Moody did his thing: I looked down at one point, and Stefan Moody’s shooting percentage wasn’t very good. It’s the totality of the night that matters, and Moody hit some big shots down the stretch. He finished 10-for-23 from the floor, 4-for-11 from 3 and 5-for-6 from the free throw line. He tired a career-high with 29 points.
Free throws were huge: Ole Miss was a good free throw shooting team last year and got off to a good start in that regard tonight. The Rebels were 24-for-28 from the line led by Sam Finley’s 8-for-8 night. That will win you some close games.
Slow start for Gielo: Post-grad transfer Tomasz Gielo has been billed as a shooter. As such, I suspect he’ll be better than the 0-for-4 performance (0-for-3 from 3) that he had tonight. Since he didn’t have the hot hand he played only 20 minutes.
Double-Double for Saiz: Northwestern State didn’t have massive size in the paint, but Saiz looked good scoring from down low. He was 6-for-7 from the floor, 4-for-4 from the free throw line to finish with 16 points and 14 rebounds.
On the glass: The Rebels were plus-12 on the glass, and sophomore Marcanvis Hymon was impressive with six rebounds, three on each end, a steal and a blocked shot in 11 minutes.