CATEGORY: Basketball



Burning the nets: Ole Miss came into the game as the SEC’s worst shooting team (39.6 percent). But that fact couldn’t have been proven against the Commodores.

The Rebels opened the game by canning consecutive shots and opened the second half by hitting five straight attempts. The final totals were 29-of-58, for 50 percent.

“We’re a better shooting team now than what the numbers show,” head coach Rob Evans said. “It takes time for a young team to learn which shots are the most comfortable and best to take. Obviously, we’re learning that.”

Rebel numbers: Rebel forward Ansu Sesay has been on a hot streak at the free throw line, hitting 28-of-32, including four-of-four against Vandy. … The Rebels averaged 24 turnovers per game in opening 0-4 in the SEC. Since then, the Rebels are 3-4 in the SEC and have cut their turnovers to an average of 13.2 per game. … The Rebels defend the 3-point shot better than any SEC team, allowing opponents to hit only 29.4 percent. Vandy managed only 3-of-13, 23 percent. … Ole Miss has won six of the past nine meetings with the Commodores, including five straight in Oxford.

Who’s next: Ole Miss (9-11, 3-7) plays at Arkansas (14-7, 6-3) Wednesday at 7.

– Compiled by Chris Burrows

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