BLOG — Ole Miss men’s basketball coach Andy Kennedy didn’t have a real answer as to why his Rebels struggled like they did in Saturday’s 73-67 loss to Mississippi State at the Humphrey Coliseum.Needing wins to improve their NCAA Tournament hopes, the Rebels, now 21-8 on the year and 10-6 in the Southeastern Conference, have little to no chance of making the field of 68, unless they win the upcoming SEC Tournament. MSU, a team that was held to just 31 points in its last home game against Vanderbilt, got to more loose balls, played better defense and made the critical shots when necessary to pull out the improbable win over the Rebels.
MSU led 34-30 at the half and the Bulldogs maintained an advantage the final 20 minutes of play. The Bulldogs (8-13, 3-13) had two turnovers in the final 1:14 but held on by making seven of its last eight free throws to keep the Rebels at bay. Ole Miss actually made five more shots from the field (25-20) than MSU, but the Bulldogs made up the difference at the free-throw line by hitting 27 of 37 compared to 11 of 16 for the Rebels. Murphy Holloway led Ole Miss with 22 points. Marshall Henderson, the SEC’s leading scorer, finished with 16 but was just 3-for-18 from behind the 3-point arc.
Below are videos of Kennedy’s press conference following Saturday’s loss.
(March 2, 2013)