By Parrish Alford/NEMS Daily Journal
The Rebels split two games during the week, losing the first one at struggling South Carolina, 63-62, creating a feeling that this team must win each of its remaining regular season games to position itself for an NCAA berth.
The Rebels responded by blowing past Auburn 88-55 at Tad Smith Coliseum.
Ole Miss was held scoreless for more than 5 minutes to close the game in Columbia as S.C. finished on a 7-0 run.
Three days later, Marshall Henderson tied a school record with eight 3-pointers, and Andy Kennedy became the school’s winningest coach with his 145th victory.
The next two foes in the Rebels’ quest to win out are Texas A&M at home and rival Mississippi State on the road.
Ole Miss hosts the Aggies on Wednesday night. They lost by two in College Station as A&M’s Elston Turner, son of the former Ole Miss star, scored 37 points.
The Rebels won big against MSU earlier this year, but Kennedy was not pleased with the team’s play in the second half.
Henderson was 8 for 12 from 3-point range against Auburn and finished with 28 points.
Reserve forward Anthony Perez was 0 for 1 shooting for the fourth-straight game and had three turnovers in 12 minutes.
WarrenNolan.com has the Ole Miss RPI at 57 going into the Texas A&M game.
The Rebels need to win out to strengthen their resume and finish 13-5 in the league. They need contributions beyond Henderson, who has shown he can light it up but had strung together four games of less then 30 percent 3-point shooting prior to Auburn.