Highlights from Andy Kennedy’s time on the SEC teleconference …
When asked if he thought the Missouri win was a “statement” game for Ole Miss, Kennedy had this to say:
“It was an opportunity to play the 10th-ranked team in the country, a team I think is outstanding. Obviously Laurence Bowers didn’t play, and he’s a very good player, but it was an opportunity we needed to take advantage of if we’re going to be taken seriously.”
While Missouri would like to have had Bowers, its leading scoring, Kennedy says the Tigers didn’t get the Rebels’ best shot.
“We didn’t play our best game. It’s not like we played an A-plus game, but I do appreciate the way our guys approached the game. We did what we were supposed to do, and that’s protect home floor.”
And a little bit here on junior forward Demarco Cox who is sidelined with an injury.
“We’ve taken away two guys (Jason Carter dismissal) we thought would give us some frontcourt depth. (Cox) is still out indefinitely. He’s got a stress fracture in that foot. We’re following doctor’s protocol and would like to get him back, but that’s not going to happen this week. My hope is that he rejoins us soon. It’s a big loss, because he brings something we don’t currently have, a big body. Last year he was rounding into a very good rotation player, our third big, playing 15-16 minutes a game.”
If Cox can’t rejoin the team soon Kennedy is hopeful for a medical redshirt but is unclear right now if Cox meets that criteria.