Saturday, December 23, 2006

Some Big Scorers

Ole Miss defeated Alabama A&M last night 81-57 at Tad Smith Coliseum. They were led by Dwayne Curtis and Clay Sanders who scored 25 and 23 respectively. Sanders started the game hot draining 4-4 from the three point land and scoring the games first 12 points.

Interesting to see that Andy Ogide started the game for the Rebels. Kennedy has played Rodney Jones and Andy Ogide the last two games. I was beginning to think he was going to redshirt Jones and Ogide, but I like the fact they are playing. I assume they could still be redshirted, but I have not heard one way or the other. Two players you have not seen to much of recently is Xavier Hansboro and Trey Hampton. I would not be surprised if one of these players is not with the team much longer. I expect one of them to split ways with Kennedy. Also, Greg Hardy got into the game last night. His first game to dress out for the Rebels since leaving the gridiron. He did get in the stat books with a rebound, but failed to score.

I have said from day one that a big game this season is next week as the Rebels travel to Saint Louis. If the Rebels could win this game, they would go into conference play with a 12-2 record. It is going to be a tough match for the Rebels, and will be just like SEC play. I really like this game on the schedule as it will prepare the Rebels for conference play.

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) - Dwayne Curtis scored 25 points and grabbed 13 rebounds Friday as Ole Miss defeated Alabama A&M 81-57.
Clarence Sanders scored 23 points, Kenny Williams had 13 points and 13 rebounds and Bam Doyne added 11 points for Ole Miss (11-2). The Rebels finished unbeaten in nonconference home games at 7-0.
The Rebels have won 20 of their last 21 nonconference home games, including 11 straight. Ole Miss is off to its best start since 2000-01, when the Rebels started 11-0 and eventually advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.
Cornelius Hester led Alabama A&M (5-5) with 19 points, 18 coming in the first half. Trant Simpson added 17 points for the Bulldogs.
Sanders connected on five consecutive shots in the opening five minutes, including four 3-pointers. The Rebels used the surge to take a 16-11 lead and never trailed again.