Wednesday night Ole Miss basketball was looking to get a road win over the Georgia Bulldogs. Instead they found themselves on the losing end.
After a home win over the Gamecocks, Ole Miss basketball found itself 1-0 in SEC play and looking to sneak a road win. Of course, Wednesday night all that came crashing to an end. The Georgia Bulldogs (10-3, 1-1) were too much for the Rebels (8-6, 1-1) to handle in Athens and fell 71-60. The Rebels fought hard until the end of the first half as the Georgia Bulldogs took a 39-31 lead into the locker-room.
After the half it was a struggle for Ole Miss to play with any real authority. However they did manage to stay within comeback range at times. The Bulldogs largest lead in the second half was 16 points but the Rebels did cut it to 8 points late before slipping to 11 down as time ran out. Of course, there was not the effort nor the outcome which we expected in Athens.
Ole Miss looked good at times but there was poor defense, poor shooting and way too many mistakes to get the SEC road win. Of course, we know the numbers on the scoreboard can be misleading but an 11 point loss is ugly anyway you look at it. We might as well look at it by the numbers.
Ole Miss Rebels Basketball
Ole Miss basketball has had numbers all over the charts this season. With the ups and downs the Rebels stat-line looks like an EKG printout which may be appropriate for Ole Miss fans.
Wednesday evening Ole Miss stats were once again up and down ugly. The Rebels shot 25 of 70 for a very meager 35.7% from the field. The Bulldogs in comparison shot 24 of 57 for 42.1%.
The numbers from the 3-point line were terrible. Ole Miss basketball shot 6 of 26 for 23.1% while the Bulldogs went 7 of 19 for 36.8%.
From the free-throw line Ole Miss did make 4 of 6 shots for 66.7% Of course, Georgia once again out shot the Rebels from the charity stripe hitting 16 of 22 for 72.7%.
A team can’t lose all three offensive phases and win the game, it’s impossible. As a team the Rebels were terrible. How they respond from this loss remains to be seen, however there were highlights for the Rebels against Georgia. We saw players step up and make some big plays however it’s going to take more consistency.
Breein Tyree played hard and led all Rebels scoring Wednesday night with 17 points. Tyree also secured 3 boards and 2 steals while on the court. Devontae Shuler added 11 points and also had 3 rebounds. Tyree and Shuler were the only Rebels to score in double figures in the contest. Markel Crawford went for 9 points and 6 boards while Dominik Olejniczak added 6 points and grabbed 7 rebounds.
Terrance Davis, Deandre Burnett and Bruce Davis all scored 4 points each on the night. Davis and Stevens both had three rebounds each while Burnett had 2 boards. Stevens did have a blocked shot. Justas Furmanavicius added 3 points with 5 rebounds and two blocked shots. Marcanvis Hymon only went for 2 points on the night, however he did have 5 rebounds.
What It Takes
Basketball is a game built on consistency and Ole Miss basketball was very inconsistent in the loss to Georgia. There were bad fouls and mental mistakes. There were bad shots and poor decision-making which led to turnovers. The Bulldogs were able to make Ole Miss pay for their poor play.
We all like to see players have great games and Tyree and Shuler both played hard and fast and had relatively good games considering. However, it’s going to take five players playing good on a consistent basis for this Ole Miss team to get better. Right now we look great at times, good most of the time and really bad more time than we should with this talent level.
We all hate losses and this one was an ugly one. Of course, the loss puts Ole Miss at a precarious position as they return home to The Pavilion to host Miss State. Miss State currently sits at 13-1, 1-0 so far this season. Of course, it will be a showdown for both schools as the rivalry between the two schools has heated over the past number of years.
The Ole Miss Rebels will host the Bulldogs of State College in Oxford this coming Saturday. The tip-off for the game from The Pavilion is set for 3:30 pm CT and will be televised on the SEC Network. Be sure to stay tuned to OHT with more on the game this week. Hotty Toddy!