We need wins. Whether we struggle at home to beat LSU or play great on the road like we did at Auburn, we just need wins. For this team, it’s never going to be pretty. Tonight in Oxford is an opportunity for a quality win. Those chances will be few and far between for the Cats in the dismal SEC, so we need to take advantage when at all possible.
I don’t have a lot of time to preview the Rebels today. I have started a new job and my days are filled with meetings and periodic trips to the water fountain (for exercise.) But we’ll give it a quick go. We won’t completely get to know our enemy today, but we’ll learn enough to get by. It’s time for Know Your Enemy: Ole Miss Rebel Black Bears.
I’m told the only place that matters in Oxford is The Grove.
I have never been there, but a trip is definitely on the road trip bucket list. According to my new co-worker, an Ole Miss grad, Oxford is in the middle of nowhere. “You drive and drive and when you feel like you’re really lost that means you’re close. All of a sudden, there it is. There is nothing else near.”
A popular hangout for Ole Miss students is “The Library.” The 0ne without the books.
Eli Manning- A two time Super Bowl champion, Manning played his college football for Ole Miss. A member of the most legendary quarterback family, Eli’s brother is a guy named Peyton. His Dad is Archie. Maybe you’ve heard of them.
Josh Kelley- You’ve probably never heard of Josh Kelley. That’s okay, because you know some people he’s related to. An accomplished musician in his own right, Kelley is a brother to Charles Kelley of Lady Antebellum and he is married to Catherine Heigl (Knocked Up, Grey’s Anatomy, a lot of other movies).
Josh and wife Catherine.
Josh and his brother Charles enjoying some brotherly robe time.
Cheerleading Scouting Report:
I believe those are Spirit Camp attractiveness awards in front of them. Congrats, ladies.
Pictured above is the Tad Pad. This is where Ole Miss plays it’s home basketball games. It will likely be bat or t shirt night in this building tonight.
Their history is not good. They’ve made six NCAA tournaments and one Sweet 16 (2001). They’ve won two SEC tournaments (1928, 1981).
That is all.
Andy Kennedy- By now, everyone knows about Andy Kennedy’s arrest video. He was arrested for assaulting a cab driver and he turned around and asked the cop a lot of questions. He would later plead guilty to disorderly conduct, admitting to a verbal altercation. Kennedy sued the cab driver in Civil Court and was awarded AN APOLOGY. Yes, an apology. I’m not sure if he took it to the bank.
Kennedy came to Ole Miss after one year as the head coach at Cincinnati. He has yet to take the Rebels to the NCAA tourney, but that looks like it will change this year.
Marshall Henderson- When Marshall Henderson isn’t double fisting beers with bros,
kissin’ in the club,
or taunting opposing fans,
he’s a darn good basketball player. Henderson comes into the game tonight averaging 19.2 points per game, 3.3 rebounds, and 1.6 assists per game. He’s also averaging a lot of “getting the finger from opposing students.”
I must say I kind of like him. I won’t like him tonight, but I like guys that play with passion and confidence. I hope his attitude fires our players up and we see some fire out of them tonight.
This will be a tough game to win. Just like the crowds at Vandy, Auburn, and Alabama, this crowd at Ole Miss will be rowdy. They come into the game 6-0 in the SEC and Rebel fans are as excited as Rebel fans can get about basketball.
If we can get this win tonight, it makes up for the loss at Alabama and gets us back on track in the SEC race. A loss isn’t a killer or even unexpected, but this would be a big win for our confidence going forward. See you guys on the live blog.