The Facts: Chris Warren had a much better game than he did in Tuscaloosa when the Crimson Tide held him to 2 for 10 shooting.
Warren didn’t exactly have easy shots. He was 0 for 4 from 3 in the first half but also had four assists during that time. He scored 18 of his game-high 25 points in the second half and did it getting to the rim. He ended 2 for 8 from 3.
Good News: The Rebels also played some nice defense, holding Alabama to 43.9 percent shooting and limited the 3-point shots the Tide hurt them with in Game 1. Ole Miss also had a couple of key calls go its way, something that never hurts. The Rebels shot 27 for 34 from the free throw line. Warren and Zach Graham were a combined 20 for 23. Graham had a double-double with 17 points, 10 rebounds.
Bad News: Reggie Buckner fouled out again, but the Rebels were able to overcome that. … The Rebels usually have a lapse at some point, and Bama’s 21-5 run to open the second half was a pretty big lapse.
Bottom Line: After losses at MSU and South Carolina ended hopes for an NCAA at-large bid, the team could have played with no passion today. That wasn’t the case. Perhaps there’s enough fire left to finish strong at Auburn and at home against Arkansas. Get those NIT brackets ready.