
Ole Miss was in the game because of its rebounding. The Rebels were plus-14 on the glass and had 21 offensive rebounds.
“That’s how they got the lead. All of a sudden they got super, super aggressive going to get rebounds. We even had a hand on a couple of them, and they came up with them,” Arkansas coach Mike Anderson said.
You’re not taking full advantage of the offensive rebounds if you’re not shooting well.
Ole Miss would have overcome its shooting had it been better at the free throw line. The Rebels were 15-for-22, a 68.2 percent clip that isn’t terrible but is well off the Rebels’ nation-leading 79.4 percent average.
MJ Rhett was big for the Rebels with 16 points on 8-for-11 shooting and nine rebounds.
Stefan Moody was 4-for-7 from 3-point range at Florida but just 1-for-6 tonight. Moody finds other ways to score, and he finished with 16 points, 7-for-18 from the line.
Arkansas had four players in double figures led by Michael Qualls with 15 points.
It’s the fifth home loss this season for Ole Miss.