Final: LSU 73, Ole Miss 63

Andy Kennedy said he wanted an ugly game to off-set LSU’s athleticism. The Rebels did a good job of uglying things up in the first half, as the Tigers struggled to penetrate the zone defense.

LSU shot just 29.6 percent in the first half.

But the Rebels could manage only a four-point lead at the break as the “big three” were a combined 0-for-11 from floor. They got little better as Stefan Moody, Jarvis Summers and LaDarius White were 7-for-29 for the game.

LSU, meanwhile, found its touch in the second half, much of that due to 15 points off nine Ole Miss turnovers. Ole Miss had 17 turnovers for the game, their most since 18 at Kentucky.

Here’s Kennedy:

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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  • Flareb

    PA, hope you are well. Have not posted much but still follow along. Glad to see JB keeping in touch…….It boggles my mind at the lack of down low presence with this Ole Miss team and college basketball in general. Its pathetic. If its not a slam dunk for ESPN then forget it. Good teams are on to Andy and his crew. Shut them down with pressure on the point and they have nowhere to go. Jump shot and one and done………Summers has completely lost his game. Maybe its time he took a seat to get his head straight. Snoop is the most talented guy on this team and he needs to be more assertive. He’s a match up nightmare for the opposition. Take the ball to the basket!!!…….Andy has done a nice job piecing this team together but in my opinion he’s his own worst enemy. Live and die by the jumpshot. There has to be more on the chalkboard than that……..

  • UMBBFan

    Kennedy blamed the first loss to LSU on a poor scouting report, a clear indication that he did not know Hornsby could make threes like he did. Well quess what, he had a great game again. Was it a poor scouting report this time? If we play them in the SEC tourney will he remember that he can shoot? The radio crew made the point that Kennedy told his bigs that they would score career high points if they could just hit the 15 foot jumpers. A quick look at the box score shows that Saiz and Rhett did just that. However it also shows that they did not get enough shots to score 20 points much less 1000. Kennedy apparently said we are what we are. I didn’t think this is true. We are the plays that we run and if we run our plays to 30 percent shooters rather than 50 percent shooters, then we are a 30 percent shooting team. That is coaching. It needs to change. He can change that in an instant. He always reverts back to how he played and not how we should play. He should be to smart for that but it never changes. It is a shame because he has built a good team than can win in the NCAA tourney. He needs to give up on Summers. If he has a good game, consider it a bonus but give. Smith more time and shots. Have an assistant coach tell him to run a play for the bigs every third time down the court. (Unfortunately he does not listen to his assistants.) if Summers ever shoots a three without making a pass, bench him for the rest of the game. Play to our strengths and successes, not to what he wishes were our strengths.

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