Ole Miss Basketball: Rebels pick up big win over No.10 Vols

Coach Kermit Davis and Ole Miss basketball needed to get back in the win column and did it with a 52-50 win over No.10 ranked Tennessee.

Kermit Davis and Ole Miss basketball (9-8, 4-6) desperately needed a win and found it against the No.10 ranked Tennessee Volunteers(12-4, 5-4) Tuesday night. The Rebels entered the midweek matchup coming off a disappointing 71-61 loss to Georgia on the road. Tennessee entered the SEC matchup coming off a huge 80-61 win over No.15 Kansas.

The Rebels hit the floor fast and took an early 5-4 lead but it didn’t last long. The Vols were hot from 3-point range and soon had a double-digit lead. The Rebels turned up the defense and cut the Vols lead to 28-23 at the break.

In the second half, the Rebels fought back but soon fell further behind after a 10-0 Vols runs. The Rebels 1-3-1 and 2-3 zone defenses were too much for the Vols. The Rebels forced a Tennessee scoring and managed to pick up the 52-50 win. OHT looks at the huge win by the numbers.

By The Numbers

As a team, the Rebels shot 20 of 51 or .392 from the field while holding the Vols to 16 of 45 or .356 from the same distance. From beyond the arc, the Rebels shot just 3 of 12 or .250 while the Vols shot a whopping 8 of 19 or .421 from 3-point range. At the charity stripe, the Rebels were 9 of 14 or .643 while the Vols shot 10 of 16 or .625 from the free-throw line.

The Rebels outscored the Vols 30-10 in the paint while also outrebounding the Vols 37 to 30. The Rebels scored 7 second-chance points on 10 offensive rebounds. The Vols scored 8 second-chance points on 5 rebounds. The Vols found 13 points off the bench while the Rebels bench contributed 5 points.

Leading all Rebels in scoring was Devontae Shuler with 15 points. Shuler also had 2 steals and 7 rebounds. Also scoring in double-digits was Romello White who added 14 points with 2 steals, 1 assist, and 6 boards. Luis Rodriguez and Jarkel Joiner each added 7 points. Rodriguez had 2 steals, 4 assists, and 6 rebounds. Joiner had 1 blocked shot and 1 rebound.

Robert Allen added 4 points with 2 steals, 1 assist, and 4 rebounds. Matthew Murrell added 3 points while Khadim Sy added 2 points, both off of the Rebels bench. Murrell also had 1 assist and 2 rebounds while Sy had 1 blocked shot and 1 rebound.

Coach Kermit Davis and Ole Miss basketball will be trying to stay in the win column Saturday afternoon when they travel to face the Auburn Tigers. Tipoff is set for 3:00 pm CT and the game will be televised via ESPN2. Good luck to coach Davis and the Rebels. As always, stay safe and Hotty Toddy!