Ole Miss basketball moves up in national polls

By Parrish Alford/NEMS Daily Journal

UPDATE: Ole Miss moved up in both national polls. They are No. 16 in The Associated Press poll after being No. 23 last week and No. 16 in USA Today/ESPN Top 25 after being No. 24 last week.

Complete polls below …

REWIND: Ole Miss (17-2, 6-0 SEC)

Looking back
After scoring just 18 points in the first half, the Rebels rode the hot shooting of guard Marshall Henderson to score 44 points in the second half and rally to beat Tennessee 62-56 on Thursday.
Ole Miss played at Auburn just 48 hours later and were a woeful 4 for 17 from the free throw line, but the two biggest free throws of the night – the two hit by Henderson with 6.4 seconds remaining – were the difference in the 63-61 win.

Looking ahead
The Rebels host Kentucky on Tuesday at 8 p.m. and will be on ESPN.
A win could set up a showdown of the SEC’s only unbeaten teams in Gainesville on Saturday, provided the No. 8-ranked Gators win at home against South Carolina on Wednesday night.
It’s a 6 p.m., tip for Ole Miss at Florida, and the game will be shown on ESPNU.

Who’s hot
Henderson averaged 21.5 points in the two games, and guard LaDarius White had a season-high 17 points to lead the Rebels at Auburn.

Who’s not
Senior forward Murphy Holloway continues to be strong on the boards but has been held below double-figure scoring the last two games. Holloway had eight points against Tennessee and five points at Auburn, where he hit 1 of 6 free throws attempts.

RPI watch
WarrenNolan.com has the Ole Miss RPI at 31.

Bottom Line
This team is finding ways to win, but the competition rises this week. Kentucky is a fraction of what it was a year ago but will have more scorers than Tennessee or Auburn, and Florida is playing well in all phases.

AP Top 25
The top 25 teams in The Associated Press’ college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Jan. 27, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and last week’s ranking:
Record Pts Prv
1. Michigan (51) 19-1 1,611 2
2. Kansas (13) 18-1 1,572 3
3. Indiana 18-2 1,457 7
4. Florida (1) 16-2 1,420 8
5. Duke 17-2 1,328 1
6. Syracuse 18-2 1,322 3
7. Gonzaga 19-2 1,177 10
8. Arizona 17-2 1,160 6
9. Butler 17-3 1,023 9
10. Oregon 18-2 969 16
11. Ohio St. 15-4 945 14
12. Louisville 16-4 905 5
13. Michigan St. 17-4 897 13
14. Miami 15-3 894 25
15. Wichita St. 19-2 621 20
16. Ole Miss 17-2 473 23
17. Missouri 15-4 464 22
18. Kansas St. 15-4 463 11
19. NC State 16-4 431 18
20. New Mexico 17-3 333 15
21. Creighton 18-3 312 17
22. San Diego St. 16-4 302 —
23. Minnesota 15-5 281 12
24. Cincinnati 16-4 220 21
25. Marquette 14-4 216 —

Others receiving votes: Georgetown 121, UNLV 56, Wisconsin 45, UCLA 34, Arizona St. 14, Notre Dame 12, Pittsburgh 10, Louisiana Tech 8, Villanova 6, Baylor 5, Iowa St. 4, Memphis 4, VCU 4, La Salle 3, Saint Mary’s (Cal) 2, Colorado St. 1.

USA Today/ESPN Top 25 Poll

The top 25 teams in the USA Today-ESPN men’s college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Jan. 27, points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and last week’s ranking:
Record Pts Pvs
1. Kansas (16) 18-1 760 2
2. Michigan (14) 19-1 757 3
3. Indiana 18-2 686 8
4. Florida (1) 16-2 685 7
5. Duke 17-2 644 1
6. Syracuse 18-2 624 4
7. Gonzaga 19-2 580 10
8. Arizona 17-2 557 6
9. Michigan State 17-4 459 11
10. Butler 17-3 447 9
11. Ohio State 15-4 438 15
12. Oregon 18-2 435 19
13. Louisville 16-4 422 5
14. Wichita State 19-2 340 21
15. Miami 15-3 326 —
16. Ole Miss 17-2 252 24
17. Creighton 18-3 249 12
18. Missouri 15-4 234 22
19. N.C. State 16-4 194 18
20. San Diego State 16-4 171 25
21. Kansas State 15-4 166 13
22. New Mexico 17-3 159 17
23. Cincinnati 16-4 134 20
24. Minnesota 15-5 87 14
25. Marquette 14-4 75 —

Others receiving votes: Georgetown 33, UNLV 32, VCU 27, Wisconsin 25, Pittsburgh 18, Notre Dame 13, UCLA 10, Baylor 7, Southern Miss. 7, Colorado State 6, Saint Mary’s 5, La Salle 3, Oklahoma State 3, Arizona State 2, Middle Tennessee 2, Louisiana Tech 1.

Click here for more Ole Miss basketball coverage at Parrish Alford’s blog Inside Ole Miss Sports.