Big win for Ole Miss, which still needs an SEC run to have any hope and isn’t helped by the fact that Kentucky beat Florida earlier today.
Andy Kennedy hit on something Thursday that I’d been pondering but hadn’t written about. Remember back in the day when 8-8 or 9-7 in the SEC got you in the dance? Ole Miss benefitted some from that benefit of the doubt for the major conferences.
Here the Rebels sit at the end of SEC play 12-6. They were 10-6 after 16, the old SEC schedule, which was the best of the Kennedy Era.
The schedule in theory becomes more difficult in expanding by two games, and Ole Miss wins them both.
Yet there is NCAA uncertainty — indeed, a long shot — because of the conference’s RPI strength and because of who two of those six losses were against.
When the Rebels were hoping to get to 13-5 many of us identified Alabama and LSU as the biggest road blocks. Not Mississippi State. The resume would look a lot different now with a win against either MSU or South Carolina.
But as Kennedy and so many others have said many times. “It is what it is,” so the Rebels need a run in Nashville.
As far as today, I did not attend, but all accounts are it was a solid performance, an example of what this team can do when more than one person is playing well. Marshall Henderson led with 22 points and was an efficient 4-for-9 from 3. Jarvis Summers had 15 points, nine rebounds and four assists. Yes nine rebounds, at least according to Gametracker. And Murphy Holloway was good with 16 points and seven rebounds.
All three of those guys played 40 minutes.
We’re in the bottom of the sixth here at baseball with Ole Miss leading Lipscomb 8-0. Mike Mayers allowed just one hit through six innings, and has been replaced by juco transfer lefty Austin Blunt.
Mike Bianco has a good bullpen this year and is eager to use it regardless of how well a starter is throwing.