Ole Miss and the All-SEC teams

Early in the SEC season Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy was campaigning for Murphy Holloway as SEC player of the year.

The coaches’ All-SEC teams and individual awards will be announced next week. With all but one game now in the books, I wouldn’t say Murphy Holloway is a player of the year candidate. He had a difficult stretch after the 6-0 SEC start. Holloway had put up double-figure rebounds for three straight games before getting just six Tuesday night against Alabama.

 

Marshall Henderson

Marshall Henderson

Coaches who don’t see Holloway every day may be more influenced by how he performed against them or by his numbers, which are still impressive. He’s averaging almost a double-double and at nearly 15 points a game it’s not just barely a double-double.

I suspect Henderson, as the SEC’s leading scorer, will find a place on the team. I suspect some voters will be turned off by his 3-point percentage, some by his antics.

Presently, Henderson leads the SEC in scoring at 19.6 points a game, a full 1.6 points ahead of Georgia guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, considered by many the league’s top pro prospect.

Henderson is almost two full points ahead of Texas A&M’s Elston Turner and more than three points ahead of Tennessee’s Jordan McRae.

Henderson leads the SEC in made 3-point field goals at 3.9 per game. He has attempted 327 3-point shots, well ahead of Caldwell-Pope, who has attempted 196.

 

Murphy Holloway

Murphy Holloway

Henderson ranks sixth in 3-point percentage at 35.8 percent, behind Caldwell-Pope and Turner, both of whom are slightly ahead of 37 percent.

Henderson is second in free throw percentage at 87.2.

Holloway is the league’s No. 8 scorer at 14.7 points a game, the league’s top rebounder at 9.6 a game. Kentucky freshman Nerlens Noel, injured and out for the year, averages 9.5, and Tennessee’s Jarnell Stokes is third at 9.3.

In conference only play, Henderson leads the league with 20.8 points a game. He also leads in 3-point field goals made at 3.8 but ranks seventh in percentage at 34.4. That percentage ranks behind Caldwell-Pope, who is shooting 41.8 percent against the league, but ahead of Turner, who is shooting 33.3 percent.

Holloway in league play is the No. 3 rebounder with 8.6 a game behind Stokes and LSU’s Johnny O’Bryant, both sophomores.

Denham Springs, La., native, Mississippian since 1989 with a stop in Meridian before arriving in Tupelo. Daily Journal beat writer since 1996, covering Ole Miss since 2002. Proud Northeast Louisiana alum. Follow me on Twitter @parrishalford and listen to Kory Keys and myself daily with The Ole Miss Beat on Rebel Sports Radio.

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  • JB

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  • REBELCUZ

    WHO WOULD WANT THE BASKETBALL JOB AT OLE MISS.THEY WOULD HAFT TO BE OUT OF THERE HEAD TO TAKE THE JOB WITH WHAT THEY HAVE TO WORK WITH.

  • Rebel_Fan

    Parrish…do you understand that a 36% 3-point percentage is equivalent to shooting 54% as a 2-point percentage….36 3′s = 54 2′s…and a “three” is a much harder shot. You seem to be the one who has a problem with 3-point percentage. You’re probably also one who’ll be extremely happy if Ole Miss fails to make the NCAA tourney and jubilant if Coach Kennedy is fired.

    • Parrish Alford

      I understand that Marshall is above the national average in 3-point percentage. For the purposes of an All-SEC discussion there’s a difference between the national average and being an elite player. Marshall will make All-SEC at some level. He’s had a deserving year. His numbers justify it. He deserves it for the tenacity of his play. I think it’s also reasonable to believe that his personality will turn off some voters, whether for the coaches or AP teams. And, I do not take joy in any coach being fired.

    • matchbox20

      I’m actually impressed by PA’s writing as well as Brad Locke’s. And the reason why is neither sugarcoats anything and tells it like it is.The watered-down version is always on the school’s website.The truth hurts sometimes and we have a tough time accepting it. There is always a reason when there is cause for concern. Case in point, we typically don’t want to hear it and will start attacking others.

      • Parrish Alford

        Thanks Box. That’s what we try to do.

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