By Parrish Alford/NEMS Daily Journal
OXFORD – Terrence Henry may follow up one of the best games of his career by missing the next one.
Henry, a junior forward, had 13 points and 10 rebounds in a 78-51 Ole Miss win over LSU last Saturday. It was the first double-double of his college career.
Thursday afternoon his attention was divided between basketball and fatherhood, waiting word on how and when his second child might enter the world.
Ole Miss is preparing for back-to-back home games against Eastern Division opponents Tennessee and No. 14 Kentucky.
College basketball analysts suggest – and RPI numbers back them up – that an NCAA tournament at-large berth is a long shot for any SEC West team.
“These two games are big games for us. We have to get these two games to reach our goals to get to the tournament. We feel we do have to win them both,” freshman guard Dundrecous Nelson said.
Henry is the team’s third-leading scorer (9.0 ppg), its second-leading rebounder (6.0 rpg) and shot blocker.
Thursday, with too many time scenarios still in play, he was unsure how he would handle his responsibilities.
The mother’s due date has passed. There was the possibility labor being induced late Thursday. Henry said he was undecided on what he would do if the birth was to occur Saturday.
“I’ve just been waiting for him to tell me, ‘Hey, it’s go time,’” Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy said. “He has handled this very maturely, as you would hope an upperclassman would. His mind is there, but he’s done a good job of balancing the two.”
Fatherhood dealt a blow to the program last May when Murphy Holloway, a two-year starter in the post, announced he was leaving to be closer to his Irmo, S.C., home to help raise his daughter. He eventually transferred to South Carolina.
Henry, from Monroe, La., doesn’t believe he’ll leave the program.
“No, I’m a junior now. I’ve got another year here. Everything is going as planned. I don’t feel like I need to transfer back home. My daughter is well taken care of. I see them as much as I can. She comes up here with my mom,” he said.
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