Marshall Henderson showed once again why the No. 23 ranked Mississippi Rebels could be a tough out in March.
Henderson scored 28 points against the Tennessee Volunteers to keep the Rebels undefeated in SEC play (5-0). The Rebels improved to 16-2 on the season and are on a crash course with the Florida Gators in a match up for first place in the conference on Feb. 2.
Henderson started off slow, scoring just four points in the first half. However, he exploded for 24 points, including six made 3-point shots in the second half. He came off of double screens, set shooting and dribble hand-offs to get his shots up. If the Rebels head coach Andy Kennedy can continue to run quick hitters to get Henderson the move and enough shots, he will be very tough to guard. Henderson, the SEC’s leading scorer at 19.4 points per game, is also an 87% free throw shooter which means when he draws fouls, he is pretty much automatic from the charity stripe. Henderson was 8-8 last night against Tennessee.
With Ole Miss looking to make the tournament for the first time during Kennedy’s tenure, all college basketball fans will get to witness Henderson’s scoring but also his energy and charisma on the court come tournament time.
Henderson loves to get the crowd, home or away, all riled up. Just ask the Vanderbilt Commodores, when he hit the game-tying shot and ran around the court and stared down the Commodore faithful earlier this month.
In his two games versus Tennessee, Henderson has scored a combined 60 points and once again was full of pizzazz in front of his home crowd. His streak shooting in the second half got the student section, the “Club Red”, pumped up and proved to everyone that Mississippi is to be reckoned with in the SEC and at the national level.
Now Henderson has to carry his momentum into this weekend prove that he is not only the emotional leader of the team and the most exciting player in the country to watch but also one of the nation’s best players.
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