Ole Miss basketball fans were excited to see the beginning of the Kermit Davis era which began regular season play Saturday.
The long-awaited Kermit Davis era of Ole Miss basketball has finally begun. Saturday in Oxford in The Pavilion the Ole Miss Rebels (1-0) opened their regular season against Western Michigan (1-1) and the Rebels began the Davis era strong. The Rebels defeated the Broncos 90-64 in the season opener which kicked off the 2018-2019 season. This game follows an exhibition game which the Rebels played the previous week which led to a 101-52 win over Fayetteville State.
Ole Miss basketball fans have become disappointed over the past few years with the program, but rest assured this is a much better basketball team than what we have become accustomed to in Oxford. Coach Kermit Davis has a team which is hitting on all cylinders heading into the 2017-2018 Ole Miss basketball season and they are off to a huge start. Why don’t we take a look at the game and start with the numbers?
Ole Miss Rebels Basketball
Naturally, the Kermit Davis era at Ole Miss has been long-awaited and Ole Miss basketball fans have been anxious to see what would be on the court. Saturday afternoon the Rebels kicked off their campaign in fine fashion with a very solid 90-64 win over Western Michigan. Ole Miss basketball began its first game shooting .541 from the field, .455 from 3 point range and .778 from the charity stripe and four Rebels scored in double-digits.
Leading all Rebels in scoring was senior Terence Davis who had 17 points. Davis also had 2 boards, 2 assists, 3 steals and 1 block. Junior Breein Tyree had 14 points in addition to 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals and 1 blocked shot. Sophomore Devontae Shuler added 13 points to go with 1 rebound and 2 steals. Senior DC Davis added 12 points, 1 board and 2 assists.
Naturally with the first game of the regular season it is difficult to gauge the competition level of our season opener. However, after last seasons debacle it is hard to not be excited for the future of Ole Miss basketball. Besides the Rebels having a new head coach who is a proven winner the Rebels have many of the same players from last season and a few new faces.
What we saw Saturday was an aggressive Ole Miss team on both sides of the ball. When you look at the team numbers on defense you have to be excited. The Rebels out-rebounded Western Michigan 31-28 and created 24 turnovers with 15 steals. This Ole Miss basketball will be a fun team to watch this season.
Please be sure to check back here for more on coach Kermit Davis and the Rebels as they head further into the 2018-2019 season. The Rebels will be on the road to Indianapolis taking on NCAA powerhouse Butler this Friday. Tip-off is set for 7pm and the game can be seen on FS2. Good luck to coach Kermit Davis and the Rebels. Hotty Toddy!