By Parrish Alford/NEMS Daily Journal
– Looking back: The Rebels had no midweek game and had a week to prepare for Saturday’s 74-57 loss to Tennessee at Tad Smith Coliseum.
Determined not to let Chris Warren set the tone, the Vols held the Rebels’ senior point guard to 1 for 10 shooting in the second half. He got no help from his teammates, and Ole Miss shot just 26.7 percent from the floor.
– Looking ahead: The Rebels are at home against No. 14 Kentucky on Tuesday at 6, their fifth game against an Eastern Division opponent.
– Who’s hot: Though he was held in check by Tennessee, Warren remains the Rebels’ most consistent player. He had 16 points against the Vols, the only Ole Miss player in double figures.
– Who’s not: Terrance Henry was just 1 for 9 shooting. He finished with just five points, two rebounds and four turnovers in 24 minutes. He was playing less than 24 hours after the birth of his second child and returned from his Monroe, La., home about an hour before the 3 p.m., tip.
– RPI watch: The latest loss dropped the Rebels’ RPI to 83 according to RealTimeRPI.com. They no longer have the highest RPI in the SEC Western Division. That distinction belongs to Arkansas, No. 82 after beating Vandy.
– Bottom line: The Tennessee and Kentucky games at home were the last chance for the Rebels to play their way into a discussion for an NCAA tournament at-large bid. Half-way into that stretch they’re 0-1 and look ill-equipped to come up with an upset win against Kentucky.