By Parrish Alford/NEMS Daily Journal
OXFORD – Following a 71-63 win by Ole Miss, Arkansas now leads the all-time series 41-27, but since the Razorbacks joined the SEC for the 1991-1992 season, the series is 21-20 in favor of Ole Miss.
The Rebels have won 14 of the last 16 against the Razorbacks at Tad Smith Coliseum, 20 of the last 28 overall.
Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy downplayed the success against the Hogs.
“I don’t read too much into that. It’s different players, different coaches,” he said. “I’m just glad we got off the mat.”
Holloway had an idea why the Rebels have had Arkansas’ number.
“We played harder than them … and they play hard,” he said.
Goose Egg from 3
The Rebels were 0-for-7 from 3-point range. It was not immediately known how long it’s been since Ole Miss failed to make a 3-point basket in the game. Media relations staff believes the streak of at least one made 3-point shot stretched back more than 500 games to the middle 1990s.
Arkansas put up some points at the end with some 3-point shots, two of them from Jackson native Julysses Nobles, but the Razorbacks were 24-for-61 from the floor for 39.3 percent.
Ole Miss began the night fifth in the SEC in field goal percentage at 39.5. LSU shot 42.6 percent against the Rebels last Saturday in the SEC opener.
Junior guard Nick Williams said he was “mad because he wasn’t starting,” but he still played 34 minutes, many of them down low against the Arkansas bigs. Offensively he was 0-for-3 from 3-point range but 7-for-10 with mid-range jumpers and leaners in the lane.
“It’s about time I did something good. I just had to do what I had to do,” Williams said. “I had to get in the lane and be tough. It’s what I do.”