Friday’s 75-66 loss to No. 15 Kentucky in the second round of the Southeastern Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament boiled down to missed opportunities for the Ole Miss Rebels, not a lack of desire or fight.Ole Miss fell short in its upset bid of the Wildcats, the eventual SEC Tournament Champion, Friday in the Georgia Dome not because it didn’t play with great desire and heart, but because it was unable to capitalize on open shots when the opportunity presented themselves.
The best example of that was displayed in Chris Warren’s stat line. Despite Warren scoring 20 points to lead the Rebels, he was just 5-for-20 from the floor, including a 4-for-15 mark from the behind the 3-point arc. A game after not leaving the contest in the Rebels’ win over South Carolina, Warren played 39 minutes against the Wildcats and the fatigue of playing back-to-back games was evident, Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy said. (March 14, 2011, Page 6)