Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Ole Miss Win Continues Roundball Season

It was not pretty, but the Ole Miss basketball team got it together to defeat Appalachian State 73-59 Wednesday night. The win moves the Rebels to 21-12 on the season and breaks a school record for most home wins in a season with 16.

Todd Abernathy was the story tonight as he accounted for 18 points for the Rebels. Todd stepped up tonight in a big way when other guards did not score as much. The Rebels also got 14 points and eight rebounds from Dwayne Curtis as well as 13 points and 11 boards from Kenny Williams. Sanders chipped in 11.

A big part of the loss for Appalachian State was the fact they went on a 6 minute drought in the second half. Appalachian State was a decent team, but in no way were they a NCAA Tournament team like some projected. They were marginal at best.

It was a sloppy game for the Rebels. Probably one of the highest turnover margins this year for the Rebels. They turned the ball over entirely too much including the first 3 possessions of the second half.

Next step for the Rebels is a trip to South Carolina to take on Clemson. Clemson is the number 1 seed in the Ole Miss bracket. The Tigers defeated East Tennessee State tonight to advance to the second round. East Tennessee is coached by Murray Bartow. Coach Kennedy was an assistant to Bartow at UAB. So needless to say we should have a good scouting report prepared for the Tigers.

The game will be Monday night at a time to be determined later. However the game will be on tv in some form or fashion.