ATHENS, Ga. – College basketball production in many categories is often better at home than on the road.
That difference, though, is really pronounced right now when it comes to rebounding for Ole Miss.
The Rebels went into Saturday’s game last in the SEC in rebound margin at minus-3.2
There have been some success stories at home. They were plus-8 against LSU, plus-11 against Mississippi State and plus-1 against Missouri.
As Ole Miss has slid down the SEC standings with road losses at Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama and Georgia the Rebels have been minus-14 on the glass on average.
“At home we’re aggressive. We play way better,” Ole Miss freshman center Dwight Coleby said.
Coleby made his first start in order to give the Rebels a lift on the glass, Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy said.
He had six rebounds, all in the first half.
“We have to stay dedicated to rebounding. Rebounding is deciding the game. We’ve got to get strong in that area,” Coleby said.
Guard Jarvis Summers averaged 18 points per game on Jan. 25.
Summers has struggled to reach double figures in the last three road games, getting 11 points at Kentucky, nine at Alabama and 11 against Georgia.
He’s 10-for-34 from the field in those games.
After getting a season-high six points on 3-for-5 shooting at Mississippi State, Georgia freshman Kenny Paul Geno, the former Booneville standout, did not attempt a field goal or free throw against Ole Miss.
He played three minutes near the end of the first half and registered a foul, an assist and a turnover.
Geno’s foul against Demarco Cox at the 1:17 mark saved a dunk or a layup and turned out to be a good thing for Georgia when Cox missed two free throws.
In a one-point loss, Ole Miss was 16-for-26 at the free throw line.
“Jarvis has big shoes to fill. When you’re getting 17 a game you’ve got to carry that on the road. He had 11.” – Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy on the play of guard Jarvis Summers.