Stefan Moody had the game of his Ole Miss career Thursday night. Can he continue to play that way down the stretch and shoot Ole Miss into the NCAA tournament? Perhaps. What needs to happen is for others to follow his lead. You can say “others,” but that really doesn’t include everybody on the roster. Roles are clearly defined at this point in the season. It’s late to re-define them, but that can happen if, say, M.J. Rhett or Terence Smith show they can score in double figures consistently. Right now those guys are taking shots where appropriate but understand that Jarvis Summers and LaDarius White have been the go-to guys. It was necessary much earlier in the season for Moody to understand his role. He’s grown into that, as Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy discusses in today’s advance.
Tennessee at Ole Miss
When: 6:35 p.m.
Satellite Radio: XM 191. Sirius 119.
Series: Tennessee leads 70-41.
Last Meeting: Tennessee won 86-70 in Knoxville Jan. 29, 2014.
Coaches: Ole Miss – Andy Kennedy (210-122, 10th year; 189–109 in ninth season at Ole Miss). Tennessee – Donnie Tyndall (214–118, 10th year; 14-11, first season at Tennessee).
Notes: Ole Miss is now second in the nation in free throw shooting at 78.9 percent. However, the Rebels are shooting 67 percent over their last two games. … In addition to scoring 29 points, Stefan Moody led Ole Miss with six rebounds at Mississippi State. … For the first time since rejoining the playing rotation against Florida on Jan. 24, Anthony Perez did not hit a 3-pointer in a game when he had at least one attempt. … Tennessee assistant Al Pinkins was a member of Andy Kennedy’s staff for the last two years. … Ten of the Rebels’ 18 wins have been away from Tad Smith Coliseum. … Ole Miss goes into the game with a 33 RPI ranking.
Ole Miss (18–8, 9–4 SEC)
C – M.J. Rhett 6-9 Sr.. 7.0p 4.8r
F – Sebastian Saiz 6-9 So.. 7.3p 5.2r
G – Martavious Newby 6-3 Jr. 4.0p 5.2r
G – Stefan Moody 5-10 Jr. 16.2p 3.3r
G – Jarvis Summers 6-3 Sr. 12.7p 4.6a
Top Reserves: G Terence Smith, C Dwight Coleby, G LaDarius White
Tennessee (14-11, 6-7 SEC)
G – Josh Richardson 6-6 Sr. 15.8p 3.6a
G – Kevin Punter 6-4 Jr. 10.6p 2.2r
G – Robert Hubbs 6-6 So. 6.5p 3.0r
F – Armani Moore 6-5 Jr. 10.5p 6.8r
F – Willie Carmichael 6-8 Fr. 3.3p 2.4r
Top Reserves: G Devon Baulkman, F Derek Reese