Thursday, February 21, 2008

Well, Well, Well

The Rebels returned to a team of old last night as they defeated the Bulldog$ in front of a reported outstanding crowd at Tad Smith Coliseum. The game was not on tv so I can only report from listening to Yellum.

It sounded like Kennedy made a good move by switching Polynice to the #1 guard and Warren playing the #2 for alot of the game. This seemed to light a spark in both of these guys. By all reports this Rebel team was hustling, diving for balls, and playing DEFENSE. Something that has been missing for the past several games.

The loss does not mean too much for M$U they pretty much have the West wrapped up. What it will mean for the Rebels is yet to be told. They travel to LSU this weekend and a win there could give them 19 wins on the season and the first road SEC win of the year. The Rebels will have to finish red hot to make the dance. I will be very interested to see how they respond. I will not ginx the Rebs with a preview of the LSU game.

(UMAA Notes)

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) - Ole Miss used a suffocating defense and took advantage of a loud Tad Smith Coliseum in a 74-63 win over in-state rival Mississippi State Wednesday night.
Chris Warren scored 22 points, Dwayne Curtis had 10 points and a career-high 16 rebounds and Ole Miss held Mississippi State to 38.3 percent shooting. The win split the season series and kept the Rebels' long-shot hopes for a Southeastern Conference Western Division title rolling.
Ole Miss (18-7, 4-7 SEC) snapped its four-game losing streak and Mississippi State's three-game winning streak, halting the Bulldogs' sprint away from the division pack. The loss cut Mississippi State's lead over Arkansas to one game and kept the Rebels alive in the race, though they're still four games behind the Bulldogs (17-8, 8-3) in the standings with five games left.
The Rebels picked up a rare win using its defense. They had five blocks, eight steals and limited the Bulldogs to 26.1 percent shooting from behind the 3-point line.
Ole Miss was especially effective in the paint, outscoring Mississippi State 40-28 even though it only got 25 points from its frontcourt of Curtis, Kenny Williams and Jermey Parnell. But Curtis had nearly half of Ole Miss' 41 rebounds and helped keep Mississippi State forward Charles Rhodes below his average with 13 points