Sunday, January 21, 2007

Gators Hold Off Rebels

The Florida Gators were up 25 at one point in the second half but held off a run by the Ole Miss Rebels to win 79-70 on Saturday. The top ranked team in the nation was just too talented for the Rebels to play with. Some of the best passes and assists I have ever seen were made by Florida this weekend. They are a good team and have plenty of talent to make it to the final four again.

The Rebels were led by a second half charge from Clarence Sanders who scored 15 of his 17 in the second half. Eniel Polynice also added a hot hand in the second half scoring eight. Polynice had a chance to cut the lead to four with about two minutes left, but it barely rimmed out.

I was very glad to see the Rebels fight back and not give up in this game. When they were down 25, they could have easily rolled over and packed it up. Instead they fought back and went on a 29-11 run to come back on the Gators.

The Rebels have to get more contribution from Bam Doyne who contributed 11 against Florida. Bam has not carried his weight in the past few games. To be the leading scorer, he is going to have to score more than 11 or 12 a game. Also no points out of Jermey Parnell and Kenny Williams hurt the Rebels. Both of these guys fouled out with no points.

At any rate the Rebels come back home to play Tennessee on Wednesday night. Tennessee is a pretty good team, but has lost a couple as of late. It should be an interesting game to see how the Rebels react to two straight losses to arguably the best teams in the conference.