For whatever reason, the home environment in basketball seems to carry more weight than it does in football or baseball.
Ole Miss is 3-5 in road games, 1-3 in SEC road games. Two of the conference road losses – Auburn and Alabama – have been in double overtime.
The first one was not so close when the Rebels were without Murphy Holloway and lost 81-55 at LSU.
No away gym has been as problematic for Ole Miss as MSU’s Humphrey Coliseum where the Rebels are 1-12 in their last 13, 3-24 in their last 27.
In spite of those numbers, players say Humphrey Coliseum is no different for them than any other road environment.
Senior forward Terrance Henry says it might take a little longer for younger players to work through it, but at the end of the day, he actually enjoys road games, says he prefers them to home games.
Elsewhere, the Rebels had a 38-35 rebounding edge against MSU when they defeated the Bulldogs 75-67 in Oxford on Jan. 17.
Murphy Holloway talks in this notebook about what Ole Miss needs to do to duplicate its success on the glass and to keep Arnett Moultrie under control as they did in the first game.
With the first win under its belt, Ole Miss is going for its first season sweep of the Bulldogs since 1998.
Holloway, like Henry, doesn’t believe The Hump holds any special magic that will keep that form happening if the Rebels execute.
“I don’t think it does. Not for me. The crowd never really gets to me too often. Some of the young guys it might get to, but the older guys, it won’t bother us,” he said.