Ole Miss basketball took the court Tuesday night expecting a strong showing from the Rebels. Instead they found a very formidable opponent in South Dakota State.
Basketball is a game of ups and downs. It’s especially that way for Ole Miss basketball so far this season. Such was the case against the South Dakota State Jackrabbits as they showed the Rebels they can compete with a SEC team.
The Jackrabbits turned out to be a scoring machine and led Ole Miss 55-35 at the half. The Rebels were able to make up the 20 point deficit in the second half and with the score tied 82-82 forced overtime. However, the Rebels couldn’t stop the Jackrabbits in the OT and fell 99-97.
How did South Dakota State come into The Pavilion in Oxford and get the win? The Rebels began the game slow and played with no intensity in the first frame. South Dakota State made them pay for the lack of effort in the first half. Let’s look at the game by the numbers and it’s easy to see.
By The Numbers
Ole Miss Rebels Basketball
The only real number which matters is the final score. However, when breaking down the game the numbers tell the story and we see what the Rebels were up against.
On the night Ole Miss were 36 of 72 or 50% from the field which gave them the edge over the Jackrabbits who shot 35 of 74 or 47.3%.
However, the Rebels continue to struggle from the charity line hitting only 18 of 27 or 66.7% while SDS was 11 of 14 or 78.6%.
The most glaring number in the game was the difference in the two teams from beyond the arc. Ole Miss was 7 of 27 or a meager 25.9% while SDS went 18 of 41 or 43.9%.
According to OleMissSports.com, Andy Kennedy had warned his team about the Jackrabbits prior to the game. Obviously the Rebels didn’t listen and had to see for themselves.
"“Our awareness, the urgency of now, I don’t feel it. We tried to warn them that South Dakota State is good. If you let them turn that ball they are going to get open looks and make shots. Wow, they made shots. It made me sound prophetic.” ~Coach Andy Kennedy"
Terence Davis led all Rebels with 22 points. Davis was the driving force for the Rebels in the second half. Davis also had 9 rebounds, 4 assists and a steal on the night. Deandre Burnett, Devontae Shuler and Markel Crawford had 19 points each. Burnett had 1 rebound and 6 assists while Shuler had 3 rebounds, 1 assist and 3 steals on the night. Crawford had 2 rebounds.
Breein Tyree had 8 points and 1 rebound while Marcanvis Hyman had 6 points. Hyman led the team in rebounding with 11 boards. Hyman also had 5 assists, 2 blocked shots and 3 steals. Bruce Stevens had 3 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists.
Hokies Up Next
We keep saying this is a good Rebels basketball team and they are. Of course, they have to continue to get better as they play along side each other or it could be a very long season. The competition will get tougher as the season goes on and the Rebels will have a tough test coming soon enough.
Ole Miss basketball (4-2) will welcome the Virginia Tech Hokies to The Pavilion in Oxford this Saturday. Tip-off is set for 1pm CT and can be viewed on SECN+. Hotty Toddy!