Wednesday, January 24, 2007


The headline sums it up about tonight's basketball game. The Rebels came back from a 10 point deficit to win 83-69 over Tennessee. The Rebels outscored the Vols 55-31 in the second half. Many reports from the Tad Pad said that the place was rocking in the second half as the Rebels began to take the lead. Listening on the radio was very frustrating, as it was my first SEC home game to miss in probably five years.

The game was a game of ups and downs if I have ever seen one. Ole Miss held a lead for several minutes in the first half before watching that lead dwindle away to end the half. Ole Miss shot 34% in the first half before ending the game shooting in the upper 40's. To tell another story Clarence Sanders had 2 points in the first half to come out and score 18 in the second. He was a man on fire. This guy is just frustrating to watch. He is either on fire or ice cold. As one loyal reader put it, "It was the ugliest 20 points in the history of the game." But without him tonight the Rebels would have never been able to come back in the second half.

Dwayne Curtis had another strong game with 18 points and 9 rebounds. Bam contributed 13, which I still believe he needs to contribute more. He continues to underperform in SEC games thus far.

The Rebels have yet to be able to put together a 40 minute game this season. However tonight this team did not give up, just like they did not give up on the road at Florida. I really have to give it to Kennedy on this one. I do not believe teams of the last couple of years would have been able to come back from a deficit like they did tonight. They would have rolled over and accepted the loss.

The Rebels move to 2-4 in the SEC for a 13-7 record. The was a big win for the Rebels as it was a home game they had to have to keep the fans interested and to keep any postseason hopes alive. They will travel this weekend to Nashville to take on a red hot Vanderbilt team. Vandy is coming off road wins of both LSU and Kentucky. It is going to be a tough one for the Rebels. Game time is set for noon and it will be televised on the Dave Network.