White hopes to continue UM’s skid

By Parrish Alford/NEMS Daily Journal

BATON ROUGE, La. – Malcolm White says he has no hard feelings for Ole Miss, but he hopes to see the Rebels’ four-game SEC losing streak continue.
At least for one more game.
Once the starting center at Ole Miss, White will be holding down the low block for LSU today when the Rebels (12-7, 0-4 SEC) meet the Tigers (10-8, 2-1) at 12:30 p.m., at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.
The game will be televised as part of the SEC Network package on WCBI.
“My two years there, they treated me well and supported me. I have nothing bad to say about Ole Miss, but I am looking forward to playing against them,” said White, who was the first of two post starters in two years to transfer out of the program. Murphy Holloway became the second last May.
White’s stated purpose for leaving was to get closer to his Greensburg, La., home.
Two years ago he appeared in 31 games for Ole Miss, starting 27. On a team that sustained three major knee injuries the third – guard Chris Warren – was the one that could not be overcome, as the Rebels finished 16-15.
That 2009 team began to rely on freshman Terrico White down the stretch.
Malcolm White finished with averages of 7.2 points and 5.7 rebounds. After sitting out last season under the rules of transfer, White is averaging 8.4 points and 5.4 rebounds.
“Everybody expected me to come in and be a 20-and-10 guy. Coming back after sitting out is hard,” said White, who added he expects to be able to “figure out” most of the Rebels’ offense.

Two-way street
Familiarity, however, goes both ways.
“Any time you have someone in your program for two years, you have a good feeling for his game obviously in film study and preparation. He’s two years older than he was when he was here. He’s improved his game in a lot of facets, but we have a general understanding of what his game is about,” Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy said.
White is the Tigers’ third-leading scorer. Guards Andre Stringer, of Jackson, and Ralston Turner, of Muscle Shoals, are averaging 13.0 and 13.7 points respectively.
Turner, though, has missed the last three games with an ankle injury and will not play today.
The greatest concerns for Ole Miss more more internal than external, however.
Through 19 games the Rebels are among the SEC’s top-scoring teams, averaging 76.6 points.
But against SEC-only competition, the Rebels are last in scoring defense (82.0 ppg) and last in opponent field goal percentage (51.9).
“Our awareness has been a concern for me, having the awareness of where we’re supposed to be, the attention to detail as it relates to scouting so you know what to anticipate,” Kennedy said. “Then it comes down at this level to making sure you’re playing as hard or harder than the opponent and finding a way to make stops. We have to get more consistent in that area.”

Contact Parrish Alford at 678-1600 or parrish.alford@journalinc.com.