Here’s Kennedy’s postgame. It was entertaining and informative.
First, Martavious Newby didn’t play, because he missed the pre-game meal. Eating is not optional. That’s more than Kennedy usually says about a suspension, which is my word, not his. Kennedy also works the Civil War into his postgame comments.
The Rebels’ frontcourt met its first big physical test of the year. Rutgers’ bigs were pretty good. Ole Miss will see better, but so far, most of the Rebels competition hasn’t been able to keep up inside.
Murphy Holloway and Reggie Buckner each had double-doubles today, Holloway with 17 and 15, Buckner with 14 and 11.
Said Holloway: “It was a lot different with those big guys down there, but we’re big too, so we got it done.”
When things weren’t going well in the first half, defense kept the Rebels in striking distance. Lots of energy from this team, lots of hands in the lane.
Ole Miss finished with 18 assists to eight turnovers, compare to 14 to 14 for Rutgers. Scarlet Knights guard Eli Carter was getting 18 a game but was held to 10 points, eight of that at the free throw line. He was 1-for-12 from the floor.
Marshall Henderson continues to struggle from 3-point range, but he also showed why he continues to play. In a snapshot of his importance to this team, Henderson had a direct hand in eight points of a 9-0 run from a game that was tied at 55. He hit two of his three 3-pointers in that span. On the first, Henderson was left alone in the corner — It doesn’t happen often — and he drained the open shot. The next trip down he hit an off-balance 3-pointer off a screen, and the next trip down he dribbled in for an assist.
Ultimately he finished with 18 points.
Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy called LaDarius White the MVP. White had 13 off the bench and was 3-for-4 from the arc.
The lights blinked in the work room after, screwing up the internet connection. Someone blamed Pete Boone.
We’re driving back now. I’ll download and post videos from home.
If the Rebels’ offensive struggles continue expect to hear more cheers for Laquon Treadwell, the wide receiver prospect, as the students called out in the fist half.
It’s amazing that a team can shoot as poorly as Ole Miss did from every spot on the floor and even be in this game. That’s a point being driven home no doubt by Rutgers coach Mike Rice now.
The Rebels were in the double bonus for about 13 minutes of the first half but could not take advantage, going just 6-for-21 from the free throw line.
Outside that, the Rebels were 12-for-34 from the floor, 2-for-11 from 3. They have fallen behind and battled back a couple of times but have been unable to get over the hump. They had a chance to tie in transition, but Murphy Holloway took an awkward shot, missed, and an Ole Miss foul resulted in two free throws on the other end and the 4-point edge the Scarlet Knights now enjoy.
Marshall Henderson’s shooting struggles continue. He’s 1-for-7 from the floor, all 3s.
Defense has kept the Rebels in it, though Rutgers hit some shorts toward the end to get its FG percentage up to 40. Rutgers is 9-for-13 from the free throw line.
Holloway leads Ole Miss with 8 points, 7 rebounds. He’s 3-for-8 from the floor. Nick Williams with six points is 3-for-9 from the floor.
The Rebels won their first five games because they had a tremendous advantage in size and skill in the post. Not true today in the Big East-SEC Challenge.
Team are out on the floor warming up. Here’s some shootaround video:
On the sideline for Ole Miss are the injured Derrick Millinghaus and the suspended Jason Carter. No other surprises at the moment.
About 20 minutes to tip.
I’ll have updates on Twitter and will be here at halftime and after the game.