Monday Morning Update | Ole Miss Sports

Spanning the globe and getting back into routine. …

In a year in which positive highlights were few, Hugh Freeze was the newsmaker of 2011 for Ole Miss. …

In basketball, SMU will arrive at Tad Smith Coliseum at 8-5 and coming off a 73-65 home win Saturday over La. Tech, where long-time Ole Miss assistant and former player Michael White is in his first season as head coach. For Tech, Ole Miss transfer Trevor Gaskins had six points, five rebounds, four turnovers and was 0-for-3 from 3-point range in 35 minutes.

Guard Ryan Manuel led SMU with 13 points in 15 minutes off the bench. The Mustangs were 9-for-18 from 3.

Four of SMU’s five losses have been by six points or fewer, one in double-overtime to Oklahoma State. ..

The Ole Miss women went 10-3 against their non-conference schedule, but were shallacked 83-44 against LSU in the SEC opener Sunday. The women are back at home Thursday against Florida. …

In other news, Dexter McCluster had a fairly productive day and scored the game’s only touchdown as the Chiefs defeated the Broncos, but the story lines were all about Kyle Orton and Tim Tebow. Eli Manning capped off a stellar regular season with 346 passing yards and three touchdowns to lead the Giants to a 31-14 win over the Cowboys and into the playoffs. …