By Parrish Alford/NEMS Daily Journal
Looking back: The Rebels were down 56-42 to Auburn with just under 11 minutes to play. They went on to score 43 points to win 85-75 to keep alive NCAA tournament hopes, however faint.
Chris Warren had 26 points, Terrico White 21, and the Rebels were 26-for-37 at the free throw line against Auburn.
Alabama coach Anthony Grant took away White’s dribble penetration, but the sophomore guard responded by going 4-for-6 from the arc and hitting the go-ahead 3-pointer with 31 seconds left. Ole Miss also got 14 points and 4-for-7 3-point shooting from Trevor Gaskins in a 76-73 win in Tuscaloosa.
Looking ahead: The Rebels are at home Thursday night at 8 against LSU and conclude the regular season at Arkansas Saturday at 3.
Who’s hot: Terrico White had 36 points on the week, finally attacking the rim and getting to the free throw line, the part of his game that had been missing this season. His performance at Alabama showed his versatility, but Kennedy will encourage White to get to the rim when opportunities are there.
Who’s not: For the week Eniel Polynice was just 3-for-13 for 7 points, four assists and five turnovers.
RPI watch: Ole Miss begins the week with an RPI of 61.
Bottom line: With a win against struggling LSU, a road win at Arkansas and a good showing in the SEC tournament, the Rebels could attract attention of the NCAA selection committee. However, they may ultimately be hurt by the SEC’s RPI. It’s not likely the league will get six teams in the tournament, which means Ole Miss must distinguish itself against a brother along the way. That will be tough considering Mississippi State, Florida and Tennessee are all 9-5, and the Rebels are 0-4 against them.