Notes and thoughts from what was probably a season-ending loss for Ole Miss. …
Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy said his team would embrace the NIT if a bid is extended, but he believes that will depend on Missouri getting an NCAA bid. I haven’t seen any projections that include Missouri.
I thought the Rebels would come out and play hard, but honestly, I thought they would fade a little sooner than they did.
Here’s the Ole Miss postgame:
The leg-weariness did show up with just how far off the mark shots were for Marshall Henderson and Jarvis Summers.
That wasn’t every shot, but there were some that you could just look at and think “legs.”
While players and coaches won’t typically go down that path in a discussion, Henderson confirmed it when he talked about how Ole Miss coaches kept emphasizing technique as the game wore on.
“They kept telling us to get our weight forward, shoulders back, especially me coming up short,” he said. “It’s tough trying to think about that when you’ve got a guy chasing you.”
Stamina aside, the plan was clear for Ole Miss, and that was for Henderson and Summers to keep shooting. The Rebels’ only two consistent scoring threats, Henderson finished with 19 points on 5-for-21 shooting. He was 2-for-16 from 3.
Summers was better, 10-for-16 from the floor for 26 points. I thought the leg-weariness showed up in his 3-point attempts (0-for-4) and free throws (6-for-10).
About the free throws …
There were 51 fouls called in the game, 29 against Ole Miss. Dwight Coleby fouled out with 8 minutes left, Sebastian Saiz with 3:38 to go. That was doubly damaging, because they were both playing well on offense, Coleby with 10 points and three rebounds, Saiz with six points and four rebounds. They were both gone when Ole Miss could not secure the rebound that led to Charles Mann’s game-winning layup, the third Georgia shot on that possession.
Kennedy walked a delicate line on criticism of officiating and could get a call from the conference office.
“It’s unfortunate, and that’s been the case more times than not this year. Some people think it’s good for the game. I don’t really understand it, but we had our opportunities, and you have to adjust to the game as it’s being called. We had foul trouble across the board, and that takes a little away from your aggression. We were playing smaller than I would have preferred against a physical team like Georgia.”
While the play of Coleby and Saiz was inspiring that wasn’t the case with all of the supporting cast.
LaDarius White didn’t really factor in, 0-for-2 from the floor and failing to score in 11 minutes.
The bigger mystery was Anthony Perez, so critical in the win against Mississippi State on Thursday, Perez was 0-for-2 from 3, 0-for-4 from the floor including a miss of an easy layup.
The Rebels will need much more consistency from Perez next season.
Here’s the Georgia postgame: