Five Take-Aways from a 76-60 win over Arkansas

Containing Kingsley in one half: Early on it looked like Moses Kingsley would dominate Ole Miss.
But the Rebels bottled up Kingsley in the second half, a key factor in their 76-60 win over Arkasnas.
Kingsley, who played most of his high school career at New Albany, had 19 points and 13 rebounds in 33 minutes.
However, Ole Miss center Sebastian Saiz helped slow him down in the second half. Kingsley was just 1-for-3 shooting and had four turnovers then.
“We shrunk the floor better,” Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy said. “The first half we allowed him to play in a lot of space. In the second half we did a better job of getting him to his right shoulder where he’s not nearly as comfortable.”

Other guys were huge: I’ve written at length about the need for scoring help for Stefan Moody. Rarely have the roles been reversed, but today they were. Moody was 4-for-17 from the floor, 0-for-7 from 3, ending a streak of 37 games with at least one 3-pointer. Many of his shots weren’t close. He never got going. It was a great time for Tomasz Gielo and Anthony Perez to shoot well from outside at the same time, and they did. Without their effort, Ole Miss doesn’t win.

Here’s Gielo:

Hymon’s double-double: Sophomore Marcanvis Hymon started most of the games Sebastian Saiz missed and played well most of the time.
Saturday he posted his third double-double of the year with 10 points and 11 rebounds in 28 minutes off the bench.

Big on the glass: Ole Miss was plus-18 on the glass. Five players had at least five rebounds led by Hymon’s 11. Gielo, Martavious Newby and Moody each had 5, and Perez had eight.

Best things in life are free: Moody was good at the free throw line, especially down the stretch. He was 9-for-10 from the line, and Ole Miss was 21-for-22 overall. Kennedy said that was the biggest sign that his team was locked in.

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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  • Doug

    #6 another disappointing season orchestrated by a mediocre coach.

    • Killer_Beeze

      Everybody has an opinion just like they have an ___hole. And you Doug just showed yours.

      • Doug

        Ole Miss men’s basketball has been to the NCAA Tournament 4 times in 15 seasons. This will make 16.
        Anyone else think that’s something to shoot for?

        • Killer_Beeze

          Ole Miss won the SEC Conference in 2013.
          Coack Kennedy (in his ten years)has more wins than any other activecoach in the SEC.
          The Rebels have been to the NIT several times.
          What’s YOUR SCHOOL’S RECORD?

          • Doug

            I graduated from Ole Miss in 1998. Why else would I receive these emails? Why are you attacking me? The goal is a college BB coach isn’t to make the NIT. Yeah, the 2013 season was great. It’s also rare. By the way, Calipari has 208 wins at Kentucky. Kennedy has 204. Almost identical. Who do you think the better coach is?

          • Killer_Beeze

            If Coach Kennedy had the same team as Calipari (Parade All Americsns) I’d put my money on Coach Andy Kennedy. I believe Kennedy beat Calipari in the 2013 SEC Champiionship.

            if you’re a Rebel alum, you should take more pride in your school. Half of the SEC schools have new coaches who are not as good as Kennedy IMO. A new arena and an excited fan base (all home games have been seeouts) will attract better recruits.
            Have a little faith Doug. Things are looking up.

          • JB

            Hang in Doug don’t let K_B and Ripleyreb get to you, They are
            “Plank Holders” at that University – Ha!

          • ripleyreb

            KB, if we won a National Championship Doug would find something negative to say.I have never seen him post anything positive about any sport at Ole Miss.

        • concerned

          Or 8 times since the beginning of time. Those 4 in 15 seasons are better than Auburn and Southern Miss, and Kennedy has only missed post-season play 3 times in 10 years. Comparing Kennedy to all coaches at Ole Miss, he has 1/4 of their NCAA appearances. Calipari has 5 of KYs 54 NCAA appearances for less than 10 % of their post-season tourney appearances. Ole Miss has never been a basketball school, but that record sounds pretty good for me at a school where it is treated like a second-class citizen. So yes, it is something to shoot for. Comparing Kennedy to Calipari in basketball is like comparing Stoops (Kentucky) to Saban in football. Anyone would win at KY in basketball…

  • Killer_Beeze

    16-9 is not too shabby, but it doesn’t get any easier. Texas A&M, although on a losing streak will be ready Tuesday night. I think Coach AK and this Rebel team can win at College Station IF they play like they did against Arkansas AND Moody gets his 24 points.
    Good luck guys!

    • JB

      I think Coach Kennedy is a very good coach, He’s a winner. Ole Miss at 6-6 SEC that’s not bad – should they win the SEC tournament i believe they can, then its an automatic spot in the NCAA – they are not dead yet.

      • Killer_Beeze

        Ole Miss has 6 games remaining.
        At Texas A&M
        At Auburn
        At Georgia
        Home Miss. State
        At Tennessee

        Realistically speaking…I’d say the Rebels will beat Missouri & Miss. State. The other 4 away games are not going to be a ”slam dunk”.

        Hopefully the Rebels will get an NIT bid at best. Next season should be a good one. Saiz returns and these young freshman kids are getting lots of playing time. Coach Kennedy has some good recruits in the pipeline.

  • JB

    Ole miss 56 Texas A&M 71 – – Ole Miss couldn’t do much in the second half offensively and made just 2
    of 20 shots in a stretch in the second half that ended with about one
    minute remaining – Rebels got to do better than this – if they want to move on.

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