By Parrish Alford/ NEMS Daily Journal
Looking Back: The Rebels were respectable at No. 3 Kentucky but lapses at the beginning of both halves proved too much to overcome in an 85-75 loss.
Terrico White had 19 points and seven rebounds, but the Rebels couldn’t off-set Kentucky’s freshman gunslingers. Point guard John Wall had 17 points and seven assists, and center Dmarcus Cousins had 18 points and 13 rebounds.
It was the second-straight loss for Ole Miss. A third-straight loss was avoided Saturday when the Rebels overcame a 23-point second-half deficit to beat Alabama 74-67. Chris Warren had 21 points, and Terrance Henry had a career-high 20. Both were active in a 38-16 run to start the second half that allowed the Rebels to take the lead for good.
Looking Ahead: The Rebels are back on the road Thursday at Mississippi State. Tipoff is 8 p.m., and the game will be televised on ESPN2. The Rebels are at home Saturday against No. 20 Vanderbilt. Tipoff is 6 p.m., and the game will be televised on ESPNU.
Who’s Hot: Warren remains steady in SEC play, getting 36 points in the two games this week. He was 7-for-16 from 3-point range for the week, 4-for-8 at Kentucky, 3-for-8 against Alabama.
Who’s Not: Zach Graham has faltered of late. Once a scoring threat with double-figures in 10 of 11 games, the small forward hasn’t reached double-figures in his last six games. He did not score against Kentucky and had just three points against Alabama.
RPI Watch: The Rebels begin the week with an RPI of 36.
Bottom Line: It’s about getting to 9-7 in the SEC to build a strong NCAA case, 10-6 would be better. A win at MSU would be a boost, but Saturday’s game against Vanderbilt is critical. It’s a good RPI opponent and the first of three-straight home games.