Unless foul trouble has dictated otherwise, Reggie Buckner and Murphy Holloway have logged heavy minutes this season.
Buckner is averaging 27.5 mintues a game, Holloway 31.3.
In what ammounts to a consolation prize of sorts, Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy believes his two most important frontcourt players will remain fresh as the regular season reaches its final two weeks.
Buckner has been dealing with a season-long knee issue that’s kept him out of practices but not games. Holloway is as healthy as he’s been since sustaining a severe ankle sprain on Dec. 21 against Middle Tennessee State.
The ankle sprain caused Holloway to miss three games and to stay off the floor for a number of workouts as well.
“I don’t think they’re any more tired than they people they’re playing against. For Murphy, I think he’s as energetic as he’s been for some time, just because of the injury. I don’t see him with a noticeable limp any more. Based on the fact that he had those injuries, and he had to rehab, and his court time in practice was not really what we would have preferred, because we had to rest him, and he had to get over those injuries, I think for the most part he’s got live legs.
“Reg has had a situation where he’s missed a good amount of practice. He’s got a chronic knee issue that we’re going to have to address after the season is over with. If we have four days before a game he’ll probably only get live action in a couple of those based on the symptoms of the knee. I think both of them are OK physically.”
Kennedy said he’s not sure how Buckner would respond if the Rebels were to go on an SEC tournament run in New Orleans that required games on successive days. The injury has been such that in the preparation time leading to several games, Kennedy and the staff weren’t sure how much they would have Buckner of if they’d have him at all.
“It’s odd. Some days after a game he’ll have some swelling, some days he does not. It makes it kind of unnerving as a coach to know how we prepare. Is he with us, is he not? Can he play, can he not? And we’ve had to deal with that a little bit,” he said.