I interrupt this coaching search to bring you some basketball talk.
It was quite an impressive win for the Rebels last night, impressive not in the statistics, necessarily, but in the resiliency at the finish. Are we seeing a trend here, maybe? The Rebels were resilient at the end in beating Miami 64-61 in overtime last Friday.
Last night in their first true road game they survived a turnover and two bad fouls in the final seconds.
The final seconds underscore what Andy Kennedy has said about this team in the early season – there is effort and energy. With those things you can overcome other shortcomings – sometimes – and there are shortcomings. Shooting 39.3 percent from the free throw line (39.3 percent) is inexcusable.
This team doesn’t have a great 3-point shooter. It has athletes who attack the rim and get fouled. If the Rebels continue to shoot free throws like this they will not continue to win close games.
While free throw shooting remains unfortunately consistent, so does Murphy Holloway, and that’s good news.
Holloway had 16 points and 12 rebounds for his third double-double of the season. He grabbed a loose ball and went end-to-end to score the game-winner with 3.7 seconds left.
That came after a DePaul missed free throw when it looked like the Blue Demons might get the rebound and have a chance for the last shot to win.
The Rebels did struggle with the DePaul pressure. That was a concern going in. Jarvis Summers had six turnovers and Dundrecous Nelson five. The Rebels had 20 turnovers, and DePaul scored 30 points off those turnovers.
But Ole Miss outscored the Blue Demons 46-26 in the paint. Nick Williams had a big night too with 17 points on 7-for-9 shooting.
Summers, the true freshman, had 12 points and three assists, solid numbers, but he was just 2-for-6 from the free throw line. Has to get better there, as most of his teammates do as well.
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Friday is Errands Day, so I’ll be in and out, but I’ll be checking the thread.