Kennedy wants to see better defense from his team in today’s opener

Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy says today’s season-opening opponent reminds him a lot of last year’s Charleston Southern team.

That’s not a comforting thought since Charleston came in an pinned an overtime loss on the Rebels on opening night.

Ole Miss was able to overcome that early loss and earn an NCAA bid, its second in three years.

Today at 4 the Rebels take on Northwestern State, a team with four starters back that’s picked second in the Southland Conference. More important than that is the fact that the Demons return a couple of guards who combined last year to average 42 points. One of them shot better than 40 percent from 3 with more than 200 attempts.

Here’s Martavious Newby:

Newby, the Rebels’ best defensive player and a senior small forward, believes the defense will improve. Attention to detail will get better quickly, he says, once a couple of Demons back door he and his teammates.


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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